1932 Ford Model B Station WagonSOLD
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Estimate: $100,000-$140,000 US

Sold: $79,750

50hp, 200 cu. in inline four-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf spring, ¾-floating rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf spring, and four-wheel mechanically-actuated internal-expanding brakes. Wheelbase: 106"

While 1932 was a landmark year marked by the debut of the now-classic “Deuce” and the flathead V8 engine, not every potential buyer was looking for innovation or more power. Ford continued to offer the venerable four-cylinder Model A engine, which was carefully updated. In addition, the Ford product catalog continued to include the tough, yet remarkably stylish wood-bodied Station Wagon. Originally built as practical, utilitarian vehicles, their cachet grew over the years, thanks to their handsome bodywork.

Ford had long employed custom body shops to produce its station wagons, including Cantrell, York-Hoover, Waterloo and others, all using chassis supplied by individual Ford dealers. With the arrival of the new Model A in late 1927, however, Ford began to consider moving station wagon production in-house. Edsel Ford turned to his friend Clarence W. Avery at the Murray Corporation, one of Ford’s outside body builders, to provide the detailed design and the custom metal stampings needed to begin such a project. Old-growth hardwood was sourced from Ford’s own Iron Mountain forest, and Murray, in turn, farmed out the elaborate millwork to Mengel Body Company in Louisville, Kentucky, with final assembly completed by Baker-Raulang, starting in 1930. Baker-Raulang then shipped the completed bodies to Ford assembly plants, to be joined to a waiting chassis.

This very fine 1932 Ford Station Wagon is a multiple award winner, with AACA Senior National and Grand National First Prize honors to its credit. In addition, as a Dearborn Award winner, it was given 985 out of a possible 1,000 points by the Early Ford V8 Club of America. Finished in brown with black fenders and red steel wire wheels, it is complemented by excellent brightwork, dual cowl-mounted lights, a side-mounted spare tire, bright hubcaps, and of course, beautiful wooden bodywork. The functional yet attractive interior shows few signs of wear, and features a brown painted dash with an engine-turned instrument panel, brown upholstery, and tan floor mats. Underhood, the engine bay and its 200 cubic inch, four-cylinder engine display period correct finishes and components throughout. One of about 1,000 examples originally produced, this award-winning 1932 Ford certainly remains a highly collectable and desirable example of early station wagon history.

Reference Number 38552

as of 2/10/2009

Car 1932 Ford Model B Station Wagon
VIN B5134797 
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