AJ’s Car of the Day: 1949 Ford Custom Club Coupe

AJ’s Car of the Day: 1949 Ford Custom Club Coupe

Car: Ford Custom Club Coupe

Year: 1949

What makes it special: The 1949 Ford was the first all-new automobile design introduced by the Big Three after World War II, civilian production having been suspended during the war, and the 1946-1948 models from Ford, GM, and Chrysler being updates of their pre-war models. 

What made it famous: Popularly called the “Shoebox Ford” for its slab-sided, “Ponton” design, the 1949 Ford is credited both with saving Ford and ushering in modern streamlined car design with changes such as integrated fenders and more. This design would continue through the 1951 model year, with an updated design offered in 1952. The exception being its drive-train, this was an all-new car in every way, with a modern ladder frame now supporting a coil spring independent suspension in front and longitudinal semi-elliptical springs in back. The engine was moved forward to make more room in the passenger compartment and the antiquated “torque tube” was replaced by a modern drive shaft. Ford’s popular 226 cu in “L-head” straight-6 and 239 cu in “Flathead” V8 remained, now rated at 90 hp and 100 hp 

Why I would want one: Just as Chevrolet is famous for their “Tri-Five” ( 1955, 1956 and 1957 ) years, Ford is just as famous for their “Shoebox” years. These are great for custom or hot rod mods.

Fun fact: The styling was influential on many European manufacturers, such as Mercedes Benz, Borgward, Austin, Volvo and many others.

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