1948 Ford resto-rod convertible

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The Ford convertible looks like what might have been seen at a '50s drive-in
The Ford convertible looks like what might have been seen at a ’50s drive-in

This is the kind of old-school street rod that appeals to me: a nicely restored classic that’s lowered though not slammed so much that you can’t get in your driveway, wheels that are appropriate and not too flashy, and completely usable since it’s powered by the ubiquitous 350 cid Chevy V8 with automatic.

The Pick of the Day is a 1948 Ford convertible advertised on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Cleburne, Texas, who described it as “fully restored.” The information with the ad is pretty skimpy although the photos tell the tale. I believe the model would be a Super Deluxe.

The top looks to be in good condition
The top looks to be in good condition

The handsome car is black with lots of shiny stock trim, and the top and updated interior are tan. The car rolls on red steel wheels with chrome rings and “poverty” hubcaps. Overall, a great look that I favor.

The resto rod looks like a vintage build though most likely it was done not too long ago to emulate the typical style of ’50s customs. The ad lists some of the aftermarket parts that went into the Ford to give it the right look, stance and drivability, which the seller calls, “All the good stuff!”

The ’48 Ford was the last of the automaker’s pre-war holdover designs before it ramped up its style for ’49 with the classic “shoebox” sedans. As such, it still has tremendous appeal to collectors who enjoy the older look.

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The asking price is $35,000 or best offer for a cool top-down resto-rod cruiser that you could drive anywhere.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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