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Lot 146

1942 Ford Super Deluxe Station Wagon

  • Chassis no. 186789541

Sold for $159,500

Model 21A. 85 bhp, 221 cu. in. Flathead V8 engine, three-speed manual transmission with Columbia rear end, solid front axle and live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 114"

Probably few people were surprised when United States automobile production was halted on February 10, 1942. War preparations had been in the air for months, indirectly boosting the sales of 1941 cars, as the public sensed that it might be their last chance for a new car.

In May 1940, President Roosevelt chose William Knudsen of General Motors to head a new National Defense Council. Already automakers were searching for substitutes for metals likely to become scarce: zinc, nickel, and chromium. On May 24, 1941, the President declared a state of national emergency. Shortly thereafter the nine auto manufacturers made an agreement with Knudsen to reduce 1942 production by 20 percent from projected schedules. Later, the reduction rose to 50 percent, and GM announced there would be no new models for 1943.

The customary new model introductions began in August 1941. Willys announced that molybdenum-iron pistons had replaced aluminum ones; Chrysler’s had become cast iron. Chevrolet substituted steel stampings for zinc castings, and whitewall tires became extinct, partly because zinc was used in their sidewalls. Ford devoted a full page in Ford News to such changes as plastics for metal-plated interior trim and a 98.7 percent reduction in the use of magnesium.

On October 24th, the War Production Board issued Passenger Car Limitation Order L-2b, which decreed that from December 16th bright trim could be used only on bumpers and bumper guards. This order was modified so that materials already in stock could be used if painted, resulting in the so-called “blackout trim” on some models. Finally, the new quotas for February 1942 were revoked, and manufacturers were given until February 11th to fill their January allotments. Ford and Pontiac were the last to do so, on the tenth.

This 1942 Ford Super Deluxe station wagon predates the “blackout” period, its body number dating from November 1941. It is painted in rich Moselle Maroon, the paint having a deep shine, and the body no contour flaws. The original Maple body shows a classic honey-colored glow that can only be achieved with ten or twelve coats of marine varnish. The doors are perfectly aligned and close like a vault. The roof is covered in new brown artificial leather, the chrome is new and all brightwork is excellent. The running board rubber looks new.

The seats are upholstered in new brown leather, the front furnished with lap belts for two. There are new floor mats, black rubber in the rear and black rubber with a brown carpet inset in front. The dashboard has been restored in walnut woodgrain by duplicating the factory woodgrain etched plate three-step process. The instruments and steering wheel are also restored and the car is equipped with radio and heater.

The engine compartment is clean, the engine painted correct blue. The chassis and underbody are painted black and are extremely clean. The car is fitted with Goodyear 6.50-16 blackwalls, installed in 2001. The spare is tailgate-mounted, under a metal cover.

Purchased by Mr. Alexander in July 2001, the car was driven by Nick to Dearborn, Michigan from Los Angeles, approximately 2,500 miles in record 100-degree weather, without problems in the summer of 2003. After being judged at 984 points, it received its Dearborn Award from the Early Ford V8 Club. It runs and drives well, its Columbia two-speed axle and four-inch Mercury crankshaft and later Mercury cam facilitating long distance travel. It is registered with California year-of-manufacture plates 2F9957, which go with the car. An artifact from America’s entry into World War II, this woodie typifies the cars that served the nation at home for the duration and many years thereafter.


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