1951 Ford Custom Deluxe
The 1951 Ford Custom Victoria was Ford's first hardtop, offered
only in V-8 guise. It appeared in the last year of the 1949 styling
generation - and a bit late at that. Still, the Custom Victoria
proved immensely popular, outselling Chevrolet's Bel Air by about
7,000 units that year. The pillarless superstructure was styled by
Gordon M. Buehrig, of Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg fame, who had come to
Dearborn after leaving the Loewy team at Studebaker. Despite
exceptionally clean lines, a relatively posh interior, and good
performance from the reliable flathead V8, the first Victoria used
to be somewhat overlooked by collectors, but in the last decade has
become more desired.
This beautifully restored example of the height of Ford design in
1951, shows very well. Consistent gaps, and full redux, including
the trunk, engine bay, engine, and undercarriage, you are buying a
near showroom car with a classic line.
Dipped in beautiful blue metallic, this paint job was the
definition of attention to detail. A few scratchers and a dent or
two are around, but overall, it presents in very nice condition. If
you are into chrome, and brite work spears aplenty, this car has it
in tasteful doses with a 360-degree belt line trim, rear quarter
spears that surround the taillights eventually, and lots of bumper,
window surround, headlight visors, and grille work to boot. All in
very good condition. Throw in some horizontal fender skirts, wide
white wall tires, a continental kit, and we are ready to go to the
local drive-in movie and vie for some backseat action.
Blue bolsters with ivory inserts all in vinyl cover the benches,
which are front split, and rear bench. White stitching along with
white piping sets the seats off nicely. The front seats have a
large seam separation on the driver's upper cushion that most
likely can be repaired fairly easily. This blue and ivory shows up
on the door panels as well and a gray steel border up top and some
chrome and bakelite handles within. Light blue low pile carpeting
is on the floors and is protected both front and rear with navy
blue mats. In front is the original dash with light gray sprayed
metal top, and an interesting mesh chrome front board with all the
standard insert knobs, radio and speedometer. A Ford bakelite black
steering wheel in chevron styling fronts the dash. The headliner is
gray, tight and very clean.
The early 1950's Fords have the neatest engine bays with a gleaming
copper colored block and heads, topped by a copper painted oil bath
air filter. This 239ci V8 is no exception, as it sits proudly in
the engine bay in its copper glory. The copper oil bath covers a
single 2-barrel carburetor, and the obligatory 3-speed manual
transmission and 3.73 geared rear axle is backing up the V8. All
hoses and other add-ons are in excellent condition.
A thick coating of rustproofing covers the floor pans, rockers and
toe kicks. Frame and flooring show surface rust on the untreated
sections as does the suspension but all remains structurally solid.
Body hangers, suspension parts, and gas tank are good as well. A
dual exhaust system with Cherrybomb mufflers has been installed and
we note drum brakes all around. For the suspension we see an
independent coil spring arrangement on the front and a leaf spring
set up on the rear.
Being a sucker for these early 50's Fords, I hopped in and had a
great test ride. All was working famously save for the heater
blower and the horn, great acceleration, and smooth shifting from
the 239ci V8 and 3 speed. I rolled the window down and drove with
the obligatory arm bent out the window cruise just for old time's
sake. A point of note, parallel parking takes a bit of remembrance
with the added length of the continental kit.
For a while these cars were largely ignored in the collector
market. Now they have become significant, and this quality build
shows that in style, taste, and pure workmanship which is
exhausting to imagine all the time put into the restoration of this
super cool Ford cruiser. They are not making any more of them, and
examples are deteriorating by the day, so this one can be had and
B-239ci V8 100hp
CS-Chester, PA Assy Plant
160151-Sequential Unit Number
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 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
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