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1951 Ford Custom Coupe
2017 Monical Collection Auction

Offered Without Reserve

• Built and customized at a cost exceeding $100,000
• Offered in turn-key, ready-to-enjoy condition
• Celebrated icon of streamlined postwar design
• Injected 5.0-liter high-output small-block Mustang V-8
• Tremec five-speed; rack-and-pinion; four-wheel disc brakes

302 cid fuel-injected V-8 engine, 300 HP (est), five-speed manual transmission, coil spring independent front suspension with rack-and-pinion steering, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel power-assisted hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 115"

As Ford’s first new postwar 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” and a host of upstart independent manufacturers. The new Fords made a huge splash at introduction, with their smoothly streamlined bodylines and lower, wider proportions and smoothly integrated front and rear fenders. In 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-sprung front suspension, longitudinal semi-elliptic rear leaf springs, and a modern drive shaft.

One of the most popular body styles from the celebrated 1949-1951 years at Ford was the two-door Club Coupe. Featuring a compact passenger compartment and long hood with a similarly generous rear deck, these cars delivered a unique silhouette that fairly begged to be customized. With that in mind, this gorgeous custom creation was built to celebrate the past while satisfying the most demanding of today’s enthusiasts.

Prior to joining the collections of the prior owner and then Bobby Monical, it was built and skillfully customized at a cost exceeding $100,000. Starting as a solid original car from the Dallas, Texas area, the Ford was nosed and decked, the door handles were shaved, and electric-operated latches installed. Fine touches that set this car apart from the rest include the unique headlight treatment, wraparound body side trim, and the “blue dots” added to the original taillight lenses, all of which combine to complete the picture of cool motoring. Deep black paint adds the crowning touch.

Underhood, a fuel-injected 5.0-liter high-output small-block V-8 from a Mustang GT delivers plenty of power, backed up by a Tremec five-speed manual transmission. Other excellent highlights include an MSD billet distributor and ignition system, precise rack-and-pinion power steering, four-wheel power-assisted disc brakes for sure stops, and a heavy-duty aluminum radiator keeps everything running nice and cool.

Looking inside, you will find hand-stitched red leather seating surfaces with matching side panels, plush red carpeting to match, and a dashboard finished in a deep burgundy, hand-crafted to follow this coupe’s original contours and fitted with a full complement of gauges from Classic Instruments. Mounted to a modern tilt column, the steering wheel is done in an “Old School” retro style using modern aluminum that captures the classical “banjo” styling with the famous “V-8" logo in the center. Ample passenger comfort is delivered by an air-conditioning system, using modern R134A refrigerant. Additional airflow is available on command with a set of power-operated front windows.

An unqualified favorite among its recent owners, this outstanding 1951 Ford Custom continues to benefit from its custom build, with only sparing use since it was completed. Thanks to proper care and maintenance, it remains in turn-key, ready-to-go condition. For the new owner of this Club Coupe, there will be many enjoyable drives, cruises, and shows ahead, with all eyes focused on this sweet little “shoebox” Ford.

1951 Ford Custom Coupe
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