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Lot 73
1939 Ford Deluxe Convertible Coupe


Selling on Wednesday

From the Ron Thorne Collection

CHASSIS NO: 184864425

• Complete body-off restoration
• Folkstone Gray with black top and red piping
• Only model to come with a rumble seat option
• Last year for floor-mounted shifter

221 cid V-8 engine, 85 HP, two-barrel carburetor, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with transverse leaf spring, 3/4-floating rear axle with transverse leaf spring, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 112”

What didn’t come as a surprise to anyone when Ford unveiled their new model for the 1939 year were the styling changes made to the appearance of the vehicle. Ford was known for slight redesigns in every new model year and the public had come to appreciate that about the company. The grille was vertically halved and the front end was given a more pointed forward edge that filled in where the grille was deleted. The design gave the appearance of the body being longer and having more of an Art-Deco appearance. However, one thing that did come as a surprise to the public was that Ford made hydraulic brakes standard in all their vehicles. Henry Ford had been fighting the idea for 10 years saying they were unsafe, but finally gave in and allowed for his engineers to go ahead with a Lockheed designed brake system, which improved the overall driving experience of the vehicle. The new improvements were well recieved and the buying public learned that '39 would be the final year for the rumbleseat. These factors helped push convertible sales in excess of 10,000 units.

Well cared for by Mr. Thorne while in his collection for over a decade, this ’39 Ford Deluxe Convertible was treated to a professional restoration that returned the Convertible back into a rolling work of art. The outside was coated a period correct Folkstone Gray and fitted with a new black convertible top with red piping and matching convertible top boot. The restored body sits on desirable chrome artillery wheels with Firestone whitewall tires.

Complimenting the Folkstone Gray exterior, the interior features new Russet Brown leather bench seating. This convertible features a Deluxe Golden grain mahogany-like dashboard that adds to the overall excitement of the cabin. Added accessories for the interior include a Deluxe banjo steering wheel, AM radio, and a glove compartment with optional lock and clock. The three-speed manual transmission, has a Fords and Flowers shifter knob from when it was shown at the national meet held in Victoria, B.C. Canada.

The Flathead V-8 engine has been taken apart and been completely restored back to its original appearance and running condition. Also included with this Ford is an original 1939 reference and owner’s manual, which can be hard to find in today’s market. Loved by many car enthusiasts for their classy and always changing designs, this iconic ‘39 Ford checks all the boxes for an owner that desires a car that can be proudly shown or driven on a regular basis.

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