1948 Ford Super Deluxe Coupe
Ford had a number of leftover 1942 body parts that went into 1946
Ford models. Henry Ford II got the first postwar car into
production, and the very first one - a white Super DeLuxe Tudor
sedan assembled on July 3, 1945 - went to President Harry Truman.
Alas, only 34,439 more were assembled during the 1945 calendar
year, but it was the quick return to production that put Ford ahead
of Chevrolet. However, there was no end of problems with the War
Production Board, which controlled output and materials supplies,
and the Office of Price Administration, which put many controls on
the price of parts and cars. Henry Ford II claimed that he was
losing $300 per car because he couldn't achieve volume production,
and indeed the company was hemorrhaging about $10 million per month
at one point.
For consignment, imagine if you will, a restored beauty, all
buttoned up and one of the nicest mild street rod/classic car
restorations in our halls here at Classic Auto Mall, and we have
over 700 cars in here, so pay attention! Meanwhile I'll give you
some ticklers: Heidts Mustang II suspension, nice maroon paint,
tight suspension, powerful engine, GPS speedometer, the top goes
down, and a classic look, all excellent condition. Enough! of this
carrot dangling...let get after it!
Retaining all the original body panels, we see a beautiful long
hood flanked by large pontoon style fenders that house chrome bezel
headlights, a big horizontal ribbed FORD grille, and a curved
bumper. All this is in excellent condition. Moving rearward, we
note straight door panels with a slight flair at the bottom, and a
stainless trim piece along the bottom. Going from the hood to the
rear across the doors is another straight pointed belt line trim in
excellent shiny condition. Another trim piece wraps around the
middle of the fenders, and halts at each door adding to the shapely
curve of the fenders. All of this is bathed in a respray of Autumn
Red which presents with some cracking, crazing and a rather large
scuff on the driver's front fender. A split windshield with awesome
chrome trim and twin spot lights plus chromed mirrors flank both
sides and attach to the doors. Up top is a beautiful beige canvas
convertible top with a glass rear window. Just grab your buddy to
help put it down and let the sun shine in. Bringing up the bulbous
rear is a large curved trunk and two protruding long oval tail
lights. Dual exhaust peek out from the curved rear bumper and 17"
Polished American Racing Torque Thrust wheels give the rod just the
The dash, in beautiful beige with loads of art deco styled chrome
houses two large round Classic Industries aftermarket instruments,
a speedometer and a quad display for engine vitals. These are
bordered with beautiful chrome dash trim and a speaker cover all of
which is so shiny I can admire stately reflection in. Just below
and centrally located in the dash is the controller for the Vintage
AC & heater controls, (the AC has been removed from the car but is
included with the purchase), a Pioneer AM/FM/CD player and round
chrome vents for the ventilation system. Fronting the dash is a
later model tilt steering column with a tachometer mounted well
within the driver's view and topped by a thick rimmed leather
wrapped banjo style steering wheel. A nicely sculpted tan leather
bench seat with copper piping fills the space between the front
doors and in the rear is a matching bench seat set perfectly
between the brown side panels. Seatbelts have been added to keep
you firmly in the soft leather seats and this beautiful interior
floats in a sea of lightly stained dark tan carpeting.
Under the hood is a 350 ci V8 crate engine, all like new with
plenty of blingy chromed and polished accents added on. An
Edelbrock intake and 4bbl carburetor are on and we also see like
new wiring and supple hoses. On back is a new 200R4, 4-speed
automatic transmission sending power back to a 10 bolt rear
Restored but driven, but showing no invasive rust. Just plenty of
structurally strong steel for the frame, floor pans and rockers, as
well as toe kicks, and underside of wheel wells. A new fuel tank,
power drum brakes for the back with leaf springs are seen. Upfront,
big power disc brakes are now added along with a Heidts Mustang II
front suspension. We note a power rack and pinion steering system
along with headers feeding the like new dual exhaust system.
This car is a perfect example of what it's like to drive a new 74
year old new car. Very tight, quick start, and great runner.
Steering is easy, and the ride is just downright great thanks to
the Heidts front end. All functions were working just peachy, and
the GPS speedometer is dead on. To describe my experience on the
test track would be: TIGHT!
A truly wonderful meticulous rebuild from the frame up, having no
stone left unturned, and adding some snazzy conveniences on the
way. A GPS speedometer, Vintage A/C & Heat, power steering,
American Racing wheels which are so sexy, and a drop top ta boot.
We are now entering the twilight zone and are in a new car from 74
years ago! So go on, grab Cheryl Tiegs & Buckle up!
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
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.