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LOT 269

Selling on Friday

From The Tom Haag Estate Collection

1941 Ford Deluxe Tudor Sedan

  • Totally unrestored, well-preserved original
  • Big V-8 power in a mid-range model
  • Seldom seem early V-8 engine
  • Turnkey and ready to roll

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Business historians will tell you that in the years leading up to World War II, Ford Motor Company was in trouble. Old Henry had his ways, and while the company was busy producing some of the best-looking cars of the day and remained the only brand in the low-price segment with a V-8 engine available, it was awash in red ink. Edsel Ford, who was President of the company, did manage to retain the services of E. T. “Bob” Gregorie as the chief stylist for Ford, and his skill and expertise gave their cars a family look that was immediately recognizable. For 1941, Ford cars were offered in three trim levels: a Standard model, which was bare-bones motoring; the Super Deluxe, which had a bit of chrome and glitz; and the Deluxe, popular with families starting out or for the person who didn’t want to spend an extra $45 for chrome trim work and a bit plusher interior.

This example is 1 of 177,018 Deluxe Tudor sedans produced for the 1941 model year and is like a bit of a time capsule on wheels. Finished in its original basic black, the brown striped broadcloth seats do show a bit of age; however, they have stood up to the test of time and are still quite serviceable some 80+ years later. During the war, gas rationing made long trips out of reach for most Americans; as a result, many late pre-war model cars were just put up on blocks to wait out the war. Today, this fabulous Ford shows just over 24,630 miles on the odometer, which are believed to be actual. It is powered by its original flathead V-8 engine and remains in running and driving condition to this day. It is rather well-appointed with a factory radio and deluxe heater. According to the paperwork included with the car, this 1941 Ford has been part of the Haag Collection since 1974. In 2012, according to receipts, Thomas Haag ordered a laundry list of new parts for this car including fuel system items, such as a carburetor rebuild/repair kit, new electrical items for the ignition system, cooling system items, and brake parts including a new master cylinder. At about this same time, he also ordered a set of Firestone 6.00” X 16” whitewall tires on which the car sits today. These receipts are part of a file that accompanies the sale of the car. The engine retains its original oil bath air cleaner and has an accessory bolt-on oil filter. Most impressive under the hood is the set of trumpet horns, sure to alert motorists who are getting too close to your classic Ford to stay away. A rolling time capsule with unique features such as the vintage Santa Catalina Island windshield decal, makes this a jewel to be admired and preserved for generations to come.

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