Dearborn Award winner. Low production in great colors. Loaded
with options and accessories, including overdrive, heater, and
working AM radio. Beautifully restored, drives like a new car!
This beautiful 1950 Ford Crestliner is a multiple Dearborn Award winner with Emeritus status and comes from a spectacular collection of extremely well-restored post-war Fords that not only look great, but actually run and drive like new. We have extensive restoration photos showing the body being taken down to bare metal and being restored from there, and the results speak for themselves. Although the restoration is now a few years old, this car could still roll onto just about any show field and collect awards with little more than a wipe-down. 1950 Crestliners were available in two bespoke color combinations, Sportsman Green and Coronation Red, as seen here, and both came with black sweep panels. You’ll also note that this Crestliner is fully dressed with lots of chrome and a number of accessories, including the unusual bumper and grille guards up front, a spotlight, fog lamps, dual back-up lights, window visors, and a dealer-installed continental kit. Fender skirts were standard on the Crestliner, as was the dramatic bead of chrome around the side panels. The black padded roof is in new condition and gives the car a very sporting look.
The interior is wonderfully finished with red striped fabric on the seats surrounded by black vinyl and carpets, echoing the exterior color combination. The look is very upscale and surprisingly ornate—note the beautiful little crests on the window garnish moldings emulating a boat at speed. The lovely four spoke steering wheel was unique to the Crestliner and offers a matching horn ring with a stylized ‘F’ in its center and framing the familiar Ford single pod instrument panel. Other controls are grouped logically along the lower edge of the gray dashboard, and there a clock in the center which ticks away reliably today. In fact, everything works on this car, including the AM radio, the spotlight, and the overdrive, which transforms this into a wonderful highway cruiser that’s at home in today’s traffic. The trunk is correctly outfitted with a black rubber mat, as original, along with a matching spare tire and jack assembly.
Ford’s 239 cubic inch flathead V8 needs no introduction. Smooth, torquey, and a lot of fun to drive, it shouldn’t be a surprise that it was a mainstay on American highways for two decades. During the restoration, it was removed, resealed, and detailed before going back in, and today it runs like new. It starts quickly with only a little choke when it’s ice cold, and idles smoothly without any additional help from the driver. Get in, turn the key, and go. That’s the sign of proper tuning, complements of noted flathead expert Tony Gullatta, and aside from the manifolds and dual exhaust system, it’s still quite stock. It’s wearing correct Ford Copper paint on the block and air cleaner, the accessories have all been rebuilt, and obviously, as a Dearborn winner, all the fasteners and hardware are correct. There’s even a proper Ford script battery.
The body has never been off the frame, and the undercoating on the chassis was applied by the dealer back in 1951. No worries, because the floors are incredibly sound, the rockers are solid, and all the body mounts are in excellent shape, giving the car a solid feeling that many frame-off cars can’t match. The three speed manual transmission features factory overdrive, which provides effortless 65 MPH cruising and the system is easy to use. Standard mufflers give it a mellow V8 burble that’s entirely appropriate for the sporty Crestliner, and both pipes end in polished tips under the rear bumper. The rear springs were re-arched so the car sits right, even with the continental kit on the back, and correct BFGoodrich Silvertown wide whites on factory wheels and hubcaps really make it sparkle.
This car is nicely documented with restoration photos, awards, and manuals, including owner’s manual, Quick Facts booklet, and a neat owner’s portfolio.
This is a fantastic car, regardless of whether you want to show or tour. Crestliners are some of the most highly-sought of the early 1950s Fords and they remain quite rare today. Fully sorted, this is the rare award-winner that’s also ready, willing, and able to go cross-country at a moment’s notice. Call now!
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