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Pick of the Day: 1939 Ford Convertible

Hot rod with Lambo paint


Italian exotics and pre-war domestics are about as far apart as two genres of vehicles can get in the collector-car spectrum. But this car is tangible proof that Lamborghini and Ford can mix.

The Pick of the Day is a 1939 Ford Convertible listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Arlington, Tennessee. (Click the link to view the listing)

“This 1939 Ford convertible grabs your attention with the Lamborghini metallic orange paint,” the listing begins. “This Ford has the best of new and old: Henry Ford steel body with updated powertrain.”

The mixture of old and new extends to much more than just the body and its two-tone paint: The look includes a black cloth convertible top, rear-hinged doors, shaved door handles, and staggered (17-inch front, 18-inch rear) Boyd Coddington polished aluminum wheels. Brightwork surrounding the exterior is minimal, consisting of a billet-style grille and teardrop-shaped headlight bezels. The sideview mirrors have been color-matched, and the slim taillights give a sleek finishing touch to the rear end.

A unique tri-tone color scheme continues to the cabin where seating is provided by orange and tan bucket seats. Consistent with an “old meets new” overall theme, the amenities have been brought into the modern era courtesy of Vintage Air climate control, a tilt steering wheel, leather door panels, a Sony CD system, seat belts, VDO-branded full gauges, and power windows.

Of course, a hot rod that looks this sleek needs a powertrain to match. Torque comes from a Chevrolet Corvette-derived fuel-injected LT1 V8 mated to a four-speed automatic transmission and a Positraction rear end. The seller says that 15,677 miles have been added since completion of the build.

A performance-built drivetrain should also go hand-in-hand with a well-tuned suspension, so the build addresses that as well. This convertible is confident in the corners thanks to the installation of tubular control arms, a coilover suspension, power steering, and power brakes.

You would be hard pressed to find a Ford convertible anywhere like this on the street or the show circuit. Between the Lamborghini paint, the Corvette powertrain, and the modern interior upgrades, it blends the best of all those elements into one stunning ride.

“Runs and looks great,” the seller concludes. “Comes with two convertible top boots: one black, one beige.”

The asking price is $53,000 or best offer for this one-of-one convertible.

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

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine, KSLCars.com, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.


  1. Sorry but the color mashup is all wrong, Lambo paint or not, and Seamus8491 is right, this needs a Tremec 6-spd or similar. No left pedal-no sale.

  2. Sorry, but I bristle when a car is listed as a 1939 anything, and there is absolutely nothing on it from 1939. A car like this should be listed as a “custom,” “highly modified” or “inspired by.” Just don’t present it as a 1939 Ford when it clearly is not.


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