1949 Ford Custom Convertible
The 1949 Ford Custom V-8 (exc. Sedans) should be a Milestone car
because of its adroit styling - albeit in part the work of
moonlighting Studebaker people - and traditional V-8 performance
(the engine was much improved this year, though the horsepower
rating didn't change).
Can you imagine how great it must have felt in '49 to go for a
summer evening drive with the top down in this Ford? Actually, I'd
feel pretty incredible going for a ride in it today! Don't get me
wrong, back when it was new it would have been fair nicer and
cleaner. But boy would it feel great to climb into it, lower the
top and just cruise! Here's your opportunity with this '49 barn
find Custom Convertible.
Not unlike those old pair of shoes you just cannot throw away
because they still are comfortable to walk around in, this old
custom convertible is well worn, but you just cannot put it down.
Certainly, a barn find, certainly needs work, but only in there
sense that you personally may want to upgrade it. It can run and
drive as is with all tight 1949 patina. Bathed in tan paint has its
nicks and scratches, dirt marks and slight rust, but panels are all
there and fairly straight. The coming jet age front grille has the
central located jet turbine smack dab in the center of the grille,
and frames the bulbous hood, and side single headlight fenders.
Chrome is a bit beat up, showing signs of rust, and dimpling as
well as delimitation, but it all goes with the original charm of
this car. On the steel slab sides is a trim spear which runs from
the door's rearward to the oval tail lighted rear. A split front
windshield backs up from the art deco "Spartan-esque" hood
ornament. The canvas convertible top has long since rotted away,
but still can be enjoyed in the warm weather, wind in the hair sun
in your eyes, rolling along.
Seat coverings are tattered but reveal what may be the original
plaid broadcloth seats, with white vinyl bolsters. The dash is all
original shows crazing, paint scratches and soiling, but its
original in light green painted metal. An original steering wheel
is fronting this dash and sports a rarely seen stylized "F" badge
in the center of the wheel. Floors are in need of repair due to
invasive rust, and lower door panels are rusted underneath the
Surprisingly clean for the overall condition, a 239ci V8 flathead
engine in under the hood. This has a single 2-barrel carburetor on
top, a 3-speed manual transmission complete with overdrive, and a
3.91 rear axle. Hoses are like new and engine looks in good
condition. The engine was running about 2 years ago but has not
been run since. It will turn over and is not seized.
Plenty of surface rust, road dirt, grease and what's leftover of a
long ago undercoating cover all surfaces underneath. The frame is
sturdy and structurally sound, and just slight invasive rust has
encroached into the rockers at the rear of each wheel well.
Independent coil spring suspension is upfront, and leaf springs for
the rear, as well as drum brakes bringing you to a stop on all 4
A well worn example, borderline barn find but working condition
from 1949, all in convertible form. An ambitious restoration or a
parts car, or just turn the key and drive to your heart's content
and enjoy the sunshine.
NO TITLE-SOLD ON A BILL OF SALE ONLY
Please note, this vehicle does not come with a battery.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 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.