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With few pre-war woodies so carefully preserved, this charming 1941 Ford DeLuxe Wagon is a rare find. The car still wears its completely original deep amber wood, which remains in good condition throughout, showing a beautiful, healthy age. The doors, which are built almost entirely of wood that is now over 65 years old, close tightly and crisply. All of the chrome is original to the car with the exception of the hubcaps, which are correct and emblazoned with the appropriate Ford signature in body color.
The interior is equally original and just as lovely. A few years ago it was determined that some repairs to the stitching were in order, so the seats were disassembled, and then re-stitched by hand using the proper factory stitch holes. The upholstery remains in wonderful condition and shows a lovely patina that only pre-war leather develops. The car is complete with the optional and very hard to find third-row seat, making it a comfortable ride for up to eight people and is even equipped with its factory-installed heater.
The car was repainted nine years ago with a special process to age the new paint. The car is currently presented in its original Barcelona Blue livery, closely resembling the original factory finish, but in an excellent aged condition that is fitting and quite appropriate to the overall patina of such a highly original 1941 vehicle.
Mechanically, the Ford has had a recent overhaul that attended to the engine, three-on-atree transmission, and the braking system. The V-8 engine is believed to be original to the car and is largely unmodified. The tires have seen less than 500 miles and are high-wall radials, giving the visual impression of 1941 bias-ply tires, yet offer the road-holding comfort and safety of modern tires.
This woodie wagon was conscripted into service for the 2007 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance as an automotive journalist’s entry. It performed without fault, driving effortlessly alongside all of the concours cars throughout the 60-mile drive through Big Sur.
Presented here is a rare opportunity to acquire one of the few largely untouched pre-war V-8 woodies in existence. This is a highly usable, original-condition Woodie Wagon that can be driven and shown anywhere. With its recent mechanical attention, it is truly a pleasure to drive and be seen in. Few woodies have survived the ravages of time so gracefully.