There's a reason why you don't see too many of these 1939 Ford Deluxe Phaetons anymore. These were one of the most expensive Fords around, and since it was near the end of The Depression, few people went to the expense. They sold so few that the body style didn't even return for the next year. So you've got awesome rarity even before you take a look at the true classic style, flathead V8 power, overdrive setup, and awesome cruising attitude of this rare vintage drop-top treat.
This is the kind of classic where it all comes together. The 1939 DeLuxe model year was a legendary one where the teardrop headlight and pointed grille became even bolder. And as we mentioned before, the Phaeton was so rare and expensive that it wasn't even offered during this full generation. So while Ford was into mass production in the 1930s, we'd be more likely to be comparing the beauty and production numbers to Duesenberg and Pierce Arrow (had they lived into 1939.) It's this level of rarity and elegance that helped keep this car so well respected over the years. The maroon paint has a nice gloss to highlight the curvy fenders. The full-length trim helps show off the good fit of all four doors. And the wheels look terrific with the classic white walls surrounding the color-matched steel units. It's a nice vintage style where it's quite attractive without feeling like a museum piece. It gives you the look of a good collector where it's about maintaining and not fidgeting.
You may have noticed something special about this Phaeton. The roof and windows are a bit more permanent than the side curtain setup of previous years. This one gives you the full body lines and roll-down windows you could get in a limo-like sedan. However, the top folds very compactly, and the B-pillar removes for a cleaner and sportier style than just your average convertible. This is the kind of premium setup you saw on upper-class cars like Packards. The interior will remind you a bit of a Packard, too, because there's a touch of upper-class feel from the clean brown upholstery, matching door panels, wood-like trim, a classic heater (for display), and the cool banjo-style steering wheel. It's pure vintage motoring cool.
The well-kept classic feeling continues under the hood. You have the correct-style 239 cubic-inch flathead V8. It has the right vintage style with details like the oil bath air cleaner, generator, and upgraded finned heads. But there are also the right cruiser upgrades, like a Mercury four-inch crank that's going to add power and displacement. There's also a 12-volt coil and dual-point ignition. The way this fires up and runs smoothly further reaffirms how special this example is. The floor-shifted three-speed manual transmission gives you full control of this V8 powerhouse. And the rear end was upgraded with a Colombia selectable overdrive unit that really makes this Phaeton a better cruiser.
Complete with the owner's manual, this is the '39 Ford icon you love with added rarity and drop-top fun. So if you want to cruise with distinction, call today!
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