Beginning in 1940, after the relationship between Ford and the
Murray Corporation went south, Ford needed an alternative way to
produce their Woodie Station Wagon. This led to Ford having the
idea of fully in house production will all body assembly being
completed in Michigan and then sent to assembly plants fully
trimmed out. They made the change and with it also redesigned the
overall look. A lot of changes were incorporated including a more
rounded roofline at the windshield, the rear quarter panels were
now one piece, new grill design and the rear doors were no longer
"suicide" now opening towards the front. They also relocated the
spare back to the tailgate as it was in the mid 30's. Management
was ultimately very happy as the quality increased while also
coming in at a lower price point. This beautiful 1940 Deluxe was
found in 2007 where it was tucked away in a San Francisco boatyard.
It was then sent to Jim Lowrey's restoration shop in Tilton, New
Hampshire by a well known collector Michael Dingman. The result is
a beautiful frame off restored car that looks as though it could be
brand new on a showroom in 1940. All of the wood work was done by
Mike Nickels in Traverse, Michigan who pulled out all the stops.
The wood used during normal production was somewhat random so they
opted for the high end birdseye maple. Due to being such a
treasured wood this grain was often reserved for Henry Ford's small
collection or special customers. It is absolutely gorgeous and the
Maroon painted steel is the perfect backdrop to highlight its
beauty. It is clear that during the build a large effort was made
to keep as original and factory looking as possible. The level of
detail is unmatched by most vehicles down to small things like the
hardware used all having the heads aligned to face the same
direction. It wears all its correct chrome and trim as well as the
correct brown grain leather roof. The glass is all in great
condition with a 2 piece windshield and pop up rear window. The
painted to match wheels feature Ford Deluxe hubcaps with beauty
rings and the wide white wall tires look perfect on the car.
3 engine options were available for the cars with the largest being
the 95hp 239 V8 flathead produced for Mercurys. The motor was
totally rebuilt and refinished with everything under the hood
looking factory correct. It has been driven very minimally since
completed but it does run great. The 3 speed manual transmission
shifts smoothly with no issues. If you were impressed with the cars
exterior just wait until you take a peak at the undercarriage. All
of the stock components received the same quality level of paint as
the body did. It is so clean you could eat off it. This is
definitely a concourse level car that all car aficionados will
The interior features brown leather that looks like it has never
been sat in. It has the stock 3 row bench seating with the middle
being slightly shorter to allow access to the rear. The headliner
is like a work of art and from top to bottom this thing is one if
not the nicest original '40 Woodies around. The dash features its
original components all of which are working properly.
This beauty is something you need to see in person to truly
appreciate. It could easily be a museum piece as an example of
exactly how these Wagons were originally constructed.
Add this rare Ford to your collection for $172,500.00!
1940 Ford Deluxe
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