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The Ford Sportsmen
With peace finally achieved in late 1945, “Bob” Gregorie, who was ousted following Edsel Ford’s death in 1943, was brought back by Henry Ford II to direct Ford’s postwar designs. The existing prewar designs were freshened to meet pent-up demand while all-new models were developed and, to drive showroom excitement in the meantime, Henry Ford II championed the limitedproduction, top-level Super DeLuxe Sportsman Convertible. Utilizing hardwoods sourced from the vast Ford-owned forests and the expertise of its Iron Mountain workforce, projected costs for the project were attractively low. With production delayed by strikes and material shortages, 1,209 examples of the Sportsman were built for 1946, followed by 2,250 for 1947 and 28 renumbered 1947 cars for 1948.
Continuing to rank among the most desirable and collectible cars of the immediate postwar era, this glamorous Sportsman from the inaugural 1946 model year clearly benefits from a comprehensive restoration with meticulous workmanship evident throughout. It is well known in Early Ford V-8 Club circles, having scored 954 out of a possible 1,000 points to achieve the coveted Dearborn Award at the fall 2012 Western National Meet.
Featuring expertly refinished wooden bodywork, the Sportsman is handsomely complemented by a rich Dynamic Maroon exterior finish with Golden Tan leather upholstery and tan cloth convertible top. The engine and underhood area have been thoroughly detailed with correct accessories, components, finishes, and labels in place; and inside, the Art Deco-inspired dash is particularly attractive in its own right. In keeping with the rest of the vehicle, the trunk compartment is fully paneled. As expected, this Sportsman is very well equipped with the requisite Super DeLuxe trim and standard and optional features, including bumper tips and over-riders, a clock, heater, pinstriped body-color steel wheels, hubcaps and trim rings, a radio, wide whitewall tires, and an engine-oil filter.
Beautifully and authentically restored without being overdone, this fresh and very rare 1946 Sportsman Super DeLuxe Convertible will surely continue to “tick all the boxes” as one of the finest postwar Ford models ever conceived. As such, it also remains one of the final and finest achievements of the Classic Era.