1941 Ford Super Deluxe Coupe
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 1941's 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 Super Deluxe coupe with a touch of
lead sled modded looks. Built in 1965 from an original rust free
car and now sporting a Motor City Flathead 8BA engine, (239 cubes
to be exact), to make it loud and proud. An all-steel car, all
buttoned up with just the right amount of custom touches for the
Bathed in what the consignor believes is the original coating of
black, we see straight slab steel panels, rounded front quarters,
and a small running board connecting to a smaller rear fender.
Rounded is the key word for the design of this car from the shaved
front bumper to the blingy chrome rear bumper are nothing but
curvaceous curves. A tall 86 louvered front hood floats above the
vertical ribbed V curved grille, and dual side grilles flanking it.
Headlights are embedded into the front fenders and some chromed
bullet style turn signals flanking the lights and are next to the
grille. Aftermarket full fender skirts have been added in the rear
fenders giving that low and slow tail dragging look. On the rear
are single rectangle tail lights with chrome bezels and blue dots
and are drenched into the rear quarters on either side. A rounded
trunk which is very spacious and labeled the "Moonshin'R" in
pinstripe script is between the tail lighting. Rounded corner side
windows with swan style mirrors and Appleton faux spotlights and a
rear oval window are noted, cut onto the body. Just below the rear
bumper are dual shiny tail pipes peeking out from underneath the
bumper. 15-inch steel wheels have Cadillac wheel covers on the 4's
and these are wrapped in medium whites all around.
A swing of the large doors and we can shake hands with a large
white naugahyde panel for the door complete with vertically ribbed
tuck and roll inserts and maroon bakelite echuons for the chrome
cranks and pulls. The sills are painted in maroon over the steel
and look just fab. Looking towards the seats, we note white
bolsters and white naugahyde inserts. There is a framing of
whitepiping which blends nicely with the like new white naugahyde.
The rear bench sprawls from side panel to side under the oval
window and appears to never have been sat in. Towards the dash we
scan a full metal jacket black steel dash, complete with its
original gauge cluster looking gold, aged, and in art deco styling.
This runs the length of the dash and in the center is some
horizontal ribbed grating. A trio of aftermarket gauges hangs below
this nice dash and growing from the dash is a Ford Fairlane
steeringcolumn and wheel with a tachometer strapped on for good
measure. A Lokar shifter reaches for the driver's hand, and all
this is floating in a sea of maroon carpeting
withcomplimentarywhite piping. Above is a white headliner white
maroon ribbing, nice and tight.
A lift of the big bulbous louvered hood, and we have engine bling
bling blinding us. It's now a Motor City Flathead 8BA V8 which
specs out at 239ci. This has beautiful early production Motor City
Flathead ribbed aluminum cylinder heads and yellow wiring snakes
its way to each cylinder, and nice supple hoses are all over this
engine. The Edelbrock manifold has an Edelbrock 500cfm 4-barrel
carburetor topping it and a 3/4 race cam has been installed. On the
back is a newer Borg Warner 5-speed manual transmission that was
installed a fewyears ago, replacing the former 49 Ford truck
3-speed. A Ford 9-inch rear axle has been put on and weighs in with
a 3.73 ratio.
All very clean and rust free with a solid drilled X frame
supporting the car with ease. Floor pans and rockers are very
niceas are toe kicks and inner fenders. A transverse leaf spring
front end suspension and a leaf spring rear suspension are seen, as
are drum brakes on both ends. A clean exhaust with Smithy's
mufflers snakes its way from the Fenton headers attached to the
engine to the rear and peeks out the underside on the rear with
A quick fire up and I was off to the test track where this car
performed flawlessly. Plenty of power, seats were comfortable, and
nice storage space if I needed it. This car corners well and comes
to a quick stop. Steering is not power, but 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
Here we have a custom car, modded with a beautiful looking and
powerful Motor City Flathead V8, 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
Super Deluxe coupe from 1941...but it can cut the mustard when
needed. A sleeper?? Oh yeah, pass me the shine!
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.