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Lot 140

1940 Ford Deluxe Station Wagon

  • Chassis no. 185723766

Sold for $132,000

Model 01A. 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"

Virtually unrestored, this 1940 Deluxe station wagon has a poignant history. Delivered new by Flushing Ford on Long Island, New York, it was purchased by E.G. Weymouth, a vice president of the P. Lorillard Tobacco company, as a gift to his wife Louise. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Weymouth passed away, but his widow kept the car for many years. She was, according to a neighbor, “very determined in her ways. She was no slouch in her driving, but as it was a present to her she took exceptional care of it, even to the extent of sending it to a local truck body shop to have the varnish redone every 2 or 3 years.”

Mrs. Weymouth and her bachelor son moved to Allendale, New Jersey, in 1949, to be near her daughter, who lived in that town. Her new home was just three doors down the street from that of Frank Doolittle, who would play a major role in the car’s history.

Ten years later, Mrs. Weymouth suffered a stroke, and could no longer drive. Prior to that time, she had let no one else drive the station wagon. Mr. Doolittle visited her weekly, as a neighborly gesture since she was housebound. One day she asked him if he would take the car to a local service station to have new wiper blades installed. He considered it an honor to be so delegated. As time went on, she would ask him, or her daughter, to drive her to local shops. Once in a while she asked Doolittle to take a day off and drive her to “Kenmore,” the family summer home at Southold, on the eastern end of Long Island.

She would make a picnic lunch, which they would eat on the porch; then Doolittle would help her to the water – she used a walker, but savored the chance to be near the sea. On one occasion, during the three-hour return journey to New Jersey, Mr. Doolittle mentioned that if ever the car were to be for sale he would like the first chance to buy it. “She shut right up and just stared straight ahead, as if I had offended her,” he later recalled. “I felt I had blown every possibility of ever getting the wagon.” After they had crossed the George Washington Bridge the conversation finally resumed, but no more was said about the station wagon. Several months later, as Doolittle was sitting on the porch with Mrs. Weymouth and her children, she suddenly spoke out that when she died the station wagon was to go to him. And so the matter was left.

Louise Weymouth died in 1964. In the settlement of her estate, her son got the New Jersey house, the Long Island summer home and the station wagon. He would not give up anything of his mother’s, even to his sister, as he wished to keep everything as his mother had left it. He stayed on in Allendale, driving the station wagon occasionally, usually to haul leaves and debris or to take his dogs to the vet. In 1983 he sold the Allendale home and moved to Southold. The station wagon went with him. He parked it in the garage and left it there.

Frank Doolittle assumed it was gone forever. In 1995 some thirty years after Mrs. Weymouth’s promise, the son called him and said he could pick up the station wagon. Frank said that he was not in a position to afford it. The son replied, “I just want you to have it. I know you will keep it and respect it and car for it the way mother would want.” Trailered to New Jersey, the long-dormant station wagon was brought to life with a little work.

Mr. Doolittle sold the station wagon to Nick Alexander in September 2000. The beautifully preserved original Maple frame wood and rare gumwood panels were stripped of all old varnish before receiving 10 fresh coats of marine varnish in Nick’s wood shop. If one looks closely at the front doors, “Kenmore” is still visible in very faint letters. The roof has been newly covered in brown artificial leather. The original Acadia Green paint is dull, but the sheet metal is in excellent condition, exhibiting only a few dings from years of use.

All the stainless trim is in good condition, including a Ford script grille guard mounted to the front bumper guards. Both bumpers, however, show some pits and rust. There are pits also in the pot metal trim and some dings in the hub caps. The left tailgate handle sags a bit. The glass is generally good, but shows some separation – the driver’s windshield is a Libby-Owens-Ford replacement.

The seats are newly-upholstered in brown seamed leather, the front furnished with lap belts for two. The brown rubber floor mats are original and show some staining. The dashboard and steering wheel are original, and both show some wear. This is particularly evident around the glove box door. The car is equipped with a radio, eight-day clock and hot water heater. A 1964 New Jersey inspection sticker remains on the right windshield.

The engine is clean, in correct green, but is not overly detailed. It shows signs of regular use. The undercarriage has been repainted in black and is fairly clean, exhibiting only the road soil associated with careful driving. The Mobil 6.00-16 tires are of an older style but show no checking. The tailgate-mounted spare has a body-color metal cover.

The car runs and drives well, its Columbia rear axle facilitating drives in modern traffic. The body number dates from April 1940, and the odometer shows fewer than 54,000 miles. The car is currently registered with California year-of-manufacture plates 1C4743. They accompany it in the sale. A memento from a time warp, this station wagon carries a legacy of trust, extending back to its original owner.


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