1950 FORD CUSTOM 2DR SEDAN
Designer: George Walker
Estimate: $17,000 - $25,000
Chassis Number: B9KC148067
Decoded: B=239 cid L-Head V8 engine; 0=1950 Model Year; KC=Kansas City, MO assembly
plant; 148067=48,067th 1950 Ford scheduled for production at the KC plant
Engine: 239 cid “Flathead” V8
2 x 1-barrel Carburetor / 110 bhp (estimated)
3-Speed Column-shift manual Transmission
Four Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
● Popular “Shoebox” Era
● Well Preserved, Ready for the Road
● Highly Sought After Post-War Favorite
The Model: At the end of World War II, the race was on in the auto industry to come up with a new modern post-war design. Ford led the way with the “FortyNiner”, which many historians credit with saving the company. A new and improved edition was unveiled the following year and promoted as being “50 Ways Finer for 1950”. Improved body construction, easier handling and subtle revisions really did make the 1950 Ford a much better car. Offered in two basic series, the Standard and the Custom, the higher priced models featured a more luxurious interior, a splash of more bright side trim and little things like parking lights integrated into the fender trim, push-button door handles, concealed fuel filler, and the introduction of the now famous Ford crest logo!. Things were looking up when you drove a Ford in 1950.
The Car: In June of 1950, things were hopping at Ford’s Kansas City assembly plant when this Sheridan Blue Custom Sedan came off the line. Under the hood the only major modification we found was the Offenhauser dual-carb intake, which is topped off by a pair of Ford carburetors each with their own mini chrome plated air filter pods. There are only a few accessories on this car, such as the factory deluxe recirculating heater/defroster and a chrome plated tissue dispenser mounted under the glove box. Neither a clock nor a radio was deemed necessary when this car was new. Presented in functional, “driver” condition, this little shoebox Ford was built during a period of postwar booming business and population growth. With its unique “Bullet” front end design, modern styling and swift performance, it was a winner then and can be a winner again today.