1947 Ford Convertible
1947 Ford Convertible
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A shout out to our consigner, whose husband has had several hand builds come through the Classic Auto Mall, courtesy his wife and our consigner. All the builds were top quality, had specific standards that her former husband builder/restorer used for every car (350/350 combo, truck wheels because he did not like cleaning wheels, meticulous attention to detail, great paint, and even naming a few of his creations). Alas, this is the final bow of his collection, and this one is his crowning achievement. A close look at the photos will reveal this, and certainly a standing ovation to all his creations that are all since sold, and this one is destined to do the same quickly.
Bathed in pristine deep black, you could just dive in and go for a scuba adventure in this paint. All the trimmings are nicely restored to their original chromed glory, and all glass and even the canvas top are near perfect. A split front windshield, dual search lights (another common feature of this restorer/builder) well minded gaps, and rounded fenders abound. A rear glass window is within the convertible, and it's up and down was a breeze (particularly when it is put down!) The standard truck wheels are pretty much self cleaning, so no hours on your knees polishing necessary. See, there was a method to his madness!
Black vinyl with white stitching in vertical tuck and roll format covers the door panels. Shiny chromed cranks and handles abound, and preview what is to grace your eyes before you slip inside. Doing so reveals a very shiny black and chromed dash, complete with dual round large gauges flanking a central ribbed chromed speaker cover, and new radio below. New white faced gauges are in front of the steering wheel, which has retained its originality, and has a beautiful chromed horn ring in the center. Under the dash is a new painted and chrome edged heater box, some extra billet machined aluminum knobs. A long handled Lokar shift lever with machined top knob (another standard feature of this consigner/builder) now actuates the automatic transmission. Seats are finely recovered in overstuffed leather and present in bucket form in front. The driver's seat has power movements. A rear bench complete with armrest stretches across the back and shows some early signs of light mold on the surface. Black carpet covers the floors, and with all the vertical stitching between the folds, and vertical chrome trimmings on the dash, this interior presents a a finely tailored Zoot Suit.
A 350ci V8 with 4-barrel carburetor and chromed round Ford air cleaner on top, is in the restored engine bay. A painted blue block, and ribbed Cobra valve covers (another standard for the builder) is seen under the hood. A TH350 automatic transmission is on back.
All underneath has been painstakingly resorted, nicely painted black, no rust and all has had the once over. Leaf spring suspension for the rear, and a transverse leaf spring front suspension is working just flawlessly. Drum brakes are all around and glass pack style exhaust is in dual presentation, snaking its way rearward to chromed tips.
As with all the cars we have had the pleasure to adorn our halls, and I have had the pleasure to drive them all, this one fired right up, and was off with a whoosh. It handles just fab, accelerates as one would expect, and handles fine. The top down, radio on and cruising in the sun. I was just like a 1940's gangster rolling down the highway with ease and style.
A big thanks to our consigner's wife, who I'm sure had mixed emotions when liquidating all her former husband's hard work, but I can say he was consistent, and had a knack for the good build. This is his last hurrah, so get on down to Classic Auto Mall, and snap this stylish restoration up, you will not be able to replicate this build with what it costs to purchase this car. Drumroll and standing ovation please!
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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