1946 Ford Super Deluxe

When Ford introduced their 1946 model lineup, they were basically carry-overs from the 1942 (pre-war) models. They utilized the same drivetrain and had minor restyling, such as the front grille now featured horizontal bars instead of the flush-mounted grille of prior years. The Super Deluxe line was the top trim level and available in several bodystyles including sedan, coupe, convertible, and station wagon. A six and eight-cylinder engine were available with the six offering 90 horsepower while the V8 unit produced 100. The most popular body-style was the two-door sedan which saw over 163,000 examples produced. The rarest is the sportsman convertible which was only available with the V8 engine. Production for this body-style was a mere 723 units. The Convertible was also available only with the V8; all other body-styles could be purchased with the six or eight.

The U.S. War Department had officially forbade work not directly related to the war effort. This is why the 1946 models were basically carry-overs from the 1942 year. Even though this order was in place, Ford staff did quietly prepare for peacetime production by refining the existing 1942 models.

The legendary V8 'flathead' engine was a popular choice with many. This engine incorporated piston, bearing and cooling-system improvements to enhance reliability and performance. Ride and handling improvements included a rear stabilizer bar and increased brake lining area. Other updates to the suspension included front-and-rear transverse leaf springs.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2009
Station Wagon
Chassis Num: 99A715585
Sold for $110,000 at 2008 RM Sothebys.
This 1946 Ford Super Deluxe Station Wagon is powered by a 239 cubic-inch V8 engine which offers 100 horsepower and is mated to a three-speed manual gearbox. It is in concours quality condition and painted in light tan with very good wooden bodywork. Located on the driver's side is a chrome side-view mirror, a rear-mounted spare tire, and painted steel wheels with Super DeLuxe chrome hubcaps and period-style wide whitewall tires. Inside, the upholstery is tobacco leather. There is an AM radio and a heater.

In 2008, this vehicle was offered for sale at the 'Sports & Classics of Monterey' presented by RM Auctions where it had an estimated value of $70,000 - $100,000. It was offered without reserve and sold for a high bid of $110,000 including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2009
Sportsman Convertible
Chassis Num: 99A1236365
Sold for $242,000 at 2009 RM Sothebys.
Sold for $242,000 at 2009 RM Sothebys.
After World War II, Ford returned to automobile production beginning on July 3, 1945. They were the first American automaker to do so. It would take months before the first cars were available to customers. The first public showing of the Ford line was on October 26th of that year. The Sportsman model was announced in September, but it was not delivered until late December.

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 were 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.

This Ford Sportman has been given a restoration and painted in Dark Slate Gray Metallic. There is a black canvas top, red piping, with wheels that have matching red stripes.

This vehicle was purchased by Nick Alexander in October 2005 from Tom Sharp of Kent. The engine is an L-head V8 unit displacing 239.4 cubic-inches and producing 100 horsepower. There is a three-speed manual transmission with Columbia overdrive and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.

In 2009, this 1946 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 $225,000-$275,000. The lot was sold for the sum of $242,000 including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2009
Sportsman Convertible
Chassis Num: 99A1037387
Sold for $233,750 at 2010 Gooding & Company.
The Ford Sportsman was the first wood-bodied convertible ever produced. It was an idea of company president Henry Ford II who was searching for a car that could be used for family outings. E.T. 'Bob' Gregorie was tasked with building a one-off body on an old Model A chassis. The car was given the wood-paneled themes of station wagons which the company had produced for years. The one-off became so popular, Ford decided to create a similar production convertible that became known as the Sportsman. It would be the only brand-new design for Ford in 1946, as most automakers resume production of their pre-war models.

Ford produced only 2274 examples of the Sportsman on the Super Deluxe series chassis. They were fitted with many luxury amenities and desirable features. Accordingly, it was the first Ford to retail for more than $2,000 since the 1908 Model K.

For 1946, Ford produced only 723 examples of the Sportsman convertible, and less than 100 are known to exist in modern times. The current owner of this example acquired it in July of 1999. A short time later, the engine was rebuilt and all mechanical and drivetrain components were evaluated and rebuilt as needed. The transmission was rebuilt and new bearings and synchromesh gears were installed. Since the completion of the work, only 300 miles have been added to the car.

This car features a Columbia overdrive and three-speed column shift. The body is finished in Dynamic Maroon with a matching red leather interior. There is mahogany plywood paneling with a varnish seal.

This Super Deluxe features options such as hydraulic windows, original radio, dashboard clock, and maple wood grain dash appliqué.

The engine is a 239 cubic-inch L-head V-8 fitted with a Holley 2-barrel carburetor. There are four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.

In 2010, this Sportsman was offered for sale at Gooding & Company's auction held in Amelia Island, Florida. The car was expected to sell for $225,000 - $275,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $233,750, inclusive of buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2010
Following the end of World War Two in 1945, the demand for automobiles in the United States was strong - to say the least. The automobile companies could sell everything they could make.

The 1946 Ford was, essentially, a restyled 1942 Ford. The front grille was changed to include horizontal bars on the outside of the rectangular opening, but the rest of the car was identical to its pre-war counterpart.

The Super Deluxe was the top trim level for 1946. Seven different body styles were available in the Super DeLuxe series - including the convertible, shown here. The DeLuxe series was powered by Ford's legendary flathead V-8, which developed an even 100 horsepower.
Station Wagon
Ford resumed automobile production in July, 1945, before the war in the Pacific ended. Civilian truck manufacture had started in April of 1944. When converting to war production, Ford had retained a stock of wood parts at its Iron Mountain, Michigan facility, which it used for the 1946 station wagons. Ford and mercury were the last manufacturers to build 'woodies,' ending production in 1955. Since the war department forbad non-essential design work, the 1946 models were basically prewar designs with slight updates. Unique to 1946 was the red trim on the front grill. Due to parts being in short supply, some details did not always match. In this car, the clock is different from the rest of the dash. Most of the wood on this station wagon is original. The quality of the woodwork earned it the Finest Wood Grain Award at Hemming's New England Concours in 2012.
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