For Sale: 1953 Ford Crestline Victoria in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

1953 Ford Crestline Victoria Tudor Hardtop

The Ford V8 had a turbulent birthing process thanks to the rather bizarre way that Henry Ford worked, trusting his gut much more than objective reason, or his engineers. He had several teams work around the clock in secrecy from each other, and demanded they build engines without oil pumps, or water pumps. It was a painful process, as Henry changed his mind constantly and refused feedback. But Henry's insistence of routing the siamesed exhaust ports of the middle cylinders between them intrinsically made the engine prone to overheating, which required very large radiators to keep it cool as best as possible. The flathead developed a rep for being easy to overheat. And the early versions had numerous other shortcomings; this was not Ford at its usual best. Let's just say that although Ford did build the first mass-produced mono-block V8, and at a very affordable price, it arrived with numerous flaws. Some of those were improved with time, especially after a major redesign in 1937. And of course, the hot-rod community quickly embraced it as the second coming, after the very durable Ford fours that had been the basis of their attention for some time. Ever-increasing levels of power were coaxed out of the Ford V8, and it became legendary. That's not to say that it was truly top dog; engines like the big GMC OHV six were able to generate more power with less effort, but the millions of Ford V8 engines available for a song made them infinitely accessible and affordable.

Offered for your viewing pleasure, an AACA Jr award winner at Hershey 2019, then garnishing its AACA Sr in 2020, also at Hershey in fully restored form. This 1953 Ford Crestline Victoria Tudor hardtop is possibly the nicest example thisautomotive starstruck writer has laid eyes on as it was restored in 2013 and is still looking fresh out of the shop today. Striking 2 tone paint, a flawless interior, some rarities added on and even some modern power conveniences all come together to make this a true best of the best showing in our Hallowed Halls.

A near perfect application of factorycorrect Seafoam Green covers the straight steel panels of the lower sectionsof thiscar that have well minded gaps, and a mirror like shine. Raven Black is reserved for the bulbous roof and like the rest of the car, shows as near flawless. From its neatly designed big 1950's front grille with reflections so deep I could shave my 5 o'clock shadow with ease, to the big side trim spear that starts at the headlights and goes to the back of the forward door, then gets picked up again on the back at the fender bump out with an angled ribbed larger panel that turns into a spear off the center and a metal bump out at the top edge of the "wing" perfectly highlighting the small fender skirts. This literally looks like you're looking skyward at the underside of a flying jet complete with chrome contrail. Plenty of chrome trimmings for the window surrounds and a single round tail light with a wide chrome bezel and small chromed center rest on the end of the fender which has rounded tops to meet the taillights. A continental kit in black and chrome graces the area between these lights and down low is another ultra shiny rear bumper with twin upright guards. A chrome piece of note is the very rare and not oft seen eagle hood ornament leading the way atop the hood. Seafoam Green 15-inch steel wheels with FORD badged chrome caps are wrapped in wide white bias ply tires on all 4 corners. The contrasting Raven Black on the roof of this chrome laden skate is what truly sets the whole package off in this writer's humble opinion.

The door panels utilize a myriad of materials from smooth white vinyl to black ribbed vinyl to smooth gray vinyl and even some black painted metal, which all work together to form the door panels. Lest we forget the mirror-like chrome trimmings dressing these doors whichadd to the early 50's charm. Wide long benches, with the front being a split bench, are the passengers seating front and rear, and are covered with wide tuck and roll black inserts with smoothwhite vinyl uppers, all sitting within a black tub. Some light wrinkling of the vinyl is noted on the upper front seats, but these do notdetract from the charming warmth these seats provide. A black steel full metal jacket dash and original instrumentation are seen inside. The horseshoe speedometer and gauge cluster are in front of the 2 tone black and white original steering wheel with its full chrome ring horn actuator. A chrome trimmed radio and temp controls are noted on this dash and a centrally located clock in a small circular bump up is in the top dead center of this dash. The tight and white headliner hangs proudly above along with 2 tone black and white sun visors that look just fab. Black carpeting, cleaner than clean, floats this interior and now I am in true early 50's heaven.

Powered by the 239ci flathead V8 and 3-speed Ford-O-Matic automatic column mounted shifter, this combo provides 110hp. There is a 2-barrel carburetor atop, and way in the back is the rear axle weighing in with a 3.31 ratio. Overall condition of the engine bay can best be described as factory fresh with the orange painted block, heads, and intake providing the perfect contrast to the black bay. We note power brakes have been installed along with power steering to make the drive that much easier.

No patina, no rust and very few flaws for the bottom side of this show winner. A strong black frame provides the backbone for the Seafoam Green painted floors and rockers. More black is covering the suspension which has an independent coil springs for the front and leaf springs for the rear, and we note power drum brakes on all 4 corners. A like new dual exhaust system with stock style mufflers is on for spent fossil removal. Just a flawlessly executed restoration down below.

A quick starter, and good driver with all functions working. Smooth acceleration and the transmission shifted nicely. A real trip back in time with a good overall ride and all functions operating as they should.

A great opportunity to own a truly stunning 50's classic. Restored in 2013 and its very clean 10 years later that no expense was spared and no stone was left unturned. A multi-time show winner that has also been awarded it's Jr and Sr, there's nothing left for you to do but write the check and turn the key...after the check clears of course.


B-239ci Flathead V8 110hp
A-Atlanta, GA Assy Plant
V-Tudor Victoria
163604-Sequential Unit Number


BODY 60B-Crestline Tudor Victoria
COLOR YA-Seafoam Green & Raven Black
TRIM K-Green Vinyl
PRODUCTION CODE 15K822B-October 15th

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 850 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 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

  • 1953 Ford Crestline Victoria
  • Listing ID: CC-1700521
  • Price: $35,900
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1953
  • Make:Ford
  • Model:Crestline Victoria
  • Exterior Color:Seafoam Green
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:996
  • Stock Number:5008
  • VIN:B3AV163604
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Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Rd.
Morgantown, PA 19543

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