Ford Custom Convertible Coupe - Auction 9-10/6 For Sale by Auction (1949)
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE
MODEL 98BA. 100 bhp, 239.4 cu. in. L-head V-8 engine, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 114"
As automobile production resumed after World War II, offerings were limited to existing prewar designs, but by 1949, the Big Three had fresh, innovative concepts on sale. Ford was first, showing all-new 1949 models on June 8, 1948. They were as un-Ford-like as anything the public had ever seen. Slab-sided and streamlined, the company proudly announced that the New York Fashion Academy had judged Ford the “Fashion Car of the Year.”
The Dingman Collection purchased this 1949 Ford Custom Convertible from Donald Netinho of Cooper City, Florida in 2007. Netinho had owned it for a number of years, and other than an older repaint, it was essentially in excellent original condition. It was immediately consigned to Kevin Westmoreland’s Performance Restoration in Cleveland, Georgia, for a complete rebuild. The no-expense-spared restoration cost in excess of $155,000 and was completed in black, with the interior done to late 1949 specification in tan and brown leather by specialist J.E. Roll of New Philadelphia, Ohio. A light beige canvas, close to the original fabric, was chosen for the top and boot.
The car’s body contours are excellent, and the doors shut well. The paint exhibits a deep gloss with no visible flaws, and a deep maroon dashboard contrasts nicely with the exterior. It is equipped with a pushbutton AM radio, heater, electric clock, and power top. Exemplary inside and out, the car has been run and serviced on a regular basis, while covering very few miles since restoration, thereby preserving its showroom quality appearance, both inside and out.
Although Ford’s station wagon was the most expensive 1949 model, the convertible carried the most prestige. This fastidiously restored example is without doubt one of the best available in today’s market, presented just as it would have been at your local Ford dealer.
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