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From The Tom Haag Estate Collection

1934 Ford Model 40 Station Wagon

  • 1 of just 2,855 produced
  • A largely original example with original wood and paint
  • Classic early Ford V-8 power paired with a manual transmission
  • Charming patina with attractive red wire spoke wheels

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Disappointed that he was having to buy wood products from mills that he didn’t control, in the early 1920s, Henry Ford purchased the entire city of Pequaming, Michigan, a lumber town in the Upper Peninsula. Along with the town, he also picked up 500,000 acres of thickly forested land. Now he could cut down and reforest trees to provide wood framing for his Model Ts from his new Michigan Land, Lumber & Iron Company located in Menominee River Valley. In the late 1920s, these same trees started to provide birch for paneling and sturdy maple for the framework on his first Model A station wagons. Known as Iron Mountain, at first, it provided raw materials to the body companies, then later Ford hired woodworkers to make components which were shipped to Briggs and Murray, as well as Raulang in Ohio for use in the assembly of Ford bodies. In 1934, the Model 40 V-8 Station Wagon, designated Type 860, was the highest-priced car in the Ford lineup at $660. Its body consisted of basswood, birch, and maple, all cut and trimmed at Iron Mountain, then shipped to the Murray Corporation for finishing and assembly. From there, the bodies were shipped to final assembly plants where they would be mated with the V8-powered chassis.

This “woody” from Ford is unique in that it appears to be a mostly original vehicle. There has been some maintenance performed, such as having the original soft covering of the roof painted the body color and the wheels have been refinished in red with a set of Coker Classic 6.50-RX 16 whitewall tires. On the right fender is the side-mounted spare and that tire is a vintage Firestone 6.00 X 16 whitewall, protected by a bright metal retaining band. All three rows of seats are covered in saddle brown upholstery and the factory instruments look to have never been removed or updated. The beige body paint shows a patina of age with small chips; however, no body damage can be found. All exterior wood surfaces have been recently refinished with a high-quality lacquer coating while the inner door panels are still solid, they do show 90 years of use. Real glass is installed in all openings, with fixed panes in the rear doors and there does appear to be some minor delamination on the rear lift gate glass. This example is fitted with dual taillights and a chrome-plated horn on the front fender apron. Finding an original Ford station wagon from 1934 is a very rare occurrence and for those who love early V-8 Fords in their original state, this could be your last chance to own a piece of rolling history.

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