- Formerly of the John Ridings Lee Collection
- Modern performance with “stock” good looks
- Subtle, powerful, and a lot of fun
340 bhp, 327 cu in. Chevrolet OHV V-8 with a single four-barrel carburetor, Ford three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with a transverse leaf spring, ¾-floating rear axle with a transverse leaf spring, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 112 in.
The 1939 Ford is considered by many to be one of the most stylish Fords of all time. Its good looks are owed to designer Eugene T. “Bob” Gregorie, who is most famous for penning the original Lincoln-Zephyr, and the keen aesthetic sense of Edsel Ford. Teardrop headlights, a vertical bar grille, and body-side trim strips are details that add to the car’s great looks.
Not surprisingly, the 1939 Ford has become a great favorite for modern hot rodders and customizers. The car offered here, as one would expect from an automobile from the Andrews Collection, is a bit different than most customs; in that, at least from the outside, it appears completely stock. Underneath, however, features very modern performance, which is found in the form of a 340-horsepower, 327-cubic inch 1965 Corvette V-8 engine and the original 1939 Ford three-speed manual transmission, which has been adapted to fit.
The Suede Green Pearl Metallic finish appears totally correct to the era, while the 15-inch Ford wheels have actually been cut down from standard 16-inch rims and are wrapped in wide whitewall tires with special hubcaps and trim rings. Further detail extends to its 1955 Thunderbird-style interior, which is upholstered in brown leather by Vaughn’s Upholstery and is surrounded by complementary metallic chestnut trim and hardware. Even the chrome throughout is of an excellent, high quality.
The “build” of this DeLuxe Tudor is second to none, and indeed, the car spent several years in the prominent Texas collection of John Ridings Lee, alongside coachbuilt Bugattis and Alfa Romeos. It is a car true to the Andrews Collection’s proudly Western roots, and it is an automobile that will look right at home cruising along local two-lane highways or heading downtown for the local cruise night during the summer months.