Behold: the 1948 Ford Super Deluxe – the ‘woodie’ station wagon forerunner to the modern SUV.

The Super Deluxe was a 4-wheel drive update of the 1941 Ford made at Ford’s Iron Mountain plant in Michigan’s Upper Penninsula, then converted at the Indianapolis plant of the Marmon-Herrington company where it was retrimmed, braced and fitted with a four speed transmission.

This one, restored to Concours condition in 2016, is currently up for auction.

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  1. Slightly Bemused

    While a beautiful vehicle, it is very similar to the Morris Minor Traveller – a vehicle which I also think is a beautiful vehicle. Maybe one was the inspiration for the other?

    1. Paulus

      I’m guessing a lot larger and more comfortable than the Morris Countryman. Gorgeous, practical, classy, easy access etc. Come to think of it; I knew a few girls like that…back in the day…sigh.

      1. Slightly Bemused

        I would agree!, The Morris Minor standard is very heavy on the shoulders. Definitely one of those that needs movement before trying to turn the wheels. But I must admit I did enjoy it.

        I knew the Traveller as there is a person in my town who drives one as his daily car, and getting him to talk about it in the supermarket aisle is not that hard at all :)

        I also found out that the convertible version of the Ford Super Deluxe was Biff’s car in Back to the Future. Maybe that is where I recognised it form :D

    1. Pat

      Fake meh

      True meh wouldn’t have bothered commenting

      (I myself like this vehicle and welcome the opportunity to communicate this important fact)

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