Classic Vintage Ford Coupe Flathead V8

This 1949 Ford Coupe has a bright look, vintage style, and a strong-running flathead V8. It makes for the kind of clean and complete classic that lets you turn back the clock without breaking the bank.

This car brings together the right iconic elements. The ’49 Ford Is cherished for being the first true post-war design, and the coupe body remains the sought-after version thanks to a well-proportioned style. The teal blue paint on this one has a radiant look that doesn’t look out of place on a car like this. After all, it represents the post-war cheery optimism, and they got the details right with the color-matched wheels behind the two-piece trim. And speaking of trim, the side trim is particularly attractive with the way it shows off the straightness of the body panels. The bullet-nose grille, wraparound chrome bumpers, and special hood ornament with lucite insert are all part of the details that keep this an icon.

The interior has been given some investments to be fresh and attractive, but never lose that vintage feeling. For example, the seats retain the classic bench style, but the newer covers with turquoise blue cloth inserts add color and comfort. The door panels were also done to match to give this a very uniform feeling. The dash has a cool art deco look, and there are factory items kept for display, like the AM radio and heater. So it’s a great vintage presentation. And the dual-spoke steering wheel just seems to have the right feel to put you in touch with the generations of drivers that came before you.

The correct-style presentation continues under the hood. The 239 cubic-inch flathead V8 is nicely detailed with the correct oil-bath air cleaner, and the radiator hoses are so crisp, they look like they are diving into the motor. But more than just looking good, the flathead is a great engine for enjoying classic motoring. This example fires up nicely, the dual exhaust gives you a little extra rumble, and the three-speed manual transmission lets you control that soundtrack while also giving it a powerful feeling around town.

Price: $24,995

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Location: La Vergne, Tennessee, United States