The most desirable style from an iconic model year
The 1939 Fords boasted 24-stud cylinder heads and long-awaited hydraulic brakes, as well as several important design evolutions. The headlights migrated to the peaks of the front fenders, still under Ford’s handsome teardrop aerodynamic glass covers, inspired by the upmarket stablemate Lincoln-Zephyr. Further, the hood thrust forward with a low vee-shaped grille with vertical bars that suggested the bow of a fast boat cutting through waves. The wider and lower grille aided engine cooling and gave the designers the latitude to eliminate the hood side vents. All this resulted in a more aerodynamic- and dramatic-looking automobile, which truly looked more expensive than it was – making it quite a sales success.
The DeLuxe convertible coupe offered here is an ideal example of this classic design in its most desirable body style. It is finished in the year-correct color of Folkstone Gray, a wonderful understated choice, with a complementary rich brown leather interior and black cloth top. Additional features include chromed wheel covers and rear fender skirts, providing a truly sporty appearance, while a full-size spare is tucked behind the seats. Overall the restoration shows some patina throughout, including minor staining to the convertible top and stretching of the seats, but it is nicely mellowed and ideal for summer time cruising.
In sum, the 1939 Ford is an American classic, and this example is exactly the ’39 Ford one envisions – a convertible coupe, in iconic colors, ready for driving enjoyment through the last months of summer and into the fall ahead.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/0520.