1947 Ford Super Deluxe news, pictures, and information
The Super Deluxe woodie was Ford's most expensive model in 1947, costing $3,520 new. It was powered by the legendary 239 cubic-inch flathead V-8 that developed 100 horsepower. Standard luxury items included armrests on all doors, passenger assist straps, chrome window moldings, a horn ring and two sun visors.
The 1947 woodies had an eight-passenger capacity; they were equipped with removable rear and middle seats. They featured a metal dash with a Maplewood grain finish, mahogany inside door panels and outside door panels of a mahogany and birch combination.
Chassis Num: 3598
This 3,520 pound vehicle is powered by a 239 cubic inch flathead V-8 engine developing 100 horsepower.
The dash is metal with Maplewood grain finish. The wooden headliner is made of white ash. Inside door panels are mahogany and outside door panels are a combination of mahogany and birch.
These bodies were produced at Ford's Iron Mountain, Michigan, plant that built 4,300 gliders for World War II.
Chassis Num: 799A1934335
|Sold for $162,250 at 2009 RM Auctions.|
There were just 2,274 examples of the Sportsman originally produced in 1947. This car wears an older, show-quality restoration, and has recently been re-freshened, with a bare-metal repaint in green. There is a tan power-operated convertible top, and many features including front and rear bumper guards, period correct fog lights, dual chrome-plated rearview mirrors, and whitewall tires on black painted steel wheels with chrome plated trim rings and hubcaps. Inside, there is red leather upholstery, a heater, clock, and radio. Power is from a 'flathead' V8 engine that displaces 239 cubic-inches and produces 100 horsepower. At all four-wheels are hydraulic drum brakes and there is a three-speed manual transmission.
In 2009, this Ford Super DeLuxe Sportsman Convertible was offered for sale at the Automobiles of Arizona auction presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $175,000 - $225,000 and offered without reserve. The lot was sold for the sum of $162,250 including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2009
The Super Deluxe 'woodie' was Ford's most expensive model in 1947, costing $3,520 new. It was powered by the legendary 239 cubic-inch flat-head V-8 that developed 100 horsepower. Standard luxury items included armrests on all doors, passenger assist straps, chrome window moldings, a horn ring and two sun visors.
The 1947 station wagons had an eight-passenger capacity, with removable rear and middle seats. They featured a metal dash with a maple wood grain finish, mahogany inside door panels and outside door panels of a mahogany and birch combinations. This 1947 Ford is somewhat unique - it still has its original wood panels.
Chassis Num: 1967487
|Sold for $214,500 at 2009 RM Auctions.|
Sold for $214,500 at 2009 RM Auctions.
Sold for $187,000 at 2012 RM Auctions.
The 1946 model year was long, accounting for 18 months of production. Even with this extended amount of time, the Sportmans production was low, reaching just 1,209 units, not even half that achieved in 1947. The Sportsman, like most of the other vehicles, were basically a carry-over from the 1942 model year. There was minor updates, such as a new horizontal four-bar grille, new hood ornament and bumper guards. The engine gained then extra horsepower, and the entry-level Special series was no longer available.
The Sportsman was found in the top-of-the-line Super Deluxe catalog.
For 1947, sales of the Sportsman increased, but they were still at disappointing levels. In an effort to stimulate sales, Ford cut prices by $100, but to little effect. Total production for the year reached just 2,250 units, one-tenth the volume of the steel-bodied Super Deluxe convertibles. Production would continue into the early part of the 1948 model year. The 1948 models were identical (except for the chassis plate) to the 1947 models. By late October 1947, Sportsman production had ended.
This Sportsman Super Deluxe Convertible was given a restoration and finished in Glade Green. The Maple and Mahogany body is highly varnished. The bright-work is excellent, and the condition of the vehicle is in top shape. The seats are upholstered in red leather, and the front floor has rubber mats with maroon carpet inserts. The rear floor has maroon carpet. The dashboard is maple wood-grain, and accessories include a radio, heater and an electric clock. The car rides on B.F. Goodrich 6.50-16 black-wall tires which are in great condition, and there is a matching spare in the trunk.
In the 1970s, this car was owned by Melville Warren Garbitt, who received an AACA National First Prize in 1991. Nick Alexander purchased it in February of 1995. It received the Early Ford V8 Club's Dearborn Award at Dearborn in 1998 scoring 995 points.
In 2009, this 1947 Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman Convertible was offered for sale at the Sports & Classics of Monterey auction in Monterey, California presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $220,000-$260,000 and offered without reserve. The lot was sold for the sum of $214,500 including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2009
Chassis Num: 799A1691621
|Sold for $220,000 at 2009 RM Auctions.|
Sold for $220,000 at 2009 RM Auctions.
Before becoming parts of the Nick Alexander collection, this car was owned by Claude Taylor of Asheville, North Carolina, where it received AACA awards at the Southeastern Division National Meet in Huntsville, Alabama in 1980. It joined the Nick Alexander collection in February of 2004, and later received a Dearborn Award from the Early Ford V8 Club and judged at 988 points that year at Hood River, Oregon.
In 2009, this 1947 Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman Convertible was offered for sale at the Sports & Classics of Monterey auction in Monterey, California presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $200,000-$250,000 and offered without reserve. The lot was sold for the sum of $220,000 including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2009
Chassis Num: 799A1751951
|Sold for $33,000 at 2009 RM Auctions.|
Mr. Henglefelt died just three months later. Since his wife did not drive, his brother, who lived on an adjacent farm, used the car for six years. E.F. Koening, the brother, took Mrs. Henglefelt to town in the car about every two weeks. After that, it was parked until her death in 1974.
The car was inherited by Mr. Koenig and his wife, Fern. They used it sparingly, later coming into the car of their nephew, Dean Versaw of Loveland, Colorado. Versaw sold it to Frank Elliott of Denver, Colorado, in September 1981.
Currently, the car shows fewer than 12,000 miles. It wears its original Rotunda Gray paint and original gray cloth interior. There are lap belts for two in the front, an original black rubber mat in the front, and a brown fiber mat in the back.
Nick Alexander purchased the car from Frank Elliott in October of 2005. The car received Rogue Award recognition for body, interior and chassis from the Early Ford V8 Club at keystone, Colorado. Mr. Alexander installed the Columbia rear axle for easier operation on local freeways. The engine is a Flathead V8 capable of producing 100 horsepower. There is a three-speed manual transmission and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.
In 2009, this Tudor Sedan was offered for sale at the Sports & Classics of Monterey auction in Monterey, California presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $20,000-$30,000 and offered without reserve. The lot was sold for the sum of $33,000 including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2009
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