CHASSIS NO: 181128704
• Highly sought-after early Ford V-8
• Striking appearance that perfectly captures the era
• Constructed of basswood, birch, and maple wood at the Iron Mountain, Michigan plant
• Three-speed manual transmission
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221 cid, V-8 engine, 85 HP, three speed manual transmission; wheelbase: 112”
Henry Ford’s revolutionary manufacturing ideas didn’t just stop after the creation of the assembly line. When the market started to steadily move away from wood body automobiles, Ford went against the grain (pun intended) by buying the Michigan Land and Iron Company consisting of a whopping 430,000 acres in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Months later, Ford made the decision to establish a manufacturing plant south of Iron Mountain. The plant proved to be a game changer as it was close to inexpensive power and water transportation. Ford was able to keep workers busy around the clock crafting wood panels and parts. As a bonus, the trees produced at the Iron Mountain plant endured long cold winters which caused the trees to have a slower growing process resulting in sturdy lumber. This slow-growing process caused the trees to have dense and brilliant shades of wood grain which made every Ford woodie wagon have its own unique shine and shade. Henry Ford ran the town and the rail lines going in and out, and ultimately, the entire local economy. He treated his employees with much respect, and in return, they took pride in their work in constructing some of the finest looking wood panel automobiles known to this day.
Constructed of basswood, birch, and maple wood from the Iron Mountain, Michigan plant comes this 1934 Ford Model 40 Station Wagon. This car has gone through a frame-off restoration that speaks for itself. Resprayed in its original Vineyard Green and featuring the iconic Ford Greyhound mascot atop the radiator, this station wagon presents a striking appearance that captures the classic Ford V-8 Era. The combination of horizontal and vertical ribs forming small squares on the wood panels have been restored back to a beautiful rich glow. The spoke wheels have been painted in a correct and tasteful light yellow that are clad with new tires. Sitting proudly on the passenger side is the seldom seen optional sidemounted spare.
Open the doors and one will quickly notice how well the restoration was done on the inside as well. The interior features bench seating in the front and rear, with two separate seats in the middle for easy access to the rear. The seating features new period-correct black upholstery and new rubber matting has been laid throughout the flooring. All the door panels and hinges are flush and straight, and the back tailgate opens and closes with ease.
Powering this gorgeous Model 40 Station Wagon is its original, mechanically sound V-8 engine. Exceptionally clean and featuring period-correct components, it is sure to make an impression on the motoring public and will be a hit at any car show. Backed by a three-speed manual transmission, the joy of driving this wagon is easily evident at every turn.
Ford decided on a modest production run of V-8 powered four-door station wagons in 1934, most of which were used by workers hauling items to and from their destinations and many were destroyed while doing so. Beautifully restored and produced in limited numbers from the factory, high quality 1934 station wagons such as this example have proven to be exceedingly hard to find, and a sure favorite among all car enthusiasts.