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Lot 157

1950 Ford Custom Deluxe Station Wagon

  • Chassis no. BOKC149702

Sold for $99,000

Model 0BA. 100 bhp, 239.4 cu. in. Flathead V8 engine, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 114"

Ford’s changes for 1950 were subtle: new pushbutton door handles that operated rotary latches, relocated parking lights, a modestly redesigned hood ornament and a new medallion for the hood and trunk. The instrument panel received new knobs, and “non-sag” springs and foam cushions improved the seats.

The engine received a new camshaft, timing gear and a three-blade fan, none of which measurably increased power. A torsional stabilizer was added to the front suspension, and improved steering linkage resulted in “finger-tip control,” although real power steering was still in the future. Station wagons now had real leather only on the driver’s seat (second and third seats were in vinyl), and received the automatic courtesy light now standard on Custom Deluxe models.

There were two versions of the station wagon in 1950. The early model carried over the window design, seats and wood tailgate of the 1949 Custom. In May 1950, to keep pace with competitors’ new developments, a revised model was introduced. The second seat could new be folded flat for load space, although the third seat still had to be removed. The side windows were changed so that only the forward pane slid open, and a steel stamping replaced the wood tailgate. The side panels, too, were now steel, with Di-Noc imitation woodgrain. Although the name did not appear on the cars, the new Ford wagons received the new name “Country Squire.”

As one approaches this late 1950 station wagon, the first impression is one of a restored car that is crisp in every detail. In fact, however, this car is original with just 23,481 miles! The silvertone light blue/gray is subtle and understated and the mahogany woodgrain panels are as fresh as the day the car was delivered. The maple wood frame is perfect and casts a warm honey-colored glow. The all-original interior received an Early Ford V8 Rouge Award in 2007 at Temecula, California. Its headliner, dash, mats, two-tone upholstery, linoleum floors and glass could pass for new. The heater and radio perform as new, while fog lights and dual rear view mirrors complete the accessory list.

Nick recently drove this car to a woodie show in Dana Point, California, a 160-mile roundtrip, and remarked, “It’s like driving a new 1950 Ford. The overdrive makes cruising at 70 mph a piece of cake.” Acquired in 2004 by Nick out of long term storage in Utah and currently registered with year of manufacture California license plates #39B1840, this late 1950 Ford is certainly one of the finest unrestored “shoebox wagons” in existence.


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