239 FLATHEAD V8, 3-SPEED AUTO, PERIOD COLORS, CALI BORN, VERY SOLID FORD CUSTOM!
1951 was the first year for the Victoria. This trim on the Ford Custom Deluxe is where Ford first really satisfied America's post-WWII desire for great styling and premium touches. So to find an interesting vehicle in such period-correct condition is really a nice find at this price.
When you want a distinctive classic, the Victoria is the right place to start. Its pillarless hardtop design with wraparound rear windshield is a premium feature that makes this far rarer than the standard two-door. But this is so darn attractive Ford Victorias actually outsold Chevy's line-topping Bel Air in '51. Like any good 1950s coupes, this one has plenty of brightwork led by the large front bumper and intricate grille that doubled down on the previous year's bullet-nose style. There's great trim around the hardtop and running down the side of the car. It all wraps around the rear end whose design was hinting at the tailfin era that was coming soon. It's all set in a nice two-tone of Sandpiper Tan with a Hawaiian Bronze Metallic on top. And it looks so authentic, we wouldn't be surprised if someone discovered it was the original application.
The two-tone continues on the inside with two shades of tan. The colors of the bench seats and carpeting come together on the door panels for a full uniform appearance. This has great pieces you expect from a time capsule classic, like the original stylized steering wheel, working heat/defrost sliders, and the big round speedometer. And it also has some great period-correct fun surprises, like the AM radio that's still cranking out tunes and the dual spotlights.
Ford's Flathead V8 is a legend all on its own for the power it provides, and the 239 cubic-inch displacement would be the largest installed in the Ford cars. It presents exceptionally nicely in the engine bay with the tall oil bath air cleaner and matching motor. You'll love looking at all the original-style components, and you'll also spot good maintenance like the new battery and new hoses on those iconic downpipes. It fires up like a reliable old Ford should, and the drive is still quite smooth. Plus, good torque from the V8, a three-speed automatic transmission, and modern Hankook tires makes this quite a fine cruiser.
The Victoria was one of the most expensive Fords you could buy without going into a wagon or convertible. That kind of distinction only grows with age. So don't miss out on this quite correct first-year Ford Victoria. Call today!!!
- AM Radio
- Seatbelts (Front)
- Vinyl Interior
- Cloth Interior
- Transmission Spec
- Front Suspension
- Rear Suspension
- Leaf spring with air shock
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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