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From The Ron Thorne Collection

1951 Ford Custom Convertible

  • A sought-after and attractive post-war design
  • Classic Ford V-8 power with factory overdrive
  • Well-equipped with multiple factory accessories
  • Rebuilt motor with many new engine components

VIN: BICS110544

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As Ford's first new post-war model line, the 1949 Fords were lovingly referred to as the "Shoebox Ford" for their handsome three-box, slab-side body design. Crucially, these new models saved Ford in the face of intense competition from the other members of Detroit's Big Three as well as a host of independent manufacturers. The new Fords made a huge splash at introduction, with their smoothly streamlined bodyline and lower, wider proportions and integrated front and rear fenders. In a testament to its excellence, the basic 1949 Ford styling theme remained in force through 1951. Other advancements included a new ladder-type frame, independent coil spring front suspension, longitudinal semi-elliptic rear leaf springs, and a modern drive shaft. 1951 was the final year of the new landmark design, with production well above a million units. Accounting for less than four percent of those units, was the Custom Convertible, making it one of the most desirable Ford models to emerge from 1951.

A lovely example of a 1951 Ford Custom Convertible, this Ford hails from prominent Ford and Mercury collector, Ron Thorne. Lovingly cared for by Mr. Thorne, this convertible wears a relatively fresh repaint in its current red color. Displaying bright chrome work, a black power convertible top with red piping, and its signature dual bullet nose grille, its stance is unmistakable. Adding to its exterior charm are factory accessories like dual mirrors, rear fender skirts, and script hubcaps with trim rings that are wrapped in Firestone whitewall tires.

Under the hood, the 239-cubic-inch flathead V-8 engine has received a substantial rebuild costing just under $10,000. The work included new gaskets, a water pump, a distributor, coils, a rebuild of the carburetor and radiator, a new fuel pump, a new clutch, and many other items. The mechanical work, combined with the factory overdrive, allows for this '51 Ford Custom Convertible to reach and maintain highway speeds with ease.

Just as well-kept as the exterior, the interior is trimmed in a two-tone black and red color scheme which complements the exterior of the car. Ideal for tours and long jaunts because of its ample amount of cabin space and factory overdrive, this Custom Convertible also comes equipped with an AM radio and Magic Air heater/defroster. The perfect red Ford to be used to take a trip down memory lane, this Custom Convertible from the final group of cars offered from The Ron Thorne Collection will give its next owner many memorable drives to come.

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