The Dingman Collection | Lot 936

1939 Ford V-8 DeLuxe Convertible Coupe



$89,600 USD | Sold

United States | Hampton, New Hampshire

24 June 2018

Chassis No.
  • Offered from a private collection
  • Beautifully preserved restoration in elegant colors
  • Wonderful, authentic appearance, with numerous correct options
  • Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Grand National prizewinner

The 1939 Fords had 24-stud cylinder heads and long-awaited hydraulic brakes, as well as several important design evolutions. The headlights migrated to the peaks of the front fenders, still under Ford’s handsome teardrop aerodynamic glass covers, inspired by the upmarket stablemate Lincoln-Zephyr. Further, the hood thrust forward with a low vee-shaped grille with vertical bars that suggested the bow of a fast boat cutting through waves. The wider and lower grille aided engine cooling and gave the designers the latitude to eliminate the hood side vents.

The handsome DeLuxe convertible coupe offered here was the recipient of a beautiful, high-quality restoration in the elegant year-correct color of Folkstone Gray, with a complementary rich brown leather interior and black soft top, piped in red. Attention to detail is evident throughout, including a delightful wood-grained dashboard with glistening depth, fitted with the optional banjo steering wheel, glove box door clock, and radio speaker, with a hot air heater beneath. Fit and finish under the hood is authentic and correct, including Ford script radiator hoses and proper running board covers. Outside are rear fender skirts, shrouding the rear pair of full chrome wheel covers, while amber-lens spotlights and grille guards lead the way. The car is an Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Senior First Prize and Grand National award winner, as recognized by its bumper medallions, with the latter awarded in 2008.

Nineteen thirty-nine Fords are among the most popular with collectors, and this superbly restored example, among the finest convertible coupes available, goes a long way to explain why.

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