The 1949 Ford was a landmark design for American automakers, credited with starting the postwar modern-styling revolution with integrated fenders and a boldly accented grille.
The Pick of the Day is a handsome-looking 1949 Ford Custom convertible that appears to have been authentically restored and is ready to be enjoyed. The 1949-51 models, known as “shoebox” Fords, were highly desired by street rod customizers, and finding a convertible in such original fettle is rare.
“If you’re a fan of the cars that got Detroit humming after WWII, then you already know this convertible,” says the Concord, North Carolina, dealer advertising the Ford on ClassicCars.com. “The 1949 Ford Custom launched the great style revolution that brought a new era of sleekness to car design.
“So to find a turn-key ready drop-top that represents this era so well is a true gem.”
Outside, inside and underneath, this Ford looks very clean, straight and original in the gallery of photos with this ad.
“The period-correct presentation continues under the hood, where the 239-cubic-inch flathead V8 is showcased in glowing bronze,” the ad says. “The engine bay is nicely detailed with the correct oil-bath air cleaner, and the Ford-branded radiator hoses are so crisp, they look like they are diving into the motor.
“But more than just looking good, the flathead is a great engine for enjoying classic motoring. The engine fires up readily and has a smooth/quiet operation.”
The dealer notes that the Ford could use a few upgrades, such as adding the correct AM radio and getting the heater working, but overall, this convertible is well-presented in its attractive color of pastel blue/green with shiny chrome, wide whitewalls and a tan top that appears to be in good condition.
“The overall attraction here is all about how it already looks clean and authentic, right down to the Custom line’s chrome ring steering wheel,” the seller notes. “The trunk looks great, too, with its correctly colored spare wheel on a full-size bias-ply whitewall.”
The tan-and-brown interior looks fresh, and the seller says, “the interior lets everyone know it’s a complete classic as it nicely intertwines the two colors on the seats and side panels.”
The seller, who adds that the Ford comes with “complete build receipts,” is asking $26,995, which seems like a reasonable price for such a nice veteran convertible.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.