1941 Ford Deluxe
In mid-September 1940, Henry Ford - in his last appearance at a new
car introduction - received 500 reporters to see the new 1941 Ford
models. True to form, he said little, but the car said a lot about
the company's willingness to go with the flow. The 1941s were the
first of the "fat" Fords, with a clean contemporary look that was
right in tune with the era. Further, Ford now even offered a
flathead six, a clear concession to the competition.
For consignment, a custom Ford Deluxe. Heavily modded and upgraded,
refreshed with new materials and designs, and an engine upgrade,
(357ci V8), to make it loud and proud and slightly akin to the 1998
Hot Wheels Tail Dragger release. An all-steel car, all buttoned up
and shaved a touch for the aero look. A "phat" fat tail draggin
Ford if you will.
Bathed in the deep end of the pool black paint, we see straight
slab steel panels, rounded front quarters, and a small body bump
out connecting to a smaller fender skirted rear fender. Rounded is
the key word for the design of this car, but let's not forget
smooth also. From the front bumper to the rear bumper, we note
nothing else but curvaceous curves. These bumpers are hung tight to
the body and wrap around the bulbous front fenders like a child
hugging their favorite stuffed toy. The tall knobbed front hood
floats above the vertical V curved grille, and dual side grilles
flanking it. While the original grille openings have been retained,
they are now filled with a stainless wire mesh that is also
replicated in the small oval front bumper opening. The headlights
are frenched into the front fenders and some bullet style turn
signals under the lights are next to the grilles and have also
received the frenching treatment. On the rear are simple circular
flush mount taillights and flank the smoothed round trunk which is
very spacious and also restored in a lovely red and black leather.
Rounded corner side windows and a rear oval window are noted to be
cut onto the body. The top has been slightly chopped and all traces
of brightwork have been removed from around the glass, this
includes the split windshield which is now a simple swept back V
pane of glass. Chrome spotlights at the base of the A-pillars
highlight the low and flowing roof life and pair nicely with the
thin trim spear that runs along the body belt line from mid hood to
the swoop down of the rear quarter panel. 15-inch red painted steel
wheels are on all 4 corners along with tri-bar spinner style wheel
covers. These are wrapped by 20/70R15's in front, and larger
255/70R15's on back all in wide whitewall format.
A swing of the large shaved handle suicide hinged doors and we can
shake hands with smooth red leather which highlights the black tuck
and roll chrome trimmed leather insert. These panels present as
nearly new with bright and shiny chrome for the handles and cranks
and overstuffed black leather armrests are on to keep you feelin'
just right. The sills mimic small running boards and are finished
in low pile red carpet. Looking towards the seats, we see low back
bucket styling with smooth red overstuffed bolsters and clean tuck
and roll pleated black leather inserts. More low pile red carpeting
covers the floors neatly and in the center is a glossy black
console with padded armrest topper, cup holders, the suspension air
ride control module and the 8-ball topped short arm shifter. This
console flows up to meet the bottom center of the dash where a JVC
AM/FM/CD player resides just below the control panel for the
Vintage Air heat and AC knobs. A tilt steering column in black is
topped with a smaller version of the factory 2 spoke steering wheel
and is fronting a black painted steel dash that has 2 larger
centrally located red face Classic Instruments gauges and are
surrounded by smaller gauges of the same ilk. These chrome bezel
beauties safely reside under the black steel eyebrow of the dash.
Moving in front of the passenger we see more black steel
highlighted by a silver facing at the top of the dash. A 2 plus 2
bench seat arrangement is in the rear and matches the 2 front
buckets just perfectly. A black felted padded headliner is floating
above and looking near perfect.
A lift of the big bulbous hood, and we have engine bling bling
blinding us. It's now a stout 350ci V8 bored over to create a
consignor stated 357 cubic inches of small block Chevy power. This
has beautifully polished aluminum valve coverings, and 3 small
polished air cleaner assemblies up top. Red wiring snakes its way
to each cylinder, and nice stainless steel braided hoses are all
over this engine. The intake manifold is a tri-power style with (3)
2-barrel Holley carburetors topping it, and on back is a TH400
3-speed automatic. A Ford 9-inch rear axle has been put on to
handle all the power.
All very clean and rust free with a solid drilled X frame
supporting the car with ease. Floor pans and rockers are excellent
as are toe kicks and inner fenders. An independent air bag front
end suspension and a 4 link with air bag rear suspension are seen,
as are disc brakes all around. A clean and rust free black finished
exhaust snakes its way from the headers on the engine to the X
frame crossover where it has short exit piping aimed towards the
rockers for that open header roar or leave them closed and allow
the spent fossils exit out the rear via Magnaflow mufflers.
A quick fire up and I was off to the test track where this car
performed flawlessly. Plenty of power, seats proved to be comfy and
the A/C was much appreciated on our rather hot and humid test drive
day. This car corners well and comes to a quick stop. The steering,
while non power assisted, steers easily even in tight slow moving
spaces. All controls were in working order, and the engine idled
with a wonderful gurgle, awaiting the tap of your right toe!
Here we have a custom car, modded with a beautiful looking and
powerful 357ci V8 engine, with added bling, eye candy interior and
solid steel black exterior in beautiful sculpted round form. Even
the glass is round, and all is well with this delightfully done
Deluxe from 1941...but it can cut the mustard when needed. A
sleeper?? Oh yeah! Get your tail down to our Hallowed Halls and see
if this taildragger is the one for you!
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.