Lot Number
386
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1939 Ford V-8 DeLuxe Convertible Sedan

Sold For $31,900

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Auctions - HERSHEY 10 - 11 OCTOBER 2019


Chassis No.
18-4888087
  • Final year for the convertible sedan; just 3,561 built for 1939
  • Considered by many to be the most stylish Ford of all time
  • Restored in 2006, including new top, interior, and rebuilt engine

Big news for Ford in 1939 was, of course, the introduction of the new medium-priced Mercury line. With the addition of four Mercury models, the company boasted a lineup that catered to almost every need—Ford, DeLuxe Ford, Mercury, Lincoln-Zephyr, and Lincoln. The distinction between Ford and DeLuxe Ford might seem insignificant, but in 1939, the $100 price difference was a substantial sum for additional brightwork and wheel trim rings that set apart the DeLuxe models from the Standard series.

Considered by many to be one of the most stylish Fords of all time, the 1939 Ford owed its good looks to designer Eugene T. “Bob” Gregorie and the keen aesthetic sense of Edsel Ford. Teardrop headlights, a vertical-bar grille, and bodyside trim strips added to the car’s great looks. Powered by the ubiquitous 85 hp flathead Ford V-8, the car later became a favorite of hot rodders. A new hood design incorporated the side panels into one unit, making servicing easier. Most important, all Ford products adopted Lockheed-designed hydraulic brakes.

Using a carryover design, the convertible sedan, Type 74, was built by Murray and was available for the final time. Drawing just 3,561 orders, this was Ford’s most expensive car at $920 and the only model with a base price over $900. Finished in Washington Blue, this sharp example was restored in 2006. A new beige canvas convertible top was installed, as well as a new LeBaron Bonney interior, and the engine was rebuilt. While in the possession of the current consigner, it has been used very little and stored in a climate-controlled facility.


Addendum

Please note that the photos for lots 386 and 387 were swapped in the printed catalogue and guide.


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