Rides from the Readers: 1941 Ford Super Deluxe Station Wagon

Harold Mermel

Hagerty readers and Hagerty Drivers Club members share their cherished collector and enthusiast vehicles with us via our contact email, tips@hagerty.com. We’re showcasing some of our favorite stories among these submissions. To have your car featured, send complete photography and your story of ownership to the above email address.

Today’s featured ride is a 1941 Ford Super Deluxe woodie wagon. The Super Deluxe was completely redesigned for this model year and is easily distinguished from its 1940 brethren by the softer, rounder contours of its prow. New for this year were flared bottom sills on the doors, and vent windows just aft of the A-pillar. Ford also trumped its glass “sealed beam” headlights for 1941, an innovation produced in response to U.S. federal regulation mandating these types of headlamps as of 1940.

This particular Super Deluxe woodie wagon belongs to Harold Mermel. It’s been fully restored, he writes, and has even won best-in-show awards—pre-COVID, naturally—in Mermel’s home state of New Jersey. The Ford is in good company, since Mermel’s fleet also includes this 1947 Plymouth Special Deluxe woodie station wagon, which he bought as a “barn-find basketcase” and spent seven years bringing back to its former glory:

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