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Lot 119

1936 Ford Station Wagon

  • Chassis no. 183241538

Sold for $121,000

Model 68. 85 bhp, 221 cu. in. Flathead V8 engine, three-speed manual transmission with Columbia two-speed rear end, solid front axle and live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 112"

The 1936 Fords are considered among the most attractive of the era, courtesy of a front end restyle by Holden “Bob” Koto of Briggs Manufacturing Company. Koto, whose career spanned nearly 40 years, later helped Dick Caleal model the 1949 Ford and worked for Raymond Loewy on the 1953 Studebaker. Wire wheels were abandoned for a pressed steel design with a wider bolt circle. A larger radiator aided cooling, and transmissions gained helical gears for first and reverse. Additionally, 1936 also saw the first use of insert engine main bearings.

The station wagons continued the new body adopted in 1935, but several changes were adopted during the year. In April, it was announced that safety glass would be available in rear doors and quarter panels. The glass was removable, but could not be adjusted or easily opened. In June, a Deluxe Accessory Group was added to the options list, consisting of chrome wheel trim rings, tandem windshield wipers, the Deluxe “banjo” steering wheel, a glove compartment lock, a sun visor and a dome light. The transition from commercial utility vehicle to upscale passenger car had begun.

Equipped with the Deluxe Accessory Group, this 1936 Ford station wagon is the result of a 13-year restoration. The sheet metal is painted in Cordoba Tan with a red pin stripe, the wheels in Poppy Red with chrome trim rings. The body is straight and true, and the paint shows only the occasional blemish. The wood is original, with only a few stains and areas of discoloration, elegantly varnished, and the top fabric is new brown artificial leather.

Brightwork is generally good, with some minor pits on the door handles. Windshield and side glass carry correct Ford scripts, and the car has the glass rear door and quarter panel windows introduced in mid-year. The running board rubber is all in good condition.

The seats are newly upholstered in brown artificial leather, the front furnished with lap belts for two. The brown rubber floor mat in the rear is new; the front is an older item that shows some stains and wear. The instrument panel is refinished in walnut grain, another mid-year change commensurate with the October 1936 body date. The instruments have been restored, while the original banjo steering wheel has a few nicks on the rim. The odometer shows 11,429 miles. In addition to the Deluxe equipment group, the car is fitted with fog lamps, twin outside mirrors, a working radio and an exhaust heater.

The engine compartment is clean and detailed, although not overdone and the engine is painted in Ford green and has aluminum heads and intake manifold. The chassis and underbody are painted in black, showing evidence of road use, and the tires are Firestone 6.00-16 blackwalls, new in 1997, with the spare mounted under a metal cover on the tailgate.

The car was purchased in 1997 from Walt Hansen of Riverton, New Jersey, who restored it and drove it extensively. The recipient of a Dearborn Award during Hansen’s ownership, it has also received multiple Preservation Awards from the Antique Automobile Club of America. It was also featured in a 1998 article in the former Special Interest Autos magazine.

When Nick asked Mr. Hansen if he thought the car was reliable enough to drive home to California, Hansen replied “I guarantee it.” Four and a half days and 2,980 miles later, Nick pulled into his garage in Pasadena. The car cruised at 60-65 mph, got 18 miles to the gallon and encountered no problems, despite the stiff head winds, thunder storms and showers.

It is currently registered in California with year-of-manufacture plates 1D4721, which go with the car. A desirable example of the 1936 Ford station wagon with the Deluxe Accessory Group, it runs and drives superbly and the Columbia two-speed rear end allows effortless highway cruising.


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