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From The Ron Thorne Collection

1946 Ford Super DeLuxe Station Wagon

  • Body-off-the-frame restoration
  • Well-varnished wood paneling
  • Desirable V-8 engine
  • Well-equipped with multiple interior options

VIN: 99A1231656

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The first Ford wood-bodied station wagons, known as Depot Hacks, were mainly used for transporting passengers from train stations to hotels, country clubs and large estates. As years passed, their use and popularity grew, and the "Woodie" Station Wagons would become a favorite among families, outdoorsmen, and men of class. To keep up with production and of course to save money, in true Ford fashion, Henry Ford bought his own forest and built a factory among it, which would become known as the Iron Mountain plant. A fully integrated process, from harvesting the timber to loading the finished bodies on the transport trains, the 1940 DeLuxe Station Wagon would be the first automobile to be built at the plant. Production for wood-bodied cars was at an all-time high and quality was stated to be greatly enhanced as well, but this would come to a stop when the United States entered WWII. Iron Mountain shifted gears and stayed busy producing wood gliders for the war effort. Once the war ended, production of automobiles at the Iron Mountain Plant started back up with the 1946 station wagon models. With the "Woodie" back in business, the buying public was in full force and wood-bodied cars once again were a favorite.

The last wood-bodied car to be offered from the esteemed Ron Thorne Collection, this 1946 Ford Super DeLuxe Station Wagon is the recipient of a body-off-the-frame restoration that still presents quite well today. Emulating a classic and elegant look thanks to its well-varnished wood components, the body is finished in classic black paint with a complementing black leatherette top and blackwall tires. Like the exterior, the spacious interior is well-presented with its three rows of seating that are lined in comfortable brown faux leather and equipped with a clock, a radio, front seat belts, and a heater/defroster for use when weather is not favorable. Other factory options on this attractive Super DeLuxe include fog lights, trim rings, and bumper guard extensions.

Offered with both a V-8 and six-cylinder engine for the 1946 Ford Wagon, this example is equipped with the more desirable 100 horsepower V-8 engine, which is backed by a classic column-mounted three-speed manual transmission. With an unusually high ratio of developed horsepower to weight, Ford claimed in advertisements that, "You'll enjoy sparkling performance, greater pulling power on hills, and unusual flexibility throughout the entire speed range," stating the Super DeLuxe Station Wagon was a top-tier automobile of its time.

It is largely agreed that few remain today, as most of them did not survive through the years or receive care quite like this one has, having been under the care of Mr. Ron Thorne. A luxury item in its time that helped set the stage for the iconic family car designs that we see today, this '46 Super DeLuxe Station Wagon 'wood' be ideal to haul the family on its next road trip or be used at the cabin for a weekend getaway and outdoor sporting expeditions.

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