Hidden Hot Rod: 1939 Ford Deluxe 92A Four-Door Convertible – Sold?

by | Apr 2022 | Classifinds, Topless Thursday

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May 11, 2022, Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

April 5, 2022 Update – The seller just replaced their expiring listing with a new Craigslist ad.  The new listing utilizes the same pictures, description, and asking price of $35,500.

Relatively speaking, within the small population of 1930s four-door convertible sedans, Ford’s V8-powered Deluxe line, with approximately 3,500 produced, is arguably the most common within that cohort.  A prime example is this mildly hot-rodded, cranberry-over-light brown 1939 Ford Deluxe four-door convertible sedan originally listed on Craigslist in April 2022 in Aberdeen, Washington (Seattle). Featuring a flathead V8 and a dropped front axle, this stock-looking ride is actually a mild hot rod in disguise.

Currently offered for a reduced price of $35,500, comparing that ask against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Ford Deluxe priced between this guide’s #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $22,200 and its #3 “Good” appraisal of $36,900.

For the three model years between 1937 and 1939, Ford offered two model lines in a dizzying array of body styles based on the flathead V8 the car was equipped with.  For 1939 85 hp V-8 equipped cars were labeled Model 92A and 60 hp V-8 cars used the Model 91A designation.  For 1939 Deluxe models used a low pointed grille with heavier vertical slats, while the standard Ford had a higher grille with horizontal dividers. Designers moved the headlights farther apart, sitting almost in front of the wheels. The side grilles and louvers were removed in favor of chrome strips on the Deluxe models. The “alligator” hood opened deep from the top of the grille back, eliminating the side panels found on previous models.  Mechanically, 1939 was the year Ford introduced hydraulic brakes on their cars.

We came across this video of a similar 1938 model to give you a sense of what these Fords look and drive like:

We like how this 1939 Ford Deluxe four-door convertible features a number of mild hot hod touches that are not noticeable until you inspect the car up close.

Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Uber cool and rare only 3500 made. Mild hot rod with a dropped front axle, dual exhaust, Walker radiator, tucked bumpers, and big and little steelies with fat white walls. The flat head runs very well and it’s been on a handful of trips this summer and cruising 55 and 60 down the road is no problem. Trans brakes steering is all good and the convertible top is in very nice condition. The paint is older but still shows very well and the interior is very nice. This is for sale by the owner. Call with any questions.

Do you have a four-door Ford convertible story to share?  If so, comment below and let us know!

1 Comment
  1. Hidden Hot Rod: 1939 Ford Deluxe 92A Four-Door Convertible – Sold?

    I have a 4 door 39 that I’m thinking about selling. Total restoration with Chevy 350 and automatic. Has been appraised at 52k. Would sell for 40k to start a 1940 coupe.


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