Formerly owned by a prominent member of the British Racing Drivers’ Club,1935 Ford Model 48 Deluxe Station Wagon

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Formerly owned by a prominent member of the British Racing Drivers’ Club, 1935 Ford Model 48 Deluxe Station Wagon

Sold for US$ 98,280 inc. premium
Formerly owned by a prominent member of the British Racing Drivers’ Club
1935 Ford Model 48 Deluxe Station Wagon
When Ford redesigned its cars for 1935, moving the engine forward to between the front wheels and lengthening the passenger compartment it made a series of changes that were ideally suited to complement the four-door station wagon.

“Center-Poise Ride,” Ford’s term for locating the passenger seats within the area in front of the rear axle played right into the hands of station wagon designers, creating room behind the usual back seat for a third row seat or leaving a large area for luggage and cargo. Both attributes perfectly suited the ways station wagons were intended to be used. The extra passenger compartment length created room for larger doors for easier access and the designers at Murray came up with rollup mechanisms for the front door windows.

Ford was trying to preserve its workforce and utilize its vast facilities efficiently in the face of reduced demand during the Depression. One significant change involved the station wagons. Until now the wood had been fabricated at Mengel Body in Kentucky and assembled by Baker-Raulang or Murray. Ford had vast timber holdings at Iron Mountain in Northern Michigan which had been used during the Model T and Model A era as a source of supply for wood framing used in building steel paneled bodies. The use of wood in passenger car bodies had, however, declined to almost nothing so in 1935 production of all the wood panels and frames for Ford’s station wagons was brought inhouse at Iron Mountain. There it united Iron Mountain’s large supply of old growth hardwood and its high quality saw and planing mill with shaping and assembling the panels. They were then shipped to Ford’s assembly plants where they met up with Murray’s special stampings for final assembly.

The station wagon has always been highly attractive to collectors. It combines the attraction of the automobile with the undeniable pull of beautifully grained and finished wood in the body framing and panels. The long winters of Michigan’s Iron Mountain region produced slow-growing trees with dense rings and frequent flashes of brilliant color and unusual grain. Every Ford Woodie Wagon was therefore unique and the workers at Iron Mountain took special pride in the way they selected the wood, joined the intricately-shaped pieces and finished it for maximum color, effect and longevity.

The example offered here has been in the present ownership for only a few years but for many years before that was shared by the present owner and its previous owner, a prominent member of the British Racing Drivers’ Club who had owned it since 1989. An older restoration, importantly its wood body, including the framing, panels and interior panels, appears to be all original Ford Iron Mountain wood which is in excellent condition with sound varnish and no evidence of water staining at joints or fasteners.

It is finished in Black with Olive Green vinyl upholstery by LeBaron Bonney. As with all 1935 Ford wagons it has rollup windows in the front doors and a full set of side curtains for all the rear windows. There is a heater, locking enclosed rear mounted spare tire, cigar lighter, outside rear view mirror, single windshield wiper and dual chrome Sparton horns. Since being acquired by the present owner the battery has been replaced, the gas tank has been flushed and sealed and the carburetor and fuel pump were rebuilt. Other than that it has needed nothing and the owner reports it starts at a touch of the button and was driven at 60 mph from Portland to the sale location.

Many aspects of this 1935 Ford Station Wagon appear to be original and untouched including the grey-painted body hardware. During the prior ownership it was kept in England where the then-owner and the current owner shared it during vintage racing expeditions. It was a fixture in the paddock at the Goodwood Revival and Festival since the beginnings of those extraordinary events and has been enjoyed since coming to Oregon on tours, in local shows where it has frequently taken prizes and been People’s Choice, and on occasion as a wedding car for the children of friends and acquaintances.

Only very rarely does a 1935 Ford Deluxe Station Wagon become available and usually when they do they are trailer queens that are restored to beyond perfection and unusable for anything but shows. To add insult to injury, they are generally prohibitively expensive. This example, on the other hand, is in beautiful but usable, highly original condition, a classic Ford woodie wagon that needs a family to love and cherish it.

Or a vintage racer who can give a good home to a vintage tow car.
Formerly owned by a prominent member of the British Racing Drivers’ Club,1935 Ford Model 48 Deluxe Station Wagon
Formerly owned by a prominent member of the British Racing Drivers’ Club,1935 Ford Model 48 Deluxe Station Wagon
Formerly owned by a prominent member of the British Racing Drivers’ Club,1935 Ford Model 48 Deluxe Station Wagon
Formerly owned by a prominent member of the British Racing Drivers’ Club,1935 Ford Model 48 Deluxe Station Wagon
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