1949 Ford Custom Convertible
Vehicle Identification Number: 98BA765425
Complete Example of the "Shoebox Ford"
Flathead V-8 engine believed to be original
Working Hydraulic Convertible Top
3 Speed Transmission with Working Overdrive
The 1949 Ford was the first new automobile design introduced by Ford, Chrysler or GM after World War II. To support the war effort, civilian production of automobiles were suspended during the war, and the 1946-1948 models from Ford, GM, and Chrysler were updates of their pre-war models. The 1949 Ford is credited both with saving Ford and ushering in modern streamlined car design with changes such as integrated fenders and more. The 1949-1951 Ford is affectionately referred to as the Shoebox Ford and features a slab sided design. The Custom model was adorned with chrome accents that separated the car from the Standard line.
The example presented at auction is an all original, un-restored Shoebox Ford Convertible. The Flathead V-8 starts easily and runs smooth and includes a new fuel pump and rebuilt carburetor. Under single ownership for over 30 years, this car has been inside and the running condition maintained. The hydraulic system for the convertible top works and all components to the car are present. The tires are new, and the car drives like a 49 Ford should drive.
The interior appears original and the body is in it's un-restored original condition. While some rust is present in the rockers panels and elsewhere, this car is an excellent candidate for a complete restoration. These "first generation" post-war cars remain popular, with convertibles being highly sought after.