The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 74
1949 Ford F-1 Custom Pickup

Selling on Friday

1949 Ford F-1 Custom Pickup

CHASSIS NO: 98RC436358

• Ford ‘Flathead” V-8, “Offy” heads, twin Strombergs, Fenton headers
• Cool vintage flavor with outstanding modern build quality
• Complete body-off restoration with tasteful wooden accents
• Displayed at the Petersen Automotive Museum

Ford ‘Flathead’ V-8 engine, Offenhauser aluminum heads, dual Stromberg ‘97’ two-barrel carburetors on Edelbrock intake manifold, Fenton headers, three-speed manual transmission, solid front and live rear axles, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 114”

Debuted for 1948 as Ford’s first new light-duty truck line for the brave new postwar world, the first-generation F-Series replaced the old car-based pickups that were introduced for 1941. Advertised as the “Ford Bonus-Built” line, the new F-Series featured a dedicated truck chassis and offered in eight different weight ratings, it was the broadest truck offering in Ford history, with ½-ton pickup, panel truck, cab-over engine (COE), conventional truck, and school-bus chassis and body styles available. Revised frontal styling featured a single-bar “toothy” grille – one that would immediately go on to become one of the most popular Ford truck design cues through the following decades.

Among the original F-Series’ advancements were flat, one-piece windshields, headlamps integrated with the grille, a wider cab, and options including a "See-Clear" windshield washer operated by a foot plunger, passenger-side windshield wiper and sun visor, and a passenger-side taillight. Twin horns and additional brightwork were further options. The inaugural F-Series trucks were produced through 1952. Aside from their good looks, a wide variety of Ford Motor Company engines powered this historic line of trucks, ranging from hardworking inline ‘sixes’ to Ford’s ‘Flathead’ V-8 and ‘Y-Block’ OHV V-8s, making them well-suited for virtually any purpose – a trait that keeps them in high demand today. These trucks also provide a perfect canvas for the customizer’s unique artistry.

This highly striking 1949 Ford F-1 pickup is the product of a complete and detailed body-off-frame restoration to stock specifications, followed by display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California. Since joining the Museum Collection, the “Flathead” V-8 engine received a power boost, with choice period speed parts including a pair of Offenhauser aluminum cylinder heads, Edelbrock intake manifold, dual Stromberg ‘97’ two-barrel carbs, and Fenton headers. An awesome find, offering that irreplaceable vintage vibe with modern power and drivability, not to mention its rare and valuable period speed equipment, this 1949 Ford F-1 pickup is a sure-fire attention-getter.

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