The Charlie Thomas Collection | Lot 104
1939 Ford DeLuxe Fordor Sedan
$25,300 USD | Sold
| Grapevine, Texas
20 October 2012
Model 91A. 85 hp, 221 cu. in. L-head V-8 engine with a two-barrel carburetor, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with transverse leaf spring, semi-floating rear axle with transverse leaf spring, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 112 in.
By 1939, Ford realized it was no longer sufficient to tout mechanical brakes with the slogan “the safety of steel from toe to wheel”; the market had long since learned the superiority in both operation and longevity of hydraulic brake actuation. Ford finally made the move, incorporating Lockheed hydraulic brakes across the company’s automotive product line. This car’s superior restoration is evidenced by the smoothed and painted frame. Few areas belie the true age of the work, particularly the rubber running boards and the engine compartment, which has some light soiling. The body and paint remain presentable, with quality panel fit and door actuation. The interior has a fantastic wood grained dash, fresh-looking instrumentation, and cloth upholstery. Pleasing features include Ford amber fog lights, and a dual exhaust, clock, banjo wheel, and spotlight. Light attention will make this gem sparkle once again.