Blue Blood: 1941 Ford Super Deluxe Woody Wagon – $49,990
Ford redesigned its model lineup for 1941 with a design that still included wood-bodied, eight-person station wagons such as this mildly restored, 35,000 original mile, Barcelona Blue example listed for sale last week here on Craigslist in the quaint islan Boston Suburb of Nahant, Massachusetts with an asking price of $49,990. A review of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the seller has their restored Woody priced between the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $58,000 and the #3 “Good” condition of $36,500. As a second data point, the NADA Guides Online Classic Car Valuation Tool currently lists their “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range at $49,100, $81,800, and $121,300, respectively. We’re not sure what to make of the wide discrepancy between the two sources, however we do point out the other unrestored, two owner 1941 Ford Super Deluxe we’re featuring currently carries an asking price of $100,000.
Fords for 1941 were much more modern with a wide body that nearly covered the running boards. The front and rear fenders were still pronounced, but were now integrated more into the body and the headlights were pushed all the way up and out over the front wheels. The 1941 grille was a three-part affair with a tall center section bookended by twin kidneys low on the fenders and vertical bars all around. The 1941 was a bigger car with a 194.3-inch overall length and width increased to 73.1-inches. Body styles included two-door and four-door sedans, a sedan coupe, a business coupe, and convertible coupe, sedan delivery wagon, and woody station wagon. The Super Deluxe had several amenities of higher quality over the base models, including more chrome, leather seats, and a wood-grain dashboard. Production of the 1941 models was disrupted by a sudden labor strike in April 1941; Henry Ford, having resisted unionization well after the rest of the American automobile industry accepted it, finally gave in and signed a contract with the United Auto Workers (“UAW”).
The two previous Ford car lines, Standard and De Luxe, had blossomed into three, Special, De Luxe, and Super De Luxe. Ford vehicles had been V8-only since 1935, but dealer requests for an “economy” engine option prompted the introduction of a six cylinder unit. Ford switched out the entry-level 136 cubic inch V8 in favor of a new 226 cubic inch L-head straight-6, the first Ford six since the 1906 Model K. The popular 221 cubic inch V8 remained as the top-line engine and was standard in De Luxe models. Both engines were rated at 90 horsepower.
With only 35,000 original miles, the seller reports their Barcelona Blue example received a mild restoration nearly twenty years ago that included a repaint of the steel body components as well as a rebuild of the 221 cubic inch V8 by a noted flathead specialist. The restoration did not require any replacement of the wood as that remains all original. We believe there is a story under every hood and given this car’s location in an affluent distant suburb of Boston, we’d love to hear more about the history of this car. If you find out or know more, please comment below. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“This 1941 Ford Super Deluxe Woodie Station Wagon has all the original wood and all original brown leather upholstery which covers the bench seats, and the headliner consists of wood ribs and slats with canvas above. The third-row seat allows for up to eight passengers. Power comes from a 221 ci flathead V8, which was rebuilt by Flathead Ford specialist Tommy Caruso of Tyngsboro, Massachusetts. The engine is equipped with a single carburetor and mated to a 3-speed manual transmission with a column-mounted shifter. The car is equipped with hydraulic drum brakes all around, as well as a lead spring suspension. Inside the cabin, the original gauges, clock and factory heater remain in place, and a Sunpro temperature gauge has been fitted under the dash. The mileage is just shy of 35,000 original miles. In the mid-2000s, the sheet metal was repainted in its original Barcelona Blue and a new top was installed. Work also included refinishing the steel wheels and spare tire cover. The chrome trim pieces are original with the exception of the hubcaps, which are correct replicas with body-colored Ford logos. The steel wheels also wear chrome rings and high-wall radial tires.“
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