NEW PRICE! Nice restoration of a clean Virginia car. 239 cubic inch V8, 3-speed manual with overdrive, nice interior, upgraded radiator, electric fuel pump and auxiliary fan. Ready to drive and enjoy with no hassles!
We’re not going to tell you this is a perfect car but someone has lavished a lot of time and money on it. The crisp Glacier Blue and Showshoe White paint make it look sharply tailored and the combination is a traditional ‘50s look without being too far out there. The club coupe is a somewhat unusual body style that’s visually similar to the 2-door sedan, but the shorter quarter window makes it easy to spot and gives this car a very well-proportioned look. Paint and bodywork were well done to a good standard, not intended for the show field but for the road and casual shows where it’ll always be welcome. We see no evidence of accident damage or significant rust issues in its past, and the panel fit is quite good all around, suggesting someone invested the time to get it right. There’s plenty of chrome and stainless trim on this top-of-the-line Ford, all of which is in very good to excellent condition, including the bumpers, grille, and those beautiful chrome-ringed taillights that were the beginning of Ford’s fascination with jet-exhaust styling. It’s really a handsome little car!
The interior is finished with handsome blue and white upholstery that replicates the original patterns and continues the exterior theme. New carpets and custom door panels were installed at the same time, while the headliner appears to be original and in fair condition with a small seam split above the driver’s door. The big steering wheel frames an arched instrument panel that incorporates all the gauges, and they’re joined by twin temperature gauges installed under the dash (one for each bank of cylinders). The little knob marked “OVERDRIVE” is important, as it gives this Ford comfortably long legs for highway cruising at 65 MPH, but with 3.90 gears in back, it remains punchy and energetic around town—the best of both worlds! The toggle switch to the left of the steering column is for an auxiliary electric fuel pump, while the switch on the right controls an electric fan on the front of the radiator, which is helpful for hot days and heavy traffic. Sadly, neither the original radio nor clock are operational. The trunk shows off solid sheetmetal, along with a full-sized spare tire, and a reproduction mat would make it ready to show.
The engine is a great-running 239 cubic inch V8 that was rated at 110 horsepower by the factory—not too bad and it does make the car feel lively on the road. It’s neatly detailed with Ford Red paint on the engine itself, a correct oil bath air cleaner up top, and even Ford script hoses for the radiator. That radiator is an aftermarket aluminum unit that does a great job of helping the flathead keep its cool, assisted by both an engine-driven flex fan and the aforementioned electric unit. Correct decals and hardware were used throughout and it still runs a 6-volt electrical system with generator, so everything works like it should with no wonky electrical gremlins. It starts easily, idles almost silent, and pulls the lightweight coupe around with vigor, all while making those lovely flathead V8 sounds from the twin tailpipes out back. It doesn’t ask for anything but gas and oil, and in return it’ll give you more fun than almost anything else in its price range.
The 3-speed manual transmission shifts nicely and the overdrive’s operation is seamless—we’ve found that around town, leaving it in 2nd gear and using the overdrive makes a great combination and it’s unbeatable for cruising on the highway. The dual exhaust system burbles along pleasantly but never drones and the 4-wheel hydraulic drum brakes are powerful enough to be reassuring. There are two patches in the floors in the rear footwells, which is a common area for water to collect on any old car, and the work is well done so you don’t have to worry about issues in the future. Tube shocks help improve ride quality and the frame is straight with no evidence of accident damage or exposure to inclement weather. 15-inch steel wheels wear no-nonsense hubcaps and a fresh set of 205/75/15 whitewall radials, and you could really dress it up with a simple, inexpensive set of trim rings.
An accessory set of fender skirts is included.
This is one of those cars that grows on you. It doesn’t hit you right away, but the more you look, the more you like it. Get in and start having fun!
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