This 1949 Ford Coupe has a bright look, vintage style, and a
strong-running flathead V8. It makes for the kind of clean and
complete classic that lets you turn back the clock without breaking
This car brings together the right iconic elements. The '49 Ford Is
cherished for being the first true post-war design, and the coupe
body remains the sought-after version thanks to a well-proportioned
style. The teal blue paint on this one has a radiant look that
doesn't look out of place on a car like this. After all, it
represents the post-war cheery optimism, and they got the details
right with the color-matched wheels behind the two-piece trim. And
speaking of trim, the side trim is particularly attractive with the
way it shows off the straightness of the body panels. The
bullet-nose grille, wraparound chrome bumpers, and special hood
ornament with lucite insert are all part of the details that keep
this an icon.
The interior has been given some investments to be fresh and
attractive, but never lose that vintage feeling. For example, the
seats retain the classic bench style, but the newer covers with
turquoise blue cloth inserts add color and comfort. The door panels
were also done to match to give this a very uniform feeling. The
dash has a cool art deco look, and there are factory items kept for
display, like the AM radio and heater. So it's a great vintage
presentation. And the dual-spoke steering wheel just seems to have
the right feel to put you in touch with the generations of drivers
that came before you.
The correct-style presentation continues under the hood. The 239
cubic-inch flathead V8 is nicely detailed with the correct oil-bath
air cleaner, and the radiator hoses are so crisp, they look like
they are diving into the motor. But more than just looking good,
the flathead is a great engine for enjoying classic motoring. This
example fires up nicely, the dual exhaust gives you a little extra
rumble, and the three-speed manual transmission lets you control
that soundtrack while also giving it a powerful feeling around
The '49 coupe is a legend, and this example knows how to feel
authentic and fun. So if you're looking for an affordable icon,
1949 Ford Coupe
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