Looking fine at 80, 1939 Ford Deluxe convertible in stock trim

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The Ford convertible gleams in shiny raven Black paint

“This old girl looks damn fine for being 80 years old!”

So concludes the ad for the Pick of the Day, a 1939 Ford Deluxe convertible, offered by a Tempe, Arizona, dealer on ClassicCars.com.

The Ford does look elegant and gleaming in the gallery of photos with the ad, which the dealer said is the result of tender loving care over the long term, “from an amazing previous ownership who has owned this since 1992.”

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The top was replaced within the past few years

“He has lovingly cared for this beauty for nearly 30 years and can no longer enjoy driving it so has brought it to us to find a loving new home,” according to the ad.

“This Deluxe is finished in stunning Raven Black over Tan leather and has just been detailed to a deep shine. The paint is 30+ years old and does show some small cracks and crow’s feet in a few spots, but we just completed a 20-hour color correction and detail on the car, so she is looking the best she has in over 2 decades.”

The convertible is powered by its original flathead-V8 engine, which the dealer said is in excellent condition after a comprehensive rebuilt.

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The Ford has its original, rebuilt flathead V8

“The engine was rebuilt a few years back by a master aircraft engineer who had a love of old Ford flatheads, and this was one of his last masterpieces before he recently passed,” the ad says. “The current owner estimates only maybe 500 break-in miles since rebuild. The car starts right up and runs so quiet it’s hard to tell it’s running.”

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The top was replaced a few years ago, the seller adds, and the leather interior looks to be in very good condition.

“The Art Deco styling and Bakelite knobs and dials are all in outstanding shape,’ the seller notes. “The dash and door panels look like new. Amazing how well it has been kept as well as restored where needed.”

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The Art Deco dashboard is complemented by tan-leather trim

The 1939 Ford was beautifully styled and stands as a classic statement from the prewar era.  While many of these are customized into street rods and show cars, this one has been kept in lovely stock condition, still looking fine, as the seller notes, after eight decades.

The Deluxe convertible is priced at $59,900.

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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