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Lot 114

1947 Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman Convertible

  • Chassis no. 1967487

Sold for $214,500

Model 79A. 100 bhp, 239.4 cu. in. L-head V8 engine, three-speed manual transmission with Columbia overdrive, solid front axle and live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 114"

Even in 1947, when production rates had increased, the Sportsman sold at disappointing levels. In the summer of 1947, prices were reduced by $100, to little effect. Model year production reached only 2,250, one-tenth the volume of the steel-bodied Super Deluxe convertible. Although the Sportsman remained in production for the early part of the 1948 model year, except for their chassis numbers those early ‘48s were identical to 1947s. The last Sportsman built, for example, does not have the new ignition lock that was the principal differentiation for 1948 models. By the end of October 1947, Sportsman production had ended for good.

Restored on the East Coast by Kent Bank and Chip Webb of Automotive Restorations in Stratford Connecticut , builders of considerable renown, this September 1947 Sportsman is finished in the popular color Glade Green. The body contours are all excellent, and the paint exhibits a deep shine. The Maple and Mahogany body is highly varnished. The doors both shut well and the top is new black canvas with 1946-style red piping. It has a tan canvas lining. The brightwork is all excellent, and the running board rubber is new. The glass all has Ford script, is very good and looks original.

The seats are upholstered in red leather, which looks new, and the front floor has rubber mats with maroon carpet inserts; the rear floor has maroon carpet. The dashboard is perfectly restored in maple woodgrain; the plastic looks new and is excellent. The instruments appear original and are very nice, as is the steering wheel. Accessories include a radio, heater and electric clock.

The luggage compartment is well detailed, with correct gray cardboard liner and black rubber mat. The lid works well, and is ably supported when open.

The engine compartment is clean and well detailed and there is a bypass oil filter on the left cylinder head. The chassis and underbody are nicely restored in gloss black, and are very clean. B.F. Goodrich 6.50-16 blackwall tires are fitted, and there is a matching spare in the trunk.

Owned by Melville Warren Garbitt in the 1970s, the car received an AACA National First prize in 1991. Nick Alexander purchased it in February 1995. It received the Early Ford V8 Club’s Dearborn Award at Dearborn in 1998 scoring 995 points. Alex Devello, Nick’s wood specialist, drove this beauty to Dearborn and back accounting for about half of the 10,000 miles acquired since restoration. Accompanying him on the trip were Nick, driving a ‘39 Ford station wagon, shop manager Tim Krehbiel, in a ‘48 Mercury convertible and woodgrain and assembly specialist Jaime Torres, in a late ‘50 Ford station wagon. All four cars received their Dearborn Awards and a good time was had by all.

This car’s Columbia overdrive axle makes highway travel very pleasant. It is registered with California black plates HTM624, which go with the car. A nice example of one of the latest 1947 Sportsman models, it is unparalleled for open air motoring. Cruising characteristics were further enhanced with a four-inch Mercury crankshaft and later Mercury cam, expertly installed by Tim Krehbiel to increase horsepower but retain the outward factory stock appearance.


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