Ford Custom Convertible Coupe
As automobile production resumed after World War II, offerings were limited to existing prewar designs, but by 1949, the Big Three had fresh, innovative concepts on sale. Ford was first, showing all-new 1949 models on June 8, 1948. They were as un-Ford-like as anything the public had ever seen. Slab-sided and streamlined, the company proudly announced that the New York Fashion Academy had judged Ford the “Fashion Car of the Year.”
The Dingman Collection purchased this 1949 Ford Custom Convertible from Donald Netinho of Cooper City, Florida in 2007. Netinho had owned it for a number of years, and other than an older repaint, it was essentially in excellent original condition. It was immediately consigned to Kevin Westmoreland’s Performance Restoration in Cleveland, Georgia, for a complete rebuild. The no-expense-spared restoration cost in excess of $155,000 and was completed in black, with the interior done to late 1949 specification in tan and brown leather by specialist J.E. Roll of New Philadelphia, Ohio. A light beige canvas, close to the original fabric, was chosen for the top and boot.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2012 at the Dingman Collection, Hampton, New Hampshire.
100 bhp, 239.4 cu. in. L-head V-8 engine, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 114"
Source: RM Auctions