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Cool restomod ’39 Ford droptop


Restomods come in every possible flavor. The concept is sort of like having-your-cake-and-eating-it-too, whereas you can drive a vintage car with all the comfort, drivability and reliability of a modern vehicle.

The purists might howl with righteous indignation, but it’s hard to dispute the beauty and appeal of the Pick of the Day, a 1939 Ford Deluxe four-door convertible, offered for sale in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

Red wheels and whtiewall tires set off the lovely styling

“This fantastic cruiser provides the best combination of classic styling and modern performance,” according to the dealer advertising the Ford on ClassicCars.com. “The drivetrain is freshly built and installed only 1,156 miles ago.

“It features a GM 327ci V8 that has been completely rebuilt. The transmission is a Turbo Hydramatic 350 rebuilt with TCI components. The front suspension is Mustang II with power disc brakes. The AFCO Aluminum radiator with electric fan keeps everything cool.”

The Ford is gorgeously presented in glossy black paint with red steel wheels and polished stainless-steel hub caps. The convertible looks fairly stock aside from its lowered stance.

The 4-door convertible is a rarely seen model

“The body is as solid as can be with no signs of rust or repair,” the seller notes. “The floors are equally nice and well-presented. While the paint was done more than 10 years ago and has some minor signs of age, it looks great and has the same authentic mellow aging as the brightwork. The top is very high-quality Haartz Cloth and has a glass rear window.”

The car is equipped with power steering and brakes, heat and air conditioning, the ad says, and the interior retains a retro feel with an Auto Meter gauges cluster and banjo-style steering wheel, while the brown-leather seats also provide a vintage aura. The seller advises that the convertible top needs some adjustment to seal properly with the windshield header.

The interior retains a retro charm

“Operationally, this car is amazing; it runs and drives like a modern car,” the dealer adds. “The engine has a mellow exhaust note and tons of torque. The transmission shifts precisely and feels seamless. The suspension has just the right combination of a comfortable ride and great handling. The brakes are responsive and positive.

“In all, this is an extremely well-executed combination of new and old that gives the driver and passengers a uniquely fun motoring experience.”

The asking price for this attractive custom is $38,500, and as they say, you could not come close to building it for that price.

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


Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
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.


  1. Wow! from a Vietnam Combat Disabled Veteran ( Helicopter Assault Crew Chief ) who`s memory hasn`t faded about the mechanic around the corner who owned a hard top. I was about 7 or 8 and would go look @ it almost daily in White Plains,N Y

  2. Sir
    A very sweet car. More info please. Are you aware that this is the car Lumpy drove on Leave it to Beaver. Check out some episodes and you will see what I mean,
    Rich Gaddis

    • Very nice car, but I get so tired of hearing how old cars weren’t reliable . Hog wash ! They are and were just as reliable or more so than the new one’s . I have a 62 corvette 300 hp 327 4spd all stock & original unrestored original paint, interior, and both tops survivor . I bought it 14 1/2 years ago from the second owner who bought it in 64 when it was only two years old. He was 20 when he bought and 60 when he sold it to me ! He kept it 40 years ! Motor vehicle even let me keep the original 1964 title to prove it ! I am the third owner. It had 102k mile on it when I bought it. I brought it home tuned it up. I replaced the plugs, wires, points, cap, and rotor. Then set the timing & adjusted the carb. That was 14 years ago ! I have since put another 27 thousand miles on it in the last 14 years with out even touching it ! I have driven it from Colorado to Oklahoma and back 5 times in those 14 years and it has never let me down ! When I bought it 14 years ago it had a gates optima batt in it . I don’t know how long that batt was in there before I bought it . But it is still in there today ! It starts every time in the last 14 1/2 years even after it sits in the garage for 4 or 5 month in the winter ! And no I do not put a battery tender on it or nothing ! It still has the same generator on it and no the garage is not heated ! I have never charged it or touched it . I go out and it fire’s right up every time and I take off where ever I want to go ! It still has the same fan belt and hoses on it when I bought it too ! They looked old then and still are so I don’t know how old they were then but there still on there with no problems ! This is a very reliable and dependable untouched car I’ve never changed the coolant either ! I know that batt is gonna leave me some day but I just got to see how long it will go ! The car still runs strong and will still leave two nice strips of rubber when I dump the clutch and romp on it and chirp the tires when I grab second and third gear ! Even the original wonder bar radio still comes on after it warms up playing local am oldies station ! I’m starting to think maybe its another Christine !

  3. Gee, a real, true classic for $38,500? When you could get a butt ugly , 6 ton , smogged out old ’75 Chevy Caprice you just posted for $50,000? Gee, what a no-brainer choice !

  4. But… But… But… It coulda had a 289/302/351 & C4/or toploader… Would it be THAT HARD to keep Fords as Fords?
    This from a guy who drives/loves his LS1/Tremec 6spd Australian built ’04 GTO.
    Hey, at least it’s all GM!
    Still, a gorgeous ride, and for a "use over proper" owner, will no doubt provide endless pleasure.
    Fargo ND


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