1951 was the first year for the post-war Victoria. This trim on the
Ford Custom Deluxe is where Ford first really satisfied America's
post-WWII desire for great styling and premium touches. So to find
an interesting vehicle in such a well-kept and period-correct
condition is really a nice find at this price.
When you want a distinctive classic, the Victoria is the right
place to start. Its pillarless hardtop design with the wraparound
rear glass is a premium feature that makes this far rarer than the
standard two-door. But this is so darn attractive Ford Victorias
actually outsold Chevy's line-topping Bel Air in '51. Like any good
1950s coupe, this one has plenty of brightwork led by the large
front bumper and intricate grille that doubled down on the previous
year's bullet-nose style. There's great trim around the hardtop and
running down the side of the car. It all wraps around the rear end
whose design was hinting at the tailfin era that was coming soon.
And the paint is a terrific finish touch with a classic Hazel Brown
and Cream two-tone. There's even a hint of metallic in the brown to
give it the right nostalgic touch.
The interior earth-tones harmonize with the exterior colors. That's
important in a hardtop because after all, it allows you to roll all
the windows down and give people a better view inside. Not only is
it a coordinated classic, but they also made the right investments
inside to keep it fresh and comfy on the carpeting, door panels,
and wide bench seats with cloth inserts. This has great pieces you
want on a time capsule classic, like the original stylized steering
wheel, the big round speedometer, and the AM radio that's still
there for a display. Even the courtesy lights in the rear are still
coming on when you open the doors.
Ford's Flathead V8 is a legend all on its own for the power it
provides, and the 239 cubic-inch displacement would be the largest
installed in the Ford cars. It presents exceptionally vintage in
the engine bay with the tall oil bath air cleaner, filter, and
motor all matching in a patina copper. It has a classic appearance,
right down to the radiator hoses. But it fires up eagerly and runs
smoothly like a well-respected classic should. This one loves to
feel like a vintage cruiser on the road, including the
column-shifted three-speed manual transmission that gives you full
control. But there are a few of the right upgrades you want, like
newer Cooper tires and a true dual exhaust.
Complete with owner's manual, the Victoria was one of the most
expensive Fords you could buy without going into a wagon or
convertible. That kind of distinction only grows with age. So don't
miss out on this quite correct Vicky. Call today!!!
1951 Ford Victoria
Exterior Color:Hazel Brown/Cream
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