Sold for $74,250 at 2006 RM Sothebys. The Ford Deluxe came equipped with a six-cylinder engine that produced 90 horsepower. For an additional $15, an eight-cylinder unit could be installed. The eight-cylinder unit was also rated at 90 horsepower. The base configuration was the two-door coupe with seating for three which carried a sticker price of $730. The top-of-the-line Deluxe was the four-door station wagon with seating for six which cost $965. The addition of options would drive the price even further. Still, compared with other vehicles at the time, the Ford Deluxe was a bargain.
Railroads were spreading across the country and resort and hotels needed a means for transporting the passengers and their luggage to and from the Railroad depot hacks. The 'depot hack' was the solution. The original depot hacks were horse-drawn wagons with seating to carry the passengers and a canvas covering to protect them from the elements. The wagons were later replaced with automobiles. Their body designs were often referred to as Express Wagons, Wagonette, Depot Wagon and Depot Hacks. The design with opposed seating depot hacks were dubbed 'Jitneys'.
As the automobile began to evolve, so did the hacks. Due to limited horsepower in the early 1900's, the vehicles could only carry a small amount of weight. Some times, it was more practical to use the horse-drawn carriage. To help in the reduction of automobile weight, the designs were simple, often void of features that provided comfort. As automobile production progressed, so did the capabilities and possibilities for the hacks. Features were added that focused on safety and comfort. The quality and craftsmanship improved.
Auto manufacturers offered these depot hacks and station wagons as special orders. Independent body builders were then contracted to manufacturer and assembly the items. One such builder was the Hercules Mfg. Company of Evansville, IN. Many times, the bodies were manufactured in 'knock-down' form and later assembled at the automobile dealer location. The alternative was to have the manufacturer ship the chassis and the body builder would then assemble the vehicle 'in-house'.
The bodies were comprised of wood usually ash, maple or oak. The popular choice for panels and trim consisted of cherry, birch, basswood, and/or mahogany.
Up to the late 1920's, wood bodied vehicles were mostly used for work vehicles such as trucks. Body construction was typically square and provided adequate space for most purposes. They were built for function rather than comfort. By the 1930's, the Woodie became a status symbol. The designs and craftsmanship excelled at a whole new level. Most of the woodie bodies were applied to wagons though some were placed on sedans and convertibles such as the Sportsman and Town and Country.
The 1941 Ford Deluxe Station Wagon Woody show was offered for sale at the 2006 RM Auction in Monterey, Ca. It was expected to sell between $75,000-$100,000. The woodwork had been replaced around 1995 and is said to be rust free and in excellent running condition. At auction the lot was sold for $74,250. By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2006
This vehicle is a 1941 Ford Super Deluxe Convertible that still retains its original Ford Flathead V8 engine mated to a column-shift three-speed gearbox. It is painted in Cayuga Blue with a red LeBaron Leather interior with a tan top. It has white wall tires, full disc caps, radio, heater, Ford Battery, fog lights, exhaust deflectors, grille guard, and a complete set of tolls and jack. It is an AACA Senior Award winner that has traveled only a few miles under its own power since its restoration. It is one of the finest Super Deluxe Convertibles in the world. By Daniel Vaughan | May 2008
Sold for $74,250 at 2008 Gooding & Company. Sold for $55,000 at 2013 Gooding & Company. This 1941 Ford DeLuxe Woodie Wagon still wears its original deep-amber wood. The chrome is original to the car, as is much of the interior. In the mid-2000s the car was re-painted in its original Barcelona Blue livery. It is fitted with a three-speed manual transmission, four-wheel hydraulic brakes, leaf spring suspension, and a flathead V8 engine that produces 85 horsepower.
In 2008, this Ford DeLuxe Woodie Wagon was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, California. It was estimated to sell for $100,000 - $145,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the lot had been sold for $74,250, including buyer's premium. By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2009
Ford offered three lines which included the Special, DeLuxe, and Super DeLuxe. The flathead V8 engine was available in the DeLuxe models. In 1941, Ford updated the model lineup with styling that would continue for the 1942 model year, and resume after the war, continuing until 1949. The appearance was modern, with a wider body that nearly covered the running boards. There were pronounced front and rear fenders that were integrated into the body. The front headlights were positioned above and in front of the front wheels. There was a new three-part grille with a tall center section and twin kidneys lowered on the fenders.
The 1940s Ford models were available in a variety of bodystyles, including the Tudor and Fordor, coupes, sedans, wagons, and convertibles.
As beautiful as the 1940 Fords were, for 1941 there was a redesign. There was a new exterior design and the chassis received attention, starting with a longer (114-inch) wheelbase.
The Super Deluxe Fords, such as this coupe, could be spotted by the chrome grille sections and running board trim. Later in the production year, Ford added bright work to the front and the rear fenders, also on this coupe.
This car was completely restored by its current owner, with the exception of the chrome and upholstery, a significant achievement since it has received high honors at national Early Ford V-8 Club events.
The Fords were given a modest facelift for 1941 which instantly distinguished them from their 1940 counterparts. For the DeLuxe series, five body styles were available, including two coupes, two door and four door sedans and a station wagon. Among the standard features on the DeLuxe series were Ebody grain dashboard, glove box lock, dual wipers and sun visors.
This DeLuxe coupe is equipped with auxiliary seats. Power is from Ford's flathead V-8, which is rated at 90 horsepower.
This coupe was found in the California desert. The current owner did all restoration work over a five-year period with the exception of chrome, paint and machine shop work.
Sold for $82,500 at 2014 RM Sothebys. Sold for $77,000 at 2015 RM Sothebys. This 1941 Ford Super DeLuxe Station Wagon was originally owned by a family near Blairstown, New Jersey and remained in their care until the late 1980s. Near the end of their ownership, it was comprehensively restored by Marty Beron, of Grey Hills Auto Restoration in Blairstown. The next owner of the car was Ralph Marano, where it remained for approximately five years before joining the Malcolm Pray collection in May of 1996.
The Ford is finished in Coach Maroon with an authentic imitation leather interior. The odometer shows 80,375 miles, which is believed to be original mileage. The dashboard contains an original radio and dash clock. By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2014
World War II was already raging in Europe and the Far East in 1941, but despite the growing likelihood of U.S. involvement, Americans were feeling more economically confident than they had since the onset of the Great Depression. The renewal of optimism was reflected in new car sales. At Ford Motor Company, this amounted to an increase of about 150,000 units over 1940 sales.
The 1941 Fords represented a substantial change from the previous year. The wheelbase was stretched by two inches, to 114 inches, the frames were strengthened, and the curb weights went up about 100 pounds per car - this in an era when road-hugging weight was regarded as a good thing.
Styling evolved as well. Front and rear fenders were fared into the bodywork, and the front fascia sprouted a pair of small intakes flanking the lower part of the vertical grille. And there were changes under the hood, too. The primary source of propulsion was Ford's familiar 221 cubic-inch flathead V8, generating 85 horsepower. But the other engine choice, Ford's 136 cubic-inch V8 60 (named for its horsepower rating), gave way to a 226 cubic-inch inline flathead six, which, strangely, was rated for 90 horsepower.
The current owner acquired this Super Deluxe ragtop via RM Auctions in 2010, and had it restored after a 2012 accident. The car has been to multiple Ford Motor Musters in Dearborn's Greenfield Village, as well as Le Concours de Livingston in Pinckney, Michigan.
Sold for $66,000 at 2017 Gooding & Company. In 1941, Ford commissioned E.T. Gregorie and his team to redesign the model. The vertically pointed grille became more of a curvaceous horizontal facade, and the body was refined.
This particular Deluxe Woodie Station Wagon has an unknown early history. It is believed to have been owned for 45 years by the Klaucke family of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. During this period, the family had the car sympathetically restored, likely around the mid-2000s. In 2012, the current owner acquired the car for his New York-based collection.
It is finished in Cayuga Blue with complementary tan interior, slatted wood headliner, and whitewall tires. The wood is composed of original maple frame with contrasting honey-rich birch panels. By Daniel Vaughan | May 2017
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