It's great to find a 1954 Ford Customline that has a ton of
originality - you see it everywhere from the engine bay to the
fender skirts over the whitewalls. So you know something this
distinct is an instant crowd pleaser.
The mid-50s Fords were great cars. Dual bullets in the grille,
whitewall tires, fender skirts, and a hint of Thunderbird tailfin
really gives the '54 Customline plenty of classic car appeal. Sea
Haze Green is the factory correct color, and it has the right tone
for the era. There was a respray later in life, and today it
carried the right look of a good shine but aged in nicely. So there
are going to plenty of people who may just assume you have a
well-kept original application. The same goes for the brightwork.
You have straight full length side trim, and the wraparound chrome
bumpers are complete and clean. So while the whole package is a
professional polishing away from being a show-stopper, there's
already something quite attractive about a car that gives a first
impression as the ultimate survivor.
The authentic feeling continues on the inside. The story we were
told on this car is that it had a long-term first owner and only
one more after that. Even the odometer is believed to reflect the
car's actual mileage (averaging less than 900 miles annually.) So
that's how you get such a time capsule style presentation. This one
retains the best of originality while still being a great
showpiece. For example, no one expects the seat covers and
headliner to last 65+ years and still look presentable. So you can
tell there was a solid investment keeping this one looking fresh
while staying correct. In fact, you have all the right original
details that you'll love to show off, like the speedometer in a
clear acrylic panel and the AM radio that's there for display. Even
the full-size spare in the trunk looks like the factory piece.
In a vehicle so unique already, it's really cool to see a
year-correct 223 cubic-inch inline-six under the hood. In fact,
with the low ownership chain, this is believed to be the original
motor for the car. Everything from the air topper to the generator
has an almost untouched look. But if you dig a little deeper, you
see that it has been well-maintained. That's why the motor runs
quite strong, and there's even an upgraded aluminum radiator to
help keep it running cool. This really is a driver's classic, and
you even have a three-speed automatic transmission to make enjoying
Because this was under long term care, there's also terrific
paperwork that comes with the car. It includes the owner's manual
and manual for many accessories. This is the time capsule look with
the right investments along the way to keep it a classic you can
own and drive with pride. That all makes for an irresistible deal.
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