Classic Car Overview
1948 Ford Super Deluxe Coupe Ford had a number of leftover 1942 body parts that went into 1946 Ford models. Henry Ford II got the first postwar car into production, and the very first one - a white Super DeLuxe Tudor sedan assembled on July 3, 1945 - went to President Harry Truman. Alas, only 34,439 more were assembled during the 1945 calendar year, but it was the quick return to production that put Ford ahead of Chevrolet. However, there was no end of problems with the War Production Board, which controlled output and materials supplies, and the Office of Price Administration, which put many controls on the price of parts and cars. Henry Ford II claimed that he was losing $300 per car because he couldnt achieve volume production, and indeed the company was hemorrhaging about $10 million per month at one point. For consignment imagine if you will, a frame off restored beauty, all buttoned up and one of the nicest classic car restoration in our halls here at Classic Auto Mall, and we have over 800 cars in here, so pay attention! Meanwhile Ill give you some ticklers: Heidts air ride suspension, excellent black paint, tight suspension, powerful engine, heat and air, classic look all excellent condition. Enough! of this carrot dangling...let get after it! Exterior 2,400 miles ago, the consigner took this original car off the frame and the saga began. All rust (mostly none) was removed, panels were painstakingly sanded and smoothed, re assembled and now they have perfect gaps, and black paint (12 coats mind you) that can best be described as the Mariana Trench...I dare you to do a deep dive and find a fault in it. Meanwhile back at the shop, the handles were being shaved, the front headlights and signals were being frenched, and some nifty electronic door and hood actuators were being installed. All chrome that was to remain was being perfected, all looking freshly dipped. Youve gotta love those towering hoods, and the flanking fenders, still rounded, but now sans a running board, and just a hint of a flared rocker until you get to the back fender. The windshield has had the central split windshield chrome trim removed, and two pieces of glass seamlessly melt together in the angled center. Also, a tinted band on top add some protection against the sun glare that you will inevitably get from that paint which is killer. On back, a slight bulge frames the rear tires, and melts into the original looking back design of the car as it appeared in 1948. Some sleek Italian design rear view mirrors are now on, and I have to say a real convenience when maneuvering this special car. All 4 corners sport Chip Foose chromed 5 spoke wheels wrapped in medium low profile all season radial tires. Interior Tasteful, tasteful, tasteful gray tweed makes up the door panels and just a hint of some turquoise in a vertical strip that runs through the center of the panel. Machined sunken door handles, and a billet style upholstered in tweed door pull is all it needs. Inside late model stuffed buckets in low back presentation, again with the vertical turquoise stripe make up the seats in front. These flank a custom center console which has an air ride digital controller and the obligatory cup holders, along with some power window toggles. In back a rear bench even more comfortable than your grandmothers couch is looking similar in design to the buckets and affords plenty of room. An Art Deco style dash with back background and plenty of horizontal and vertical ribbed chrome sports new white faced VDO gauges, and a digital speedometer. A new sound system is installed in the center, along with heat and A/C controls. On the other side of the dash is a corresponding large round white faced tachometer now replacing the original clock. Beautiful gray carper floods the floors, and above is a matching gray tweed headliner. A shout out to the rally steering wheel courtesy of LeCarra, now spinning power steering, AND the finished off trunk now with battery in there. Drivetrain Under the hood is a 350 ci V8, all like new with plenty of bling chromed and polished accents added on. Even the hoses have been changed over to ribbed stainless, and in front is a custom radiator to keep things all cool. On back is a 350 transmission, 3-speed automatic, and on top a 4-barrel carburetor. Undercarriage Frame off denotes no rust, plenty of structurally strong frame, floorpans and rockers, as well as toe kicks, and underside of wheel wells. A new fuel tank, drum brakes for the back, and shocks along with the air ride can be seen here too. Upfront, big disc brakes now added, and more shock absorbers and air ride bags. The pans on the engine show no runs, drips, or errors, and a shiny dual exhaust snakes its way rearward, culminating under the floor pans in the middle. Drive-Ability This car is a perfect example of what its like to drive a new 72 year old new car. Very tight, quick start, and great runner. Steering is easy, and the ride just downright great with the bags. All functions were working just peachy, and the best work. To describe my experience on the test track would be: TIGHT! A truly wonderful meticulous rebuild from the frame up, having no stone left unturned, and adding some snazzy conveniences on the way. Electronically actuated doors and windows, A/C & Heat, power steering, Chip Foose Wheels which are so sexy, and deep, deep black paint, we are now entering the twilight zone and are in a new car from 72 years ago! Buckle up!