239 cubic inch flathead V8
3-speed manual transmission
Columbia Skyway Drive 2-speed axle
Burgundy leather interior that's equipped with heat
PPG Vermillion Red lacquer paint
Sale includes service receipts, a color-keyed convertible cowl and a pair of fender skirts
When Ford returned to civilian production after World War II, they applied the same logic as most American automakers: grab a proven pre-war model and give it a substantial facelift. Fortunately, most of the brand's pre-war offerings had been genuinely good cars, and a bit of new content was more than enough to satisfy over four years of pent-up demand. In the 71 years since their introduction, both the collector car market and the aftermarket parts industry have been really good to post-war Fords, creating a broad niche for classics like this 1948 Super Deluxe convertible. The beneficiary of an extensive ground-up restoration, this premium blue oval combines inspired looks with a correct drivetrain and miles of vintage swagger to create one of the most traditionally refined offerings in our vast showroom. If you're looking for a great throwback to cruise long summer nights, here's the perfect pick!
Solid and straight, this drop-top's lust-inducing body reflects picturesque PPG Vermillion Red lacquer that creates a rich and classy demeanor. From its glossy shine to its chip-free rocker panels, that paint's clean finish is nice enough to be the star at any local cruise night, and certainly nicer than the car's original, factory-applied pigment. Naturally, a star of that caliber requires top notch panel fit, and it appears the folks who bolted this Ford together spent a lot of time making sure its classy profile maintained excellent cohesion. That bright fuselage contrasts well against tinted glass and a fresh power top, which, like the car's dual mirrors, beefed up bumpers and authentic Ford driving lamps, is most certainly optional equipment. And overall, this Ford is a stunning tribute to the Golden Era of American motoring.
If Henry Ford perfected one aspect of his automobiles, it was the Ford V8. Introduced in 1932 as a durable, torque-rich competitor to more expensive and labor-intensive 8-cylinders, the flathead has established an unmatched reputation as the go-to mill for vintage and kustom car enthusiasts. And, in keeping with tradition, this stellar classic is powered by 239 cubic inches of 'flatty' V8. Spinning smooth compression into roughly 100 horsepower, the throaty engine growls with the help of a roster of vintage parts. Air enters through a painted a decaled oil bath and, juiced by a small Ford carburetor, exits through correct, cast iron exhaust manifolds. Pliable Ford belts turn a traditional generator while a beefy radiator cycles water through big Ford hoses and tight screw clamps. Aesthetically, the block, which perches a correctly-decaled oil canister on 24-stud heads, has been painted a familiar blue hue. And overall, the car's super smooth engine bay is a charming and 100% functional step back into a much simpler, and some would say better, period of American automotive history.
Take a look under this roaring rag-top and you'll see just how much the automotive world has changed when it comes to ride, handling and structural integrity. The car's body-matched floors make a suitable backdrop for a Satin Black frame and factory-accurate suspension. A 3-speed manual transmission sends power to a 2-speed Columbia Skyway Drive rear end. In front of those components, a beam axle and transverse leaf spring remain just as they looked back in 1948. And the same holds true behind those components, where a second leaf and the aforementioned pumpkin add integrity and grip. Stops are provided by 4-wheel drum brakes. Factory-spec plumbing suspends a large muffler in front of a polished, color-keyed and "Ford V8" brand exhaust tip. And everything rides on body-matched wheels, which spin 6.00-16 Firestone Deluxe Champion whitewalls around stylized trim rings and "FORD" branded hub caps.
Open the car's doors and you'll find a simple but stylish interior. The good looks start with factory-style side panels that combine wood-themed toppers with small armrests and correct chrome hardware. Step in to the cockpit and find your footing on correct pedals, which are framed by a combination of low-maintenance mats and stain-free carpet. Your current seating position is provided by a Burgundy leather bench that, like its aft counterpart, is wide enough for about three people. In front of you, a factory steel dash anchors rebuilt telemetry at the sides of optional heat and a vintage radio. Control is granted through a large, Ford-branded steering wheel, which spins a chrome horn ring around a correct shifter. And luggage gets stowed in a cavernous trunk that features a correct jack and full-size spare tire.
OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION AND ACCESSORIES
A few service receipts
A reproduction Operator's Manual
An Owner's Manual for the car's Columbia Skyway Drive axle
A color-keyed convertible cowl
A pair of fender skirts
With its strong flathead, upgraded driveline and airy cockpit, this Ford was born to cruise. What better way to take the whole family out in style? If you're looking for a cool classic that hits all the right notes, don't miss out on this sweet Super Deluxe!