West Coast Classics is proud to present an absolutely exceptional example of this completely rust free and recently fully restored 1951 Ford Custom DeLuxe 2 Door 6 Passenger Convertible with a recently fully rebuilt and re-bored Mercury 239 cu in Flathead V8 engine matched to a 3 speed column shift transmission with factory Overdrive and a Power hydraulic soft top and the car reportedly has an original 37K miles.
The car received an excellent paint job professionally completed in its very striking original 'Hawaiian Bronze Metallic' factory color with pin striping and the car boasts an older restored leather interior with only very minor patina and with high quality wool carpets, restored metal dashboard, a new canvas soft top and all new stainless trim and body moldings & all new chrome with all new suspension, wiring and mechanics.
The car has a rebuilt 140HP Mercury Flathead V8 engine, it has had a 12 volt generator conversion with electric points, rebuilt front end with lower suspension & rear lowering blocks, dual exhaust with powder coated headers, 30" glass packs, rebuilt brake lines & linings, fuel lines, wiring, additional electric fuel pump, original 1951 CA license plates, 15" radial white wall ties, 4 core radiator, high flow water pumps, Moon wheel covers & rare Red plastic Eagle hood ornament which was a dealer only option!
The car was nicely factory optioned with original factory options of the car including: 239 CID 2 BBL V8 engine; power hydraulic soft top; 3 speed manual transmission with optional Overdrive ($180); original push button AM radio ($85); Whitewall tires ($25); heater & defroster ($70) & electric clock ($15), radio antenna, hubcaps & wheel trim rings. The floor boards, trunk and all the typical rust-prone areas are completely solid and rust-free and the car has had no signs of any accidents - obviously an always garaged and cherished car since new!
After their 1949 revolutionary redesign, Fords received only minor updates for 1950. Ford's facelift for 1951 included a new "dual spinner" grille, larger capacity fuel pump, waterproof ignition system to prevent shorts from moisture and chromed windsplits ahead of twin point tail-lights. Overall quality had already been much improved over the hastily assembled '49's with bodies and frames strengthened, handling upgraded and the V8 engine quieted. The Custom lineup had a revised grille, new steering wheel horn ring, push-button door handles and the gas filler now located behind a hinged flap. Whitewalls, trim rings and ribbed fender skirts were all extra cost options as was the heater & defroster, clock and radio.
It is of note that America's newest and finest automatic transmission and Ford's first, the 3 speed Ford-o-matic transmission was introduced in 1951, with the 3 speed manual with or without Overdrive transmission remaining an option.
This particular fully restored example looks extremely impressive in its repainted 'Hawaiian Bronze Metallic' color paint and the interior is most likely better than when new! ! All the chromework and brightwork has been restored and the original spare wheel with it's jack is in the trunk. The Mercury 239 Flathead V8 engine is extremely strong and this particular car drives magnificently - must be driven to be fully appreciated - drives straight as an arrow with no strange road wobbles, shakes or rattles - a truly remarkable daily driver that will give any modern day car a run for it's money!
This is a rare opportunity to own a great daily driving and never abused example of an obviously always garaged and rust free 1951 Ford Custom DeLuxe convertible in recently fully restored condition throughout! This is one very desirable car for any classic American car enthusiast or Ford collector to add to his collection and a sure-fire investment that's sure to appreciate over the years for any classic American car collector!