Quonset Hut Find: 1950 Ford Custom Convertible Project – Sold!
If you’re looking for an early fifties “Shoebox” Ford Convertible project car as the base for your next build or restoration, this claimed one- owner 1950 Custom Deluxe Convertible parked since 1970 on Craigslist in an undisclosed corrugated metal Quonset building in Morristown, New Jersey might fit the bill. The seller is currently asking $8,000, which a quick check of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms is $4,500 less than the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $12,500 and we do note that prices for these early 50’s Fords have been on the decline as of late, so remind the seller of that when you try to negotiate.
The car that saved Ford. That’s what the 1949-1951 Fords are often referred to as they were the first all-new American automobile design introduced following the end of World War II. The slab-sided, “ponton” design, often credited both for saving Ford and ushering in modern streamlined car design with changes such as integrated fenders. Ford completely redesigned its namesake with a modern ladder frame finally incorporating a modern coil spring independent suspension in front and longitudinal semi-elliptical leaf springs in the rear. Designers moved the engine forward to provide more passenger room. While the straight six and 226 cubic inch inline six and 239 cubic inch flathead V8s remained, power delivery was now through a modern drive shaft. For 1950 while the styling remained essentially the same, Ford renamed the trim lines, with “Standard” becoming “Deluxe” and “Custom” renamed “Custom Deluxe.”
With a desirable black over oxblood red color combination, flathead V8 powertrain, and some original paperwork, this Custom Deluxe could go either the restoration or rat rod path. While 15-20 years ago had someone found this car then it likely would have received a full restoration, with prices for these early 50’s Ford on the decline you may want to work on rebuilding the fuel and brake systems, throw on a set of tires, clean off the 50 years of dust, and enjoy it as. Whichever path you decide, good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Real Barn Find! This is a 1 owner car. Parked in garage in 1970. Hasn’t moved in 50 years. original black with blood red interior. flathead V8 and 3 speed. Needs restoration. have original paperwork from dealer in 1950. some rust, but not a clapped out car. Mostly original paint. 973-214-3407“
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