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 body styles including sedan, coupe, convertible, and station wagon. A six- and eight-cylinder engines were available with the six-cylinder developing 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 forbidden 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 an increased brake lining area. Other updates to the suspension included front-and-rear transverse leaf springs.


by Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2009

1946 Vehicle Profiles

1946 Ford Super Deluxe vehicle information

Station Wagon

Chassis Num: 99A715585

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.....[continue reading]

1946 Ford Super Deluxe vehicle information

Sportsman Convertible

Chassis Num: 99A1236365

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 w....[continue reading]

1946 Ford Super Deluxe vehicle information

Sportsman Convertible

Chassis Num: 99A1037387

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 o....[continue reading]

1946 Ford Super Deluxe vehicle information

Convertible

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.....[continue reading]

1946 Ford Super Deluxe vehicle information

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 ....[continue reading]

Station Wagon
Chassis #: 99A715585 
Sportsman Convertible
Chassis #: 99A1236365 
Sportsman Convertible
Chassis #: 99A1037387 
Convertible
 
Station Wagon
 

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Price Comparison

1946 Super Deluxe
$1,980-$16,000
1946 Ford Super Deluxe Price Range: $1,150 - $1,980

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Ford
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)1,013,381
1950Chevrolet (1,498,590)Ford (1,208,912)Plymouth (610,954)1,208,912
1949Ford (1,118,308)Chevrolet (1,010,013)Plymouth (520,385)1,118,308
1948Chevrolet (696,449)Ford (430,198)Plymouth (412,540)430,198
1947Chevrolet (671,546)Ford (429,674)Plymouth (382,290)429,674
1946Ford (468,022)Chevrolet (398,028)Plymouth (264,660)468,022
1942Chevrolet (254,885)Ford (160,432)Plymouth (152,427)160,432
1941Chevrolet (1,008,976)Ford (691,455)Plymouth (522,080)691,455

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