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Lot 651
1950 Ford Custom Deluxe Station Wagon


Selling on Saturday Evening

From The Tom Sharp Collection


• Just 29,890 miles from new
• Expertly restored and maintained
• Iconic style and design
• The ultimate '50s grocery-getter

239 cid V-8 engine, 100 HP, three-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension, rear leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 114"

A new, longer wheelbase chassis was Ford's big news for 1941; the top-line models being renamed 'Super DeLuxe', and it was with this range in mildly restyled form that the company resumed production post-war in 1946. With a transportation-hungry public eager to buy just about anything and everything that Detroit produced, there was little impetus for change in the early post-war years and Ford's first all-new design did not appear until the 1949 range was introduced. With the '49 model, Ford adopted wishbone-type independent front suspension and swapped the old transverse springing for longitudinal leaves at the rear, while fresh styling saw the rear fender bulge eliminated in favor of a straight-through line. There were no significant changes made for 1950, though the designation of the top-of-the-range V-8 series, previously 'Custom', became 'Custom Deluxe'. The latter comprised six different models for 1950, the most expensive of which, costing $2,107, was the two-door 'Woodie' station wagon. Chromed window moldings, a chromed horn ring, two sun visors, armrests on all doors, and chrome trim strips to the lower body sides were among the Custom Deluxe's distinguishing features.

One of only a relative handful surviving worldwide, the Custom Deluxe 'Woodie' Station Wagon offered here may just be the lowest original mileage example anywhere, with just 29,890 original miles from new. Introduced in the 1949 model year, part of their first post-war model line, the new Ford chassis abandoned several design elements retained by Ford since the Model T, including a torque tube driveshaft and transverse leaf springs. In a major change, Ford sought to change the marketing of station wagons, transitioning their use from strictly commercial vehicles to premium multi-purpose family vehicles. The listed retail price in 1950 was $2,119 and 31,412 were manufactured. No one could know we were entering the last years of wood-bodied car production. Designed by Eugene Gregorie and Ross Cousins, the Ford station wagon marked the first transition away from the full "Woodie". In place of a complete wooden body aft of the firewall, the new Ford station wagon was designed with a steel roof, rear fenders, and tailgate frame. Wood construction remained for the side bodywork and upper and lower tailgate using mahogany plywood trimmed by maple or birch.

This lovely example was restored by a team of experts, including Veley’s Restoration of Boring, Oregon handling the bulk of the wood restoration, installation, and body and paintwork. The original bodywork and woodwork were retained, and the restoration of the interior woodgraining was handled by Lauren Matley. The maroon paint finishes are excellent, with top-notch chrome and trim throughout, and the door fit – including the rear hatch, which is a tough one – is excellent. The new leather upholstery was fabricated and installed by Paul Reichun of Mt. Vernon, Washington, and the impression when climbing into the plush interior is nothing short of amazement. The art deco dashboard has all the original instruments, and the clean interior has ample room for seven in plush leather luxury.

Few classic cars enjoy the recognition that follows a “Woodie” wagon everywhere, simply because there are few vehicles as iconic and distinctive. With an unmistakable and unforgettable style, this 1950 Station Wagon offers the new caretaker a unique opportunity to enjoy a car that will immediately be admired by enthusiasts everywhere and is easily capable of modern highway speeds.

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