The 1948 Ford Super Deluxe Marmon Herrington Wagon proudly displays that they just don’t make cars like this anymore. In the 1930s and 40s, woodies were popular variants of sedans and convertibles, as well as station wagons and utility vehicles. Woodies, especially the wagons, soon became associated with mid-century surf culture. But while the practice of using wood to construct the passenger cabin brought about a distinct look, it did little by way of performance. 1948 was the final year that the Dearborn facility produced an all-wood body. Fortunately, with today’s technology, these old-school beauties can receive a performance package worthy of their looks.
Mecum auctions has a 1948 Ford Super Deluxe Marmon Herrington Wagon on block that has been converted to a Marmon-Herrington all-wheel-drive monster. The wagon was recently restored from the nuts and bolts up, and has only seen 500 miles of use since. The V8 engine is a 239 CI 59A-B flathead with a downdraft single-barrel carburetor that has a “oil-bath-type” air cleaner—both unique and authentic to the Super Deluxe. The engine puts out 100 horsepower, perfect for getting you to the beach, and most anywhere else. A four speed Borg Warner manual transmission was added, sending power to all the wheels and making this wagon a 4X4. With all the work, and the collectible status of the wagon, you can expect to pay a handsome price—between $250,000 to $325,000.