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Lot 127

1934 Ford V8 Station Wagon

  • Chassis no. 18587379

Sold for $132,000

Model 40. 85 bhp, 221 cu. in. Flathead V8 engine, three-speed manual transmission with Columbia two-speed rear-end, solid front axle and live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 112"

Changes to the Ford line for 1934 were modest. Most noticeable was the crisper shape of the radiator grille, with a sharper leading edge and fewer, bolder bars. Its chrome bezel was deeper and flatter. The V8 ornament on the grille was revised, as were the hub caps, and the headlamps and cowl lamps were made slightly smaller. Mechanical changes comprised a new Stromberg two-barrel carburetor, replacing the previous Detroit Lubricator single-throat component, and a redesigned air cleaner. Although not acknowledged in many sources, the four-cylinder engine remained available but was seldom ordered. Just 95 station wagons were so equipped. Despite a price increase to $660, production of the V8 wagon grew, reaching 2,810 for the model year.

Mengel Body Company in Kentucky had ceased to fabricate the wood body parts for Ford station wagons at the start of the year. Thus the production of wood parts became exclusively the domain of Ford’s Iron Mountain facility in the forests of northern Michigan. Workmanship at Iron Mountain proved to be first rate, and the completed bodies assembled by Murray in Detroit were of top quality. The station wagon bodies had several minor differences from their 1933 counterparts, including new exterior door handles, and revision of cowl ventilator and tailgate details.

The wood body on this 1934 V8 Station Wagon was built by noted Southern California wood body builder Kames Kirst almost 30 years ago and has acquired a level of patina that could be mistaken for Henry’s own wood. The car has since benefited from a stem-to-stern restoration, to a very high standard. The wood exhibits absolutely no staining or discoloration and the varnish is impeccable. The doors all shut well and have even gaps. The sheet metal has excellent contours, although the Cordoba Gray paint has a few light scratches. Unlike earlier Ford station wagons, the fenders are painted body color. The brightwork and windshield are excellent, the side curtains newly fabricated in the original pattern, and the roof is covered in new brown artificial leather.

The seats are newly upholstered in authentic brown-black artificial leather. Floor mats are correct brown rubber. The dashboard is finished in body color, and the instruments have been restored. Unlike the 1933 models, the instruments are installed directly into the dashboard, without the damascened bezel. The black steering wheel is in excellent condition.

The engine is clean and attractive, with accurate and appropriate hardware, but is not overdone. The chassis frame and underbody are painted in gloss black, and are immaculately clean. The car is fitted with 5.25/5.50-17 Firestone blackwall tires on black spoked wheels. The spare is carried in the right front fender; the tires were new in 2002.

The original body number, 2062, signifies a build date of July 1934. The odometer currently reads 3,283 miles and the car is registered with California year-of-manufacture plates 1W8453, which accompany it in the sale. It runs well, and with its Columbia two-speed rear axle can cruise effortlessly on country roads or freeways alike. Purchased from Walter Froemke of Villa Park, California, in September 1997, it was honored by the Early Ford V8 Club with a Dearborn Award in 2003.. It represents the chance to acquire a prize-winning Ford woodie that is a delight to drive. In fact it was driven by noted Columbia expert Dan Krehbiel from Los Angeles to Dearborn alongside his son Tim, who was driving a ‘33 Ford Station Wagon, and Nick., who drove a ’42 Ford Wagon. All three received Dearborn Awards and this car a score of 985 points.


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