CHASSIS NO: 185691704
• Frame-off restoration
• Presented in prideful Lyon Blue with beautifully varnished wood
• V-8 engine with classic three-on-the-tree manual transmission
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221 cid V-8 engine, 85 HP, three-speed manual transmission, hydraulic brakes; wheelbase: 112”
Marketed as “An All-Ford Beauty”, The Ford Motor Company began shipping their all-new 1940 Station Wagons to dealers across the country in September of 1939. Once again, Ford offered a Standard and a DeLuxe model for the year, with each model having their own distinct features. Both models shared the same body, but the Standard had a different front end and had a driving compartment similar to the previous year’s Standard model. Like the ‘39, the Standard came with leatherette seating while the DeLuxe had genuine leather upholstery. The 1940 models welcomed new changes from the previous year; the spare tire was moved outside to the tailgate, the shifter was moved from the floor to the steering column, and the standard was offered with more options straight from the factory. With only a $75 price difference separating the two models, the DeLuxe wagons outsold the Standards 8,468 to 3,257, making the Standard model more rare and arguably more valuable today than the DeLuxe. The 1940 models proved the Ford Station Wagon had come a long way from its commercial origins and was now fully accepted by Americans as a multipurpose vehicle for work or play.
Before this stunning example was treated to a marvelous frame-off restoration and made its way into the Steelewood Collection, it had spent most of its life residing in Indiana. A stack of photos documenting the car before the restoration shows how much work went into it. Painted in correct Lyon Blue that seems to turn to a light purple when the sun hits it just right, and with distinct curves and lines throughout the body, this woodie wagon is sure to attract all the attention it deserves. The maple, birch, and basswood panels and doors have been beautifully varnished and reflect a breathtaking shine. Ticking the box on some of the exterior options straight from the factory, this wagon is equipped with whitewall tires and sideview mirrors on both the driver and passenger side. It also features amber fog lights and a rare chrome front grille bumper that has the labeling of “Ford” across it in bright red.
The new features didn’t stop with the outside of the car in 1940, as the interior also saw an array of changes. The dashboard is painted in a Briarwood Brown and houses the new dash for the 1940 models. Previous years’ models featured two large gauges, while this year had one large rectangle that housed all the gauges. The 1940 models was also the first year the three-speed shifter was moved to the column, a feature that would last right up until the woodie wagons were discounted. One will also be pleased to see a factory option heater and radio, two features that add to the nostalgic driving experience. The seating for eight has been restuffed and reupholstered and presents absolutely correct. Under the hood, the engine bay features the factory-correct engine components with the exception of a modern-day battery for reliablity. The original Ford V-8 engine has been fully restored and runs strong and smooth.
Living up to its name as “An All-Ford Beauty”, the 1940 Station Wagon was an instant hit with the public. With a stunning frame-off restoration, beautiful color, and equipped with many factory options, this station wagon will be a great automobile for any car enthusiast to acquire, show and enjoy.