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Lot 62
1953 Ford Crestline Victoria Hardtop


Selling on Wednesday

From the Ron Thorne Collection


• Stunning body-off restoration
• Equipped with over 20 dealer and factory accessories
• Possibly the only one in the world with this configuration
• Famous flathead V-8 with optional overdrive

239 cid flathead V-8 engine, 110 HP, three-speed manual transmission with optional overdrive, power steering, hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 115”

When the early Ford V-8s and Mercury’s first hit the market the public instantly fell in love with them, and as time went on, Ford began to offer more dealer and factory accessories to add to their classic looks. Once this happened it became clear the more you had on your car, the more money you had in your wallet. What also became clear during this time was that not every dealership or factory offered the same optional equipment which made it extremely difficult to know what one could acquire for their prized possession.

The Crestline Victoria was Ford's top of the line model offered in 1953 and many of the buyers opted for added flare. The ’53 Crestline Victoria offered here not only received a stunning restoration, but is also equipped with over 20 different options and accessories. Before one could consider extra accessories with the Crestline Victoria, they first had to pick from 14 different two-tone color combinations, and in this case the original owner chose a smooth Raven Black with Sungate Ivory roof. During the restoration, its original colors were applied and all the brightwork was re-chromed to a brilliant shine. Its beautiful front end is enhanced by accessories like fog lights, dual mounted spotlights and mirrors, as well as FoMoCo script headlights. The sides of the Victoria are covered with accessories like rocker panel moldings, chrome front and rear rock guards, door handle scratch guards, and door edge guards, all of which decoratively protect the Raven Black paint.

Power for the car comes from the correct 239 cubic-inch flathead V-8 engine, which was the largest engine offered by Ford at the time. It is paired with a three-speed column mounted manual transmission shifter that shifts with ease, especially while overdrive is engaged. The V-8 engine is able to open up and breath better due to the dual exhaust. Thanks to the dealer added engine compartment light, occupants are able to see all the correct and clean parts like a Ford Strato Star oil filter and large oil bath air cleaner, even at night.

Filled with luxury and style, the interior is outfitted in a combination of black and ivory vinyl on the seats and door panels that combine nicely with the Raven Black dashboard, and at this point it should come as no surprise that the interior also comes packed with rare Ford accessories. Being in the center of the dash, the chrome eight-tube radio draws attention when the occupants enter the cabin and can easily be heard throughout with the aid of the rear seat radio speaker. Vision is made a top priority as it has front and rear defrosters and an inside “day-night” mirror for when drivers headlights are peaking through the rear window at night. Quite possibly the rarest accessories equipped to this Ford are the rear passenger wind deflectors.

With its beautiful color combination and rare accessories, this 1953 Ford Crestline Victoria could very well be the only one so fitted, making it ideal for expedient acquisition.

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