1939 Ford Coupe
350 V8 Coupe
1939 Ford Coupe Resto Mod
- 350 V8
- 6,500 Miles Since Restored
- Ice Cold AC
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“… during the '80s, attitudes started to change and rodders started giving the '37-'39 Fords some long overdue attention. Suddenly (it) was the new hottest thing on the scene.” –Hot Rod magazine, May 2005
The term “resto-mod” throws a wide net over a host of automotive restoration executions. Intended to convey an upgrading of some of a vintage car's underpinnings to make for more livable 21st-century driving applications, the best of resto-mods deliver a best-of-both-worlds classic-car experience. And it makes sense because piloting unrestored “survivor” cars from the thirties and forties at today's highway speeds isn't only challenging, it's unsafe. Still, as with so many other things in life, it's the details and the execution that make all the difference.
Offered here is what many would consider the perfect resto-modded '39 Ford Coupe. From the outside, only the slightly raked stance to the front and the dual exhaust pipes hint that it's more than it appears to be. The classic grille, simple bumpers, and the bespoke “V8” badging are all there. That said, the deep blue exterior paint and the chrome work on the body are in near-perfect condition, so knowledgeable car folks might immediately suspect this is not exactly the car that left the Ford assembly plant back in 1939. The Ford-branded wheel covers with trim rings over red-painted steel wheels are a blend of period-correct with a nice, upgraded touch.
Pop the hood, and all doubt that this is anything but a significantly upgraded automobile is gone.
There's a beautifully detailed engine space, far nicer than the original. Indeed, the engine bay is as well ordered and pristine as the car's exterior. The engine, of course, is the hero—a fresh 350 cubic-inch, 300-horsepower V8 with finned aluminum valve covers and tasteful chrome enhancements—occupies center-stage. The air-conditioning compressor sitting atop the engine, and its perfectly routed plumbing would've only been a distant dream when the car was first built.
Open one of the coupe's two doors, and the number of updated touches begins to add up. The camel upholstery and carpeting are a good deal nicer than factory, although they are rendered in an appropriate, un-flashy manner. Similarly, the door-mounted speakers are subtle additions. The steering wheel is a blend of the original art-deco article highlighting the Ford V8 logo, with updated billet-aluminum switchgear and trim. All the gauges are from Classic Instruments; they retain a period-correct look while providing more information, more accurately to the driver. And then there's the column-mounted shifter for the automatic transmission! The perfect enhancement for today's driving. A Panasonic audio head unit is tastefully incorporated in the dash, as are the controls and ample vents for the air-conditioning system.
The high level of finish—and the camel carpeting—continues in the car's trunk. Underneath, the running gear is as well laid-out, tidy, and clean as would be expected for a car that's accumulated only about 6,000 miles since the restoration.
The more than 170 high-definition photographs of the car from every angle—including from underneath—available at the GarageKeptMotors site faithfully present the condition of this '39 Ford. That said, an in-person inspection is always the best appraisal for prospective purchasers. To that end, we recommend visiting our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. We ask only that you get in touch by phone or email in advance to arrange an appointment (or to ask any questions). That way, we can devote our full attention to you when you're with us.
This beautiful '39 Ford Coupe is certain to be loved by its next owner as much as it has been by the folks who built and restored it. Not only will it delight onlookers at classic-car enthusiast gatherings, it will absolutely thrill its driver and passenger with performance, handling, and comfort on today's roads, at today's speeds.