The Ford line of cars was updated in 1937 with one major change — the introduction of an entry-level 136 CID V8 in addition to the popular 221 CID flathead V8. The model was a refresh of its predecessor, the Model 48 (itself based on the Model 40A), and was the company's main product. It was redesigned more thoroughly in 1941. At the start of production, it cost $850. The Ford's look was again modernized for 1939 — the De Luxe used a low pointed grille with heavier vertical slats, while the standard Ford had a higher grille with horizontal dividers. The headlights were moved farther apart, now sitting almost in front of the wheels. The side grilles and louvers were removed in favor of chrome strips on De Luxe models. The "alligator" hood opened deep from the top of the grille back, eliminating the side panels found on previous models. The phaeton, club coupe, and convertible club coupe models were discontinued. The engine was also revised for 1939 with downdraft carburetors widening the torque band but leaving power unchanged at 85 hp . Hydraulic brakes were a major advancement across the Ford line. Ford's upscale Mercury line also bowed in 1939, filling the gap between the De Luxe Fords and the Lincoln-Zephyr line.
This exceptional example is a strong freshly restored car that has been in the current owners care for many years. This was a frame off nut and bolt restoration resulitng in one of the finest V8 Fords we have had the opportunity to represent. The car is really in exceptional condition throughout with no flaws noted. Finished in a very nice color combination, this very nice V8 Ford is one of the iconic Ford Designs of All Time with its flowing lines and rugged reliability. As well as beign a show ready car just waiting to collect trophies everywhere its shown, the car runs quite well, shifts smoothly, brakes well and drives like a modern car for all effective purposes.
This is one great V8 Ford!