The 1939 and 1940 Ford station wagons have always been one of my favorite wagons. I’m not sure why other than they are smaller than the 46-48 wagons and are more rare. The collectors also fine them attractive and often pay some serious money to own one. I know of two that are stored away and will eventually just rot away as the owners will not part with them. The following example and excellent photos came from Ken, a friend of mine who built this wagon many years ago. He repurchased it and refined his build.
Ford actually sold more 1939’s than 1940 models.
- 1939 production was 10,872 units
- 1940 production was 9,933 units
- Both were offered in Standard and Deluxe
The appear to be similar but actually have a few differences.
- Side headers are slimmer
- Rear doors are hinged in the rear
- 40 dash is different
- Cowls are different
- Grills are different
- Hood trim is different
- Steering wheel is a banjo type on a 39
- Wheels are different on the 39 also.
- Headlight surrounds are different
The following photos show the differences and how both have their talking points.