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Lot 132

1939 Ford Standard Station Wagon

  • Chassis no. 185090842

Sold for $170,500

Model 91A. 85 bhp, 221 cu. in. Flathead V8 engine, three-speed manual transmission with Columbia rear end, solid front axle and live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 112"

In 1939, the Standard and Deluxe station wagons were readily distinguishable from one another. The standard used 1938-style front fenders, and a grille based on the 1938 Deluxe configuration, but with a more distinctive upper section and hood side panels. Most station wagons now had safety glass all around, though side curtains were still available. Just 315 Standard wagons were so equipped, however, against 2,203 with glass. Standard wagons had artificial leather seats, while Deluxe models got leather facing on the cushions. The Standard model lacked the bright windshield moldings, passenger windshield wiper and sun visor of the Deluxe models, but some of these could be added as options. The basic price of the Deluxe wagon was just $85.00 more than the Standard, so most customers opted for the additional features. More than 8,200 Ford station wagons were built in 1939, second only to 1937’s record.

In concert with other 1939 Fords, they were the first to use hydraulic brakes and the last available only with floor shift. They had another distinction: the last to use Murray-built bodies. At the end of the model year, the assembly process was transferred to Ford’s timber operations in Iron Mountain, Michigan.

A very high quality restoration, this 1939 Ford Standard station wagon is painted in attractive Gull Gray. It exhibits a deep shine, and has no surface flaws. The wood body is a 60 year old maple frame with birch panels showing the patina that only comes with Henry’s carefully maintained first growth wood, protected by 10 coats of high quality marine varnish. The doors have good alignment and shut well and the glass is all correct with Ford script. The brightwork all appears new, as do the original running boards with new vulcanized rubber. The roof is covered in new gray artificial leather.

The interior is newly upholstered in brown artificial leather. The front seat is furnished with lap belts for two. There is a new black rubber floor mat in front, and tan pyramid pattern rubber to the rear. The dashboard has been restored with mahogany woodgrain, and the instruments have been restored. The steering wheel is an attractive gray Standard item.

The engine compartment is correctly detailed, without being overdone. The chassis and underbody are painted gloss black and detailed beautifully. The car runs on Goodyear 6.50-16 blackwall tires, installed in 2006. The matching spare is mounted to the back of the driver’s seat.

Acquired by Mr. Alexander in January 2003, the car received a Dearborn Award from the Early Ford V8 Club at Tacoma, Washington, in 2006. Its condition is reflected in a score of 994 points. The odometer reads just over 5,500 miles, and the body number corresponds to a February 1939 build date. It is currently registered in California with year-of-manufacture plates 4T994, which go with the car.

Standard model cars are often basic and unexciting. The ornate design of the 1939 Ford Standard front end belies this conventional wisdom, and the attractive color and superb quality restoration make this Standard car quite exceptional. It is beautiful, runs well, and with its Columbia rear axle cruises without effort on any highway. It is sure to please a new owner. In fact, it remains a personal favorite of Alexander Restoration Manager Tim Krehbiel, who oversaw its restoration and considers it one of his finest efforts.


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