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Lot 57
1939 Ford Standard Station Wagon


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CHASSIS NO: 184843998

• AACA National First Prize winner
• Factory enclosed coachwork
• Well-maintained and cared for
• Art Deco-inspired styling

221 cid, L-head V-8 engine, 85 HP, Stromberg 97 carburetor, three-speed manual transmission; solid axle king-pin front suspension, live rear axle with transverse leaf spring, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 112”

As American’s economy started to return to prosperity at the end of the 1930s, Ford was continuing to develop and improve their automobiles. Offering vehicles in two distinct series, Ford offered the Standard series, and an upscale Deluxe series. For commercial and fleet buyers, Ford’s Standard offerings presented an attractive package and had the bonus of being powered by a V-8 engine. Though the wood-bodied station wagon was a passenger car-based vehicle, most applications for these attractive utilitarian vehicles were in commercial fleets with many states considering these workhorses to be commercial rather than private vehicles. Ford had been the first American car maker to introduce a factory assembled station wagon back in 1929 and, by 1939, they were the wagon masters. New for 1939 was the introduction of optional roll-up door windows plus side glass for the liftgate and rear side panels. This was also the year that Ford introduced hydraulic brakes using 12-inch drums and providing 162 square inches for “quick stopping and long life.”

Ford’s official production records show that 3,277 Standard station wagons were produced for the 1939 model year with 2,203 of those wood-bodied beauties opting for the optional window package. Station wagon bodies were produced for Ford by Murray which would complete the wooden structure and then ship them via rail to the various assembly plants. This stunning example was treated to a full complete and authentic restoration which has garnered it an AACA National First Prize Award. All of the sheet metal was brought back to its factory specification and painted in a deep shade of maroon. The chrome bumpers feature a deep and reflective finish with the bright molding bringing out the speed lines on the Art Deco-inspired hood and front fenders. Distinguished from the Deluxe series, Ford’s 1939 Standard series carried styling cues first seen with the 1938 Ford such as the teardrop styled headlight blended into the front fenders. The “alligator” style hood leads back to the V windshield which is mated to the fully restored wood body. The woodworkers restored the body to perfection with all four doors plus the liftgate and tailgate lining up just as they were designed to do.

Looking inside the car, the restored three-spoke steering wheel with its V-8 center button emblem commands attention. Showing under 1,000 miles since its restoration, the dashboard simulated woodgrain finish add to the natural wood grains with all the plastic knobs and decorations in place. The original combination fuel, oil, amp, and temperature gauge cluster are all in working order. There is even a factory original radio with the antenna mounted top and center above the windshield. The three seats, which accomodate the driver and up to seven passengers, are fitted with durable tan leatherette covering and have been restored with proper springs and matting to make the ride as comfortable as possible. Even the open wood slats of the ceiling have been restored to their original beauty with the original courtesy light centered over the front seat. The top has been fitted with the proper long-short grain black vinyl while the running boards have been fitted with new vulcanized black rubber running board covers. Original steel artillery wheels are adorned with a matched set of 1939 style Ford hubcaps, complete with trim rings, which really “pop” with the wide whitewall tires which were rarely seen when these wagons were new, especially on the Standard models. Even the interior floorboards have been covered with an exacting reproduction black rubber matting.

Under the hood is a fully restored period-correct early V-8 engine done in its original finish and completely brought back to life. The gleaming black oil-bath air cleaner is fresh and mounted atop an original Ford “91’99” carburetor. Used sparingly since its restoration, this station wagon captures the era of the big-band sounds, when revolutionary vehicles like this represented the innovation and prosperity of America.

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