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30 July 2016

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Lot 165

1942 Ford Super DeLuxe Station Wagon

  • Chassis no. 18-6771494

Sold for $60,500


Model 21A. 90 bhp, 221 cu. in. flathead V-8 engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front and live rear axles with transverse semi-elliptical leaf spring suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 114 in.

  • Only a handful of enthusiast owners from new
  • The rarest of all Ford “woodies” built between 1936 and 1948
  • Exceptional maple and African mahogany bodywork; well-equipped


When ranking collectible cars, rarity is always a top consideration. Other factors include eye-catching design and the quality of workmanship and materials, along with being a car not easily replicated in today’s market. When considering exceptional “woodies,” it is hard to beat a V-8-powered 1942 Ford Super DeLuxe Station Wagon, with the handsomely updated body design that debuted late in 1941.

The numbers of 1942 woodies built (5,483 Super DeLuxe plus 567 Series 21A DeLuxe) were quite small compared with much larger annual production totals for 1936 through 1948. With America’s full-scale involvement in World War II underway, military requirements took priority, accounting for the significant percentage of Ford’s 1942 production made in standard form.

The wagon offered here was originally delivered to the owner of a goldmining operation in Colorado and remained in his ownership until his passing during the 1960s. It was subsequently sold by his estate to the second owner, a well-known enthusiast from Colorado, in whose ownership it remained for three decades.

Complete with all of the trim and equipment of the Super DeLuxe model, the wagon is equipped with the desirable features of dual Ford-scripted fog lights, a radio, an upgraded Southwind heater, twin taillights, turn indicators, twin “gooseneck” mirrors, twin front-seat armrests, a metal spare tire cover, and three-row seating, with capacity for eight passengers. In its current ownership, it has been well-maintained and shows very nicely, with its rich maple and African mahogany bodywork still in excellent condition. In 2013, its brakes were rebuilt, with new drums, shoes, wheel cylinders, and master cylinder, and the carburetor was rebuilt as well.

Even with relatively large gatherings of Fords and other woodies at major events, a 1942 Super DeLuxe “woodie” seldom appears. When one does, crowds are drawn to it because of its rarity and its unique-to-1942 stainless-steel grille with vertical bars. Indeed, this wonderful example will be welcomed and appreciated at virtually any vintage car event.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

drose@rmsothebys.com

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

dgould@rmsothebys.com

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

gduff@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

pdarvill@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more