The second world war was well underway although the United States had not yet been drawn into the war by the attack on Pearl Harbor and Ford was busily building awesome coupes for the North American car driver. Finding unmolested cars on the road today are rare sightings indeed. I found this one cruising into a car show and snapped a couple of photos of it for you to enjoy.
She is powered by a Chevrolet 350 cid engine making 375 HP, tri-power carb’s and dual exhausts. The transmission is a Muncie 4 speed replacing the original 40’s shifter. It has Mustang II rack and pinion with disc brakes and a Ford 8 inch with a anti sway bar.
The chassis had only 30,000 miles before the owner acquired her and gave a full frame off restoration to the nearly already perfect body. I think the results speak for themselves as this Burgundy beauty just screams show me, show me now!
The inside was as nice as the outside, with the under hood detailed to nearly able to eat off her engine bay. The interior is well detailed and the dash is simply awesome! The tan leather bench seats and flawless interior are signs that no detail was left unchecked.
I like that the owner has kept the car stock overall exterior wise. He deemed why change what was near perfection and the styling was what he after. The notable exception are the fatboy whitewall tires on baby moon wheels color keyed to the body, giving a meaner look to the otherwise stock body.
I have seen a few of these fine Ford Deluxe coupes go on sale now and then in the $40,000 to $80,000 or more range for turn-key restored cars. This car is worth every bit of the high side of this range though I couldn’t seem to interest the present owner in parting with his baby on this day. I could just picture cruising in this car, as she rode like a Cadillac and handled like a Porsche and it was an enticing image! Anyway, happy hunting!
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