1950 Ford Custom Convertible
It took a few years after World War II for automakers to introduce
completely new postwar era cars. Most had been updates of pre-war
cars, and with demand high, Ford had to respond. Their troubles
began during the 1930's, as the Great Depression and increasing
competition had slowed some of the company's success. Henry Ford's
persistence on updating the antiquated suspension system had been
another factor, and as the war came to an end, the Ford Motor
Company emerged in declining financial health. They turned to
designer George Walter, commonly known as the 'Cellini of Chrome'
for a sleek new streamlined design to take them into the 50's, and
the Ford brand was off and running again.
For consignment with an original owner a principal in New Jersey
who would faithfully commute to school every morning, then sadly
passed away, leaving his wife with the car. Our 2nd owner, the
current consigner, purchased the car and did an immaculate fresh
frame on restoration in 2017, leaving no stone unturned. Probably
one of the very best examples of this car in existence, which in
1950- 1 million Fords were produced, and only 50,000 of them were
convertibles. There is a high school parking pass still on the
window to commemorate the original owner.
Perfectly aligned straight panels bathed in Matador Red base coat
then a clear coat, cover this immaculate car. All new chrome and
stainless trim has been painstakingly added to exact
specifications. Beautiful trim spears break up the red which is
truly miles deep and not a mark to be seen. Fender skirts with some
horizontal ribbing give the car a classy look, as do the squinting
oval taillights which are framed by well-rounded fenders. A brand
new Hartz tan canvas convertible top is now on and has a rebuilt
pump and top bows. A clear glass window is inserted into the back.
On all 4 corners are 15-inch steel wheels painted body matching
red, and these are adorned by an outer trim ring, and a dog dish
style chrome center cap. Wrapping these beautiful wheels are new
Coker wide white tires.
For the interior...simple but impressive with red seats in vinyl,
and jet black button adorned backs complete with a surrounding of
red piping. Door panels emulate this with red sills and black lower
panels that have a peppering of chrome trimmings and cranks. The
original steering wheel is a sight to behold in itself which shows
some of the excesses Ford would go through to add intrinsic value
to their standard cars. It's just perfect. As is the dash in
Matador Red Metallic with a centrally located speedo and
surrounding gauge circle which is bordered at the bottom by a
litany of cream bakelite knobs, and a large fan/temp slider. In the
very center is a large round clock with two horizontal spears,
looking very much like an airplane propeller, and a pristine radio
below. All solid rubber for the floors and clean does not come
close to saying how well these utilitarian rubber floors are
I'm unfolding my napkin and getting ready to eat off this engine
block garnished in gold with supple black hoses and perfectly
restored black bolt ons. This gem is a 239ci V8 and is topped by a
single 2-barrel carburetor with an oil bath air cleaner in gold. A
3-speed manual transmission is seen on back. and way back a 3.73
As expected, plenty of new parts, and some rebuilds, but absolutely
no rust seen at all. A solid X frame with strong body hangers which
are supported by the frame, rockers look just fab, and so does the
floorpans. Independent coil spring suspension is upfront, and leaf
springs hold up the rear.
My partner in crime and I could not get enough of this car. It
starts right up, and idled so smoothly, when we did the Chinese
fire drill to change up the driver, we questioned whether the first
guy turned off the car. A very comfortable interior, super smooth
shifter, and an overall great driver. Solid steering and no creaks
or complaining as we put it through its paces.
An excellent plus restored example of an everyday man's car. Just a
beautiful job, a mechanical marvel to watch run and try to hear and
look at. All seemingly right off the 1950 showroom floor. And the
parking pass is a really nice piece of the car's history. 69,800
original miles. Report to the Office NOW!
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 500 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.