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From The Ron Thorne Collection

1939 Ford DeLuxe Coupe

  • Formerly of the esteemed Nick Alexander Collection
  • Photo-documented body-off-the-frame restoration
  • Classic styling with many well-appointed options

VIN: 185225728

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An iconic design, and one of the most visually striking of all automobile lines to come from the immediate pre-World War II mid-priced era of automobiles, the 1939 Ford models were one of the finest expressions of the celebrated design partnership of company president Edsel B. Ford and Eugene "Bob" Gregorie.

Once again offered for 1939 in Standard and DeLuxe models, with the Standard line appearing much like the 1938 DeLuxe, Ford's new DeLuxe offerings for 1939 were distinguished by their much more modern overall appearance. Most noticeable among the refinements applied to the upscale Fords were teardrop-shaped headlamps faired smoothly into the leading edges of the front fenders, plus a lower-set grille with fine vertical bars. Simple chrome trim now replaced the former hood louvers, and DeLuxe bodies also featured smoother profiles. Blessed with smooth-flowing bodylines, intricate grille design, teardrop headlamps, and an Art Deco-influenced interior motif, the '39 Fords - regardless of body style and trim level - represent a high-water mark of automobile design. Underneath, newly available Lockheed-type hydraulic brakes, revised cylinder heads for the renowned "flathead" V-8 engine, and welcomed detail improvements provided mechanical sophistication to match the obvious outward beauty of the '39 Ford line.

Offered from the final group of cars from The Ron Thorne Collection, this 1939 Ford DeLuxe Coupe resided in another well-known Ford and Mercury collection before Ron acquired it, the Nick Alexander Collection. Mr. Alexander is noted for once owning the largest Ford and Mercury woodie collection in the world and only owning the very best. While under Mr. Alexander's care, this DeLuxe Coupe was faithfully toured throughout the West Coast at various Early Ford V-8 Club events. Documented by a large stack of photos, this Ford wears its extensive body-off-the-frame restoration that took place in the early '80s. Today it still presents quite well, only showing minor signs of honest patina from spirited driving over the years.

Draped in an appealing dark blue paint and blackwall tires, this Early Ford V-8 is well-equipped with an array of exterior options that enhance its appearance such as dual mirrors, chrome spider wheels with trim rings and hubcaps, and chrome bumper guards fitted at both the front and rear. The interior is lined in a comfortable tan cloth upholstery, and like the exterior, the cabin is fitted with many options that include a clock, radio, deluxe banjo steering wheel, and a crank-out front windshield.

Accompanied by a correct spare tire, photos documenting the body-off-the-frame restoration, and a 1939 Ford reference book, this charming DeLuxe Coupe is ready for new ownership after residing in two of the most prolific early Ford V-8 and Mercury collections in the country.

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