1951 Ford Custom DeLuxe V-8 Convertible50,000-70,000 USD - Estimate

1951 Ford Custom DeLuxe V-8 Convertible

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To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' Hershey event, 10 - 11 October 2019.
Estimate:
$50,000 - $70,000


Offered from the collection of Jack Dunning
Well-maintained older restoration in Coral Flame
Correct LeBaron-Bonney interior
One of Mr. Dunning’s favorite automobiles to drive

Ford’s convertible was one of the best-selling soft tops in the country for 1951, with sales of 40,924 examples. This was Ford’s flagship model, and despite being costly to design and build, it was an image maker for the company. It brought folks into Ford showrooms, even if they drove home in a basic Fordor sedan. As the top of the line, it came only with Ford’s 100 hp flathead V-8 as standard equipment. Convertibles featured a hydraulic power top for added convenience—the switch was located at the lower edge of the steering column just to the left of the steering wheel.

The Dunning Collection’s Custom DeLuxe convertible, finished in the Coral Flame color unique to this body style, was acquired from a museum some years ago. Mr. Dunning proceeded to have the engine rebuilt completely by the late John Forsythe at Fremont Auto Parts in Fremont, Ohio, while his own shop rebuilt the transmission and clutch and fitted an overdrive. The top was replaced, and the interior was reupholstered with correct LeBaron-Bonney materials; the front seat is leather and the rear seat vinyl, which is as the factory did it in 1951. Mr. Dunning also rewired the entire car, so that the power top works properly and the Ford would be a reliable driver.

Indeed, this is one of Mr. Dunning’s favorite automobiles for taking out and using around town, and it has been maintained as a good-running highway car. It would be very enjoyable for the next owner on various AACA and VMCCA touring events, as well as simply for going out for ice cream on a summer evening.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/hf19.

Reference Number 588020

as of 9/19/2019

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