1953 Ford Crestline
1953 Ford Crestline
$41,500
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1953 Ford Crestline

$41,500

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1953 Ford Crestline Sunliner Convertible Coupe For 1953 Ford Crestline Sunliner, driven by William Clay Ford Sr. Ford Motor Company celebrated its 50th anniversary with this special edition pace car with a special white and gold color scheme and special graphics. It featured the venerable 239ci flathead eight fitted with a 2bbl Holley Model 2100 carburetor and three-speed Ford-O-Matic transmission. This was the first Indy 500 pace car to be replicated by a manufacturer and Henry Ford II had a limited edition of 2000 replicas built for sale to the public. Offered for consignment and your viewing pleasure, this 1953 Ford Crestline Sunliner convertible coupe, which is possibly the nicest example this automotive starstruck writer has laid eyes on as it was restored, has won an AACA Jr and Sr National in 2022 and is still looking fresh out of the shop today. Exterior A near perfect application of factory and Pace Car correct Sungate Ivory covers the straight steel panels of the lower sections of this car that have well minded gaps, and a mirror like shine. A correct white canvas convertible top is reserved for the roof and like the rest of the car, shows as near flawless with a clear plastic rear window. From its neatly designed big 1950s front grille with reflections so deep I could shave my 5 oclock shadow with ease, to the big side trim spear that starts at the headlights and goes to the back of the forward door, then gets picked up again on the back at the fender bump out with an angled ribbed larger panel that turns into a spear off the center and a metal bump out at the top edge of the wing perfectly highlighting the Pace Car correct small fender skirts. This literally looks like youre looking skyward at the underside of a flying jet complete with chrome contrail. We note incorrect Customline badging within the front trim spears, as this car should have Crestline trim in its place. Plenty of chrome trimmings for the window surrounds and a single round tail light with a wide chrome bezel and small chromed center rest on the end of the fender which has rounded tops to meet the taillights. A Coronado continental kit in Sungate Ivory and chrome graces the area between these lights and down low is another ultra shiny rear bumper with twin upright guards. A chrome piece of note is the very rare and not oft seen crossed flags around the gold Ford crest fender emblems. Anniversary Gold 15-inch steel wheels with FORD badged polished caps are wrapped in wide white bias ply tires on all 4 corners. Interior The door panels utilize a myriad of materials from smooth Pearlescent White vinyl to smooth black vinyl to smooth gold vinyl and even some Anniversary Gold painted metal, which all work together to form the door panels. Lest we forget the mirror-like chrome trimmings and Anniversary Gold padded armrest dressing these doors which add to the early 50s charm. Wide long benches, with the front being a split, are the passengers seating front and rear, and are covered with wide tuck and roll Pearlescent White inserts, smooth white vinyl uppers with Anniversary Gold upper accenting all within a gold tub. Some light wrinkling of the vinyl is noted on the upper front seats, but these do not detract from the charming warmth these seats provide. An Anniversary Gold steel full metal jacket dash and original instrumentation are seen inside. The horseshoe speedometer and gauge cluster are in front of the large black 50th anniversary badged original steering wheel with its half chrome ring horn actuator. A chrome trimmed radio and temp controls are noted on this dash and a centrally located clock in a small circular bump up is in the top dead center of this dash. A pair of correct Anniversary Gold sun visors dress the beginnings of the wrap-around windshield and look just fab. Gold carpeting, cleaner than clean, floats this interior and now I am in true early 50s heaven. Drivetrain Powered by the 239ci flathead V8 and 3-speed Ford-O-Matic automatic column mounted shifter, this combo provides 110hp. There is a 2-barrel carburetor atop, and way in the back is the rear axle weighing in with a 3.31 ratio. Overall condition of the engine bay can best be described as factory fresh with the orange painted block, heads, and intake providing the perfect contrast to the black bay. We note power steering is on to make the drive that much easier. Undercarriage With some light patina and rust and very few flaws for the bottom side of this show winner we are back in 1953 all over again. A strong black frame provides the backbone for the undercoated black floors and rockers. More black is covering the suspension which has independent coil springs for the front and leaf springs for the rear, and we note drum brakes on all 4 corners. A like new dual exhaust system with stock style mufflers is on for spent fossil removal. Just a flawlessly executed restoration down below. Drive-Ability A quick starter, and good driver with a smooth acceleration and the transmission shifted nicely. A real trip back in time with a good overall ride and I swear I caught a glimpse of Vukovich, Agabashian, and Rathmann bearing down on me in the rear view mirror. Daydreams aside, my time behind the wheel was wonderfully spent with only the clock not keeping time, the high beam switch being stuck in the low position and a notable pull to the right was experienced when braking. A great opportunity to own a truly stunning and rare 50s classic. Despite the production numbers, only about 25 are known to the Pace Car Register, and as such, the opportunity to acquire a 1953 Ford Pace Car does not occur often. So clearly theres nothing left for you to do but write the check and turn the key then chug your bottle of milk.

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Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
    B3CC128294
  • Classic Car ID
    101973542
  • Stock Number
    5748
  • Category
    American Classics
  • Body Style
    N/A
  • New/Used
    Used
  • Mileage
    52,538 miles
  • Engine
    239ci Flathead V8
  • Transmission
    3 Speed Automatic
  • Exterior Color
    White
  • Seat Color
    White

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