NEW PRICE! Beautiful restoration with a few vintage performance upgrades. Stunning black paint, new interior and top, 59AB flathead with three deuces and Offenhauser heads, dual exhaust. Runs and drives beautifully!
Basic black was always Henry Ford’s favorite, and we suspect that the no-nonsense look of this striking convertible would suit him just fine. At a glance, it appears to be totally stock, and it is except for the stance—it’s lowered slightly and has a bit of a rake to it. The restoration is perhaps 8 or 10 years old, but it has been out of circulation for the last few years, so there aren’t many miles on it at all. The glossy black finish shines up beautifully and it’s obvious that they started with quality base stock because we can detect no patches, bondo work, or other questionable issues under the skin. The only real demerits are some minor scratches around the rear wheel openings because this car came to us wearing fender skirts—we didn’t like them so we removed them, although they are included with the sale if you’d like to reinstall them. But beyond those minor issues, the car is quite spiffy.
The tan leatherette interior is likewise quite authentically done, right down to the rubber floor mat in front and carpets in back. The upholstery is very recent and shows almost no signs of use, and all of the soft parts were replaced, including the door panels. The woodgrained dash is quite well done and all the factory ivory knobs are in place and they all work properly. Factory gauges monitor the warmed-over flathead, and even with a 12-volt electrical system, they all work including the ammeter. There’s an auxiliary Stewart Warner oil pressure gauge under the dash that’s probably a bit more accurate than the original, and we like the vintage look. Obviously with a 12-volt electrical system, the radio and clock are offline, but that’s not unusual. Overhead there’s a brand new tan canvas top that’s just beautifully fitted—no wrinkles or creases, and it powers up and down properly (and quickly!). The trunk is also restored with a black rubber mat and a correct full-sized spare on a matching black steel wheel.
The flathead V8 under the pointed hood is a later 59AB unit with 239 cubic inches and a few period upgrades, most notably the aluminum Offenhauser heads and the triple carburetors up top. We’ll tell you up front that the car is currently running on only the center carburetor—it runs so beautifully that we are hesitant to change anything. You could get the others working with a fuel block and a linkage, both of which are commonly available, and it would surely add some punch. We love that it uses a 12-volt generator for an authentic look, as well as OEM hose clamps and Ford script hoses. Only the bright yellow plug wires really betray the period in which it was built, and a set of correct Ford multi-colored cloth wires would be the perfect finishing touch to this engine bay. The ignition system itself uses a later aftermarket “crab” distributor and an upgraded coil, and with 12-volts spinning the starter, it fires almost instantly. Out on the road it feels very much like any pre-war flathead, with decent power, smooth acceleration, and a great exhaust note from the dual exhaust system. Nothing radical or special, just a cool look that you could take up a notch pretty easily if you wanted.
Underneath, the chassis is exceptionally clean. Aside from some water marks that are far more visible in the camera flash than in person, it is almost completely unmarked. Beautiful floors are finished in the same gloss black as the bodywork and there’s zero evidence of rust. Yes, it has been driven, but there’s no question this was a quality restoration. The 3-speed manual transmission and 3.55 gears are stock 1941 pieces, and it’s happy to burble along at 55 MPH without any complaints. It still runs the original axles and springs, so it has that frisky Ford handling and the stock 1941 Ford brakes are hydraulic, so they’re reasonably powerful for the car’s performance. Glasspack-style mufflers give it just the right sound and it sits on restored steel wheels with trim rings and hubcaps, as well as a set of modern radials that ride and handle great.
Maybe it’s the sinister look or the period performance parts, but this is one of those rare cars that will probably be welcome anywhere—purists and hot rodders alike can appreciate many aspects of the car. It drives great, it’s bulletproof reliable, and you can easily take it up a notch or two with just some light elbow grease. But if this were mine to keep, I’d leave it alone and just go have fun. That’s what flatheads do best. Call today!
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