For Sale: 1951 Ford Custom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

1951 Ford Custom Victoria

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 well restored car with a classic line that was meant to be driven and enjoyed. Spare parts, including a car cover and lowering plates are included along with a folder of past owner history and some receipts.

Exterior
Dipped in Glenmist Green with a complementing Raven Black roof, this paint job is a driver quality application with a few scratches, some evidence of prior body work and heavy cracking of the finish on the upper rear quarter panels and trunk. 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 and grille work to boot, all of which is in very good condition. This writer loves the design of the rear of the roof which melts downward to a point on either side along with the tri-pane rear glass, a style that will be duplicated by other manufacturers over a decade later. Throw in some medium white wall tires and we are ready to go to the local drive-in movie and vie for some backseat action.

Interior
Marbled flagstone gray vinyl on the benches highlight the seat centers and are flanked top and bottom with smooth green vinyl, which are front split, and rear bench. This flagstone gray shows up on the door panels as well and has a seat matching smooth green vinyl panel above and black stitched vinyl below. Dark green carpeting is on the floors and is as heavily soiled in the driver's front position. 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, plus the speedometer with a bonus of the original radio mounted in the dash as well as the factory clock. A restored Ford bakelite black steering wheel in chevron styling fronts the dash. The headliner in antique white is showing some minor stains and soiling.

Drivetrain
The early 1950s Fords have the neatest engine bays with a gleaming copper colored block, heads, and intake then topped by a copper painted oil bath air filter. This239ci V8 is no exception, as it sits proudly in the engine bay in its copper glory. The oil bath covers a single 2-barrel carburetor, and the obligatory 3-speed manual transmission is backing up the recently tuned up V8. Meanwhile a 3.73 geared rear axle finishes off the drivetrain. All hoses and other add-ons are in excellent condition and we note the addition of a new radiator.

Undercarriage
A patinaed and black painted frame and suspension components provide the backbone for this classic ride. Only tiny amounts of surface rust is evident and the correct plates on the frame are present as only being installed on Victoria's and convertibles. A dual exhaust system with Hollywood Deep-Tone mufflers has been installed. New drum brakes are all around and work in conjunction with independent coil sprung front suspension and leaf springs in the rear. The floors are the highlight, being finished in a mix of black paint and the factory undercoating and showing no rust as are the body hangers and rockers.

Drive-Ability
Not only does it look great, but it also drives great. It fired right up and has a low roar at idle which could indicate a precursor of what is to come when I get goosey with my boot. Limitless acceleration, smooth cruising, nice smooth shifting, bias free braking and all functions working to perfection save for the temperature gauge notreading. We are ready to go to a show and collect the prizes, or just drive down main street and draw a crowd. And did we get the looks on this test drive.

For a while these cars were largely ignored in the collector market. Now they have become significant as the last of their era. They are not making any more of them, and examples are deteriorating by the day, so this one can be had and enjoyedimmediately.

B1CH187284

B-239ci V8
1-1951
CH-Chicago, IL Assy Plant
187284-Sequential Unit Number

WARRANTY TAG

BODY 60-Custom 8 Series Victoria Tudor
COLOR GA-Glenmist Green, Raven Black
TRIM AA-Unknown
PRODUCTION CODE 15H26C-August 15th

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 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-1671358
  • Price: $19,500
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1951
  • Make:Ford
  • Model:Custom
  • Exterior Color:Glenmist Green
  • Interior Color:Green
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:46754
  • Stock Number:4737
  • VIN:B1CH187284
Listed By:
Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Rd.
Morgantown, PA 19543

Contact Seller

Characters /500
 Sign me up for the Newsletter
By contacting this seller you accept
ClassicCars.com Visitors Agreement.
Interested in something else? Search these similar vehicles...