The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 38
1939 Ford Custom Coupe

Selling on Friday

1939 Ford Custom Coupe

CHASSIS NO: 184867505

• Surefire crowd magnet
• Mildly customized body
• Modern powertrain
• Ready to show, cruise and enjoy

Small-block Chevrolet V-8 engine, single four-barrel carburetor, automatic transmission, solid front and live rear axles, four-wheel hydraulic brakes; wheelbase: 112

As the painful Great Depression years of the 1930s drew to a close, Ford Motor Company offered its best cars ever, yet sales still lagged behind those of archrival Chevrolet. That is, until Ford endowed its vehicles with modern features that automobile buyers had come to expect, including the safety of hydraulic brakes and sealed-beam headlights. Thanks to company president Edsel Ford Henrys talented son, Ford produced some of the best-looking cars for much of the 1930s, especially those he styled in collaboration with E.T. Bob Gregorie, a young former yacht designer.

While the 1937-38 Ford models were not among the most celebrated designs of the 1930s, Gregorie performed a masterful restyling job for 1939 by restyling and extending the hood with a pointed look reminiscent of the bow of a yacht, as well as a beautiful V-shaped, low-mounted radiator grille inspired by the Lincoln-Zephyr. Sales were strong, with the new-for-1939 Ford models available in Standard and DeLuxe lines, the latter better-trimmed and featuring fully-recessed headlamps within each front fender.

Intended for businessmen and traveling salesmen, Fords two-door, three-passenger coupe offered a usefully large cargo capacity and was a very strong seller, with more than 71,000 finding buyers for 1939. Given their sleek, wind-cheating body design and sporting looks, it was only natural that these Ford models would soon gain the favor of customizers, hot rodders and racers, especially following the return to peacetime a few years later.

Finished in gray primer with stock brightwork and period-style pinstripe accents, this nicely customized 1939 Ford Coupe is a prime case in point, with its iconic body left essentially stock and unaltered with the exception of added rear-fender skirts and frenched taillights. Power is provided by a healthy small-block Chevy V-8 engine replete with billet and polished goodies, breathing through a four-barrel carburetor, aluminum intake manifold and tubular headers feeding a dual-exhaust system. The interior is trimmed in red and white two-tone upholstery, with the dash finished in matching red. A three-spoke sports steering wheel, tilt/telescopic steering column, floor shifter and classically-styled Dolphin gauges round out the interior. The fully lined and upholstered trunk compartment is finished to match the interior. Riding on a set of steel wheels mounting period style whitewall tires and Moon full wheel discs, this 1939 Ford Custom is ready to show and enjoy, with all the hard work already done.

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