For Sale: 1951 Ford Custom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

1951 Ford Custom Deluxe

For Ford's first introduction after WW2 they rolled out the commonly referred to shoebox design, a slab sided, pontooned car with its frowning chrome grille with the single bullet and Ford crest, which would appear throughout the 1950's on numerous Fords. Their new streamlined design with its integrated fenders and more would usher in the modern streamlined design and beat the other "Big Two" to the punch. This would help satisfy the voracious appetite for something new in the post war recovering country and make Ford a wildly profitable company.

Approaching this car it's difficult not to be taken in by its sleek design, beautiful paint, and overall good looks. This 1951 4 door has top notch metalwork, with few imperfections visible anywhere. A beautiful interior, and very smooth-running Flathead V8, this is a standout in our halls, and is priced right to move out of said halls...quickly!

Exterior
Bathed in traditional black paint, these rounded fenders, roofline, and chromed grille, all present very well. Just a few small spots of some bubbling but none larger than 1/8 inch to be seen. Chrome is near perfect, and upfront we catch the mini dagmar equipped grille surrounded by extra chrome on the guarded bumper. The design flows to the fenders with chrome bezel single headlights within rounded integrated fenders where the beginnings of a trim spear are seen down low behind the snazzy gravel shield just behind the front wheel well. From here the spear flows rearward below the belt line, and above are nice handles, a round side view mirror and locks for the doors fully functioning. Another set of doors are aft, and then we move rearward to the rounded rear fenders with a small bump out which eventually ends in the horizontal opposing oval taillights. These lenses are set into wrap around chrome bezels that flow to a point mid rear quarter panel. Below is another fine guarded bumper, and on the big round trunk lid is another Ford crest with more chrome trimmings and the meeting point of the trim spear. The roof is near perfect and surrounding the confines of the passenger compartment are chrome trimmed windows in keeping with the aero design. Ford badged wheel covers are wrapped by wide whites on all 4 corners and have red painted steel wheels peeking out from underneath the covers.

Interior
Very soft plush light gray broadcloth with some buttons and light and dark gray piping is abundant on the front and rear benches. Door panels are a mix of a silver steel upper sill, light gray seat matching broadcloth, dark gray broadcloth and slightly darker gray vinyl, shiny handles and cranks. Feasting our eyes on the beautifully restored metal dash it keeps all its original charm with a single round gauge in front of the original steering wheel fashioned from bakelite and on a simple metal column. Plenty of knobs and pulls made from more bakelite in black are fashioned with center aluminum mesh inserts. This mesh runs across 2/3rds of the dash and also holds the clock, AM radio, a gold Custom badge in your grandmother's script and a Ford crest. Our consignor notes that the factory AM radio has been updated during the redux and now operates without the nuisance of tubes. Below the dash next to the steering wheel on the left is a nicely restored temp/fan controller and the actuator pull for the overdrive unit and to the right is a NOS tissue dispenser in chrome. Beautiful black carpet floods the floors, and above is a lightly sagging light gray felt headliner.

Drivetrain
A lift of the Ford crested hood, and we have revealed to us a rebuilt 239ci Flathead V8. The block is showing well in a copper finish and is topped by a single 2-barrel carburetor, and on back an original to this car 3-speed manual transmission with overdrive which pushes power rearward to the 3.73 geared rear axle. Looking good under the hood with an aluminum radiator on to keep things cool and an optional windshield washer bottle for keeping the glass clean.

Undercarriage
Showing almost no surface rust, just clean black paint and undercoating, the frame and flooring remains solid. The rockers appear new as well and we note a few repairs done to the floor panels. New springs both front and rear for the independent coil sprung front suspension and leaf spring rear suspension provide the ride. Keeping things nice and tight are new king pins, shocks, and A-frame bushings. Drum brakes are seen all around with new linings and drums, and we note new dual exhaust with Cherrybomb mufflers.

Drive-Ability
Simply put, a pleasure to drive, it fired right up with little coaxing, but had a noticeable tap in the engine when cold that disappeared once warmed up. This old cruiser ran like a dream through our test track with smooth acceleration, bias free braking that worked very well, and good handling for a turn of the 5th decade car. All functions were working, and the plush cloth seats were very comfortable.

A wonderful restoration of the 1951 4 door from Ford. A walk around and you too will be impressed with its beautiful paint, wonderful interior, and drivetrain that is all buttoned up. Start re-enjoying Sunday drives to car shows, where you can turn heads, win awards, and just have a great time hanging out with the like-minded.

VIN DECODE
B1AT149318
B-239ci V8
1-1951
AT-Atlanta, GA Assy Plant
149318-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 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.

Vehicle Details

  • 1951 Ford Custom
  • Listing ID: CC-1623123
  • Price: $24,500
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1951
  • Make:Ford
  • Model:Custom
  • Exterior Color:Black
  • Interior Color:Gray
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:85945
  • Stock Number:4195
  • VIN:B1AT149318
Listed By:
Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Rd.
Morgantown, PA 19543

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