It all began in 1945 when Henry Ford II commissioned Ford designer Bob Gergorie to build a "Beach Buggy". The Ford design team settled on a Ford convertible as the base vehicle and set about stripping the rear metal skin from the body The design team then added such luxurious standard features to the Sportsman as: Hydraulic power windows, power top and leather interior. Options offered were: Wonder-Bar radio, heater, electric clock, spotlights and bumper wing tips. The Sportsman was designed as a low volume, high end convertible that only sold 1209 units in its first year of production in 1946. The 1947 model year brought about a more refined Sportsman with a much improved wooden body and with some added marketing by Ford, the sales increased to 2250 units. The year 1948, ended the short production run with a scant 28 units produced. The 1948s were really left over 1947s. The short run of the Sportsman, with its very low production figures, make these wonderful convertibles, of all three years, such rare and sought after collectibles. The total number of Sportsman convertibles produced, inclusive of all three years, was a mere 3487 units.
One of the most enjoyable woodies to drive in our inventory is this 1947 Sportsman! It underwent a complete frame off restoration some years ago and still shows like new! The original wood is spectacular, as is the Pheasant Red, factory correct, paint. The saddle colored leather interior is beautiful and the tan power top completes the features of the convertible. The Sportsman's options include: Wonder-Bar radio, electric clock, heater, and Columbia 2-speed rear end.
Come see and test drive this marvelous 1947 Sportsman at our great Southern California location.