1939 Ford Deluxe Coupe
In the Mid 1930's, Ford Motor Company president Edsel Ford was
beginning to worry about the ever-increasing competition from
Oldsmobile and Buick. Ford needed a car that offered style, comfort
and luxury at a mid-market price, one that could bridge the gap
between top of the line Ford models and the ultra-exclusive Lincoln
K series. The DeLuxe line of upmarket Fords was introduced for
1938, alongside the Lincoln-Zephyr. These new DeLuxe Fords featured
different styling from their standard counterparts, as well as
well-equipped cabins with additional luxury features.
For consignment, a "baby Zephyr" in response to the competition
offering up very nicely designed cars looking like more high end
vehicles. Edsel's response was indeed this car. Its grille was the
first hint, and the remainder of the styling gave homage to the
higher end offerings of the time. Our consignor's father gave the
car to him when he was 15 years old, and he's had it ever since.
This 1939 example is beautifully restored and runs to perfection.
The power plant has been changed out with a circa 1960 Corvette
283ci V8 engine, 4bbl carburetor and aluminum intake, both from
The first clue to this excellent design is right up front with
those teardrop headlights. These are mounted on the rounded fenders
that flank a beautifully restored vertical ribbed grille with a
downward sloping V, and a high bulbous hood above. This all Henry
Ford metal car is bathed in shiny Taupe color which is nearly
flawless, with panels that have well minded gaps. As we scan to the
back the long hood eventually runs into the dual panel windscreen
wrapped by chrome trimmings. Long doors float effortlessly above
rubber covered running boards that eventually turn into another
curva-licious fender for the rear. All windows have a beautifully
curved design to them, including the split rear glass which is a
preview of the curves to come. The window creates the beginning of
a trunk lid which gracefully travels downward matching the rear
fender and framed by a small thin chromed bumper with a blue
painted mid line within it at the bottom. On either side are
teardrop taillights. All beautifully restored and utilizing moon
cap hubcaps that are flat and cover the entire wheel right up to
the edge of the tires which have a thin white wall accenting on all
Ultra smooth and tight tan colored felting and carpeting door
panels with some stitching delineating the various panels and
providing a background for the nice shiny chromed actuator and
window crank. Light and dark mauve colored broadcloth for the bench
seat which has a solid back and is padded to rival a couch in your
living room. This luxurious seat all fits neatly into a felted
covered door panel matching tub. In back of this overstuffed bench,
is a storage shelf covered in darker tan carpeting. In keeping with
the theme, a metal painted brown dash is original and fully
restored to its former glory with nice cream gauges and mirror-like
bezels with a peppering of horizontal ribbing. This is all fronted
by a brown rimmed by bakelite steering wheel with a banjo styled
center all shiny and nice. Aftermarket gauges hang below the dash,
as well as a new tachometer gauge attached to the steering column.
In front of the passenger is a glovebox with a round art deco
styled bezeled clock also in a beautifully aged cream color. It's a
wind up clock and still works like well...a clock! The floor is
covered with an impervious rubber flooring which presents in black
and is very clean. From this floor a beautifully curved shift lever
reaches out to the driver and is topped with a cream colored knob.
This interior is dripping with an aged look, but like new in its
presentation. Lest I forget a kudo to the trunk which is fully
restored and is lined in black rubber, has the red painted steel
wheel spare, and now the battery is residing here too.
A rise of the V shaped bulbous styled hood reveals a Corvette 283ci
V8 from 1960. This codes out as a fuel injected engine, but this
was replaced with a 1970 aluminum intake and 4-barrel carb on top.
A contemporary styled dual dinner dish air cleaner covering is all
shined up in chrome plating and the valve coverings are cast
aluminum with Chevrolet badging cast into them. On back is the
original but rebuilt 3-speed manual transmission, and a 3.78 rear
Nearly better than showroom, attention to every detail with a like
new X frame supporting the black shiny stamped floor pans, body
hangers and under running boards. Transverse leaf springs provide
the all around suspension, and coming from the engine are the
exhaust manifolds which have pipes that snake rearward through
glass pack style mufflers and shiny exhaust piping. Drum brakes are
The Corvette V8 fired right up, and the carb fed plenty of
performance from my foot to the power train. This car drives as
nicely as it looks, and all is functioning very well. A great
cruiser with power when you need it, better than the 1939 original.
So smooth and steering seemed so light it could have been powered.
A beautiful driver with effortless shifting and good solid braking.
Only fault the test drive yielded was a non functioning trip
A wonderful example of the baby Zephyr, the general public never
had it so good, with this ability to look like a high roller by
spending little money. Edsel was a genius, and this created sales
that put Ford back on the map. A 2-door coupe and just what the
doctor ordered as to luscious design and line. A winner gracing our
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.