From what I've read and figured out, it appears that there was a "Deluxe" version of the Economy offered in 1949/1950 before the more common, round hood was offered. It seems that the unique hood and the optional "automotive" type steering with Ross gearbox and conventional tie-rod steering rather than the "standard" tractor which would have included chain steering is basically what made it a Deluxe model.
Additionally, it looks to me that there was even a more-extensive "Deluxe" version available which was the "De Luxe - Electric" model, that additionally included electric starter, generator, battery and headlights.
I found a 1949 brochure with the below pictures/descriptions in it as well as a 1950 price list which includes both deluxe versions. I have a 1948 brochure/parts list that doesn't include a "deluxe" option in that one as well as a 1951 brochure which doesn't have it in there either, nor an option for a hood. The 1951 brochure does though, include an option for electric start, but find it funny that it's a $125 option because it's only available with a Wisconsin AEHS engine, which you'd have to purchase and install as well.....
So from what I can tell, this "Deluxe" model with the unique, squared off hood was only an option in 1949 and 1950. Has anyone ever seen one? I have recently spotted a 1949 version, but it's the only one I've ever stumbled across. Has anyone else seen one or know of one?
Edited by oldiron1, November 19, 2014 - 02:18 PM.