Speedy Sleeper: 1948 Ford Super DeLuxe Mild Custom

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September 13, 2023 Update – The high bid did not meet the seller’s reserve price, so we’ve moved this vehicle to our “Buy Now Make Offer” page.  Click the blue button above or below to navigate to this ride’s bid page, where you can either select the green “Buy Now” button or place a realistic counteroffer in the “Bid” box.

GuysWithRides.com is pleased to offer Lot 254, a restored and lightly modified 1948 Ford Super Deluxe Two-Door Coupe, in an online reserve-price auction on behalf of the current caretaker.

Bidding opens Wednesday, August 30, 2023, and closes at 3:00 PM EDT on Wednesday, September 13, 2023.

This 1948 Ford Super Deluxe Two Door Coupe currently resides in Chittenango, New York.

The Deets

Year 1948
Make Ford
Model Super Deluxe Two Door Coupe
Location Chittenango, NY
Mileage 33,126 (TMU)
Exterior Color Burgundy
Interior Color Gray Mohair
Engine 255 cu in Mercury Flathead V8
Transmission 3-Speed Manual
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel Gas

High Bid: $3,000 (Reserve Not Met)

The 1948 Super Deluxe Two-Door Coupe was the final model year for Ford’s upscale model, launched in 1941.  The 1941 design would continue in an aborted 1942 model year and would be restarted in 1946 and produced until the fall of 1948 when the more modern “Shoebox” 1949 Fords launched.

The two previous Ford car lines, Standard and De Luxe, had blossomed into three: Special, De Luxe, and Super De Luxe.  The popular 90 horsepower 221 cubic inch V8 remained the top-line engine in Super De Luxe models.

The “ignition key” for these cars was actually used to operate a bolt lock which, on one end, unlocked the steering column (a feature destined to return, mandated, decades later), and on the other end, unblocked the ignition switch, allowing it to be operated. Starting the car was then accomplished by pressing a pushbutton on the dashboard, another feature destined to return with the advent of “smart keys.”

Although electric starters had replaced starting cranks for decades, Ford cars included a manual starting feature until 1948 as an antidote to the dead-battery syndrome. The wheel-lug wrench served as a handle (also for the jack), and the jackshaft with bayonet-coupling pins could be inserted through a small hole in the grille to engage a bayonet socket on the forward end of the engine crankshaft. A quick-and-easy twist of the handle was sufficient to start the flat head V8, and the bayonet coupling was self-disengaging for safety.

With Ford in financial chaos during this period, sales fell well behind Chevrolet.  Ford’s output for 1948 was 430,198 vehicles, only about 62% of Chevrolet’s output, and Plymouth came close to knocking Ford from second place with an output of 412,540 vehicles.

We will have more details about this specific Ford Two-Door Special Deluxe before the start of its auction on Wednesday, so please check back very soon!

To help you make informed bids, we’re providing a link to Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, that provides a summary of other recently sold Big Dog motorcycle models.

If you have any questions about this mildly modified 1948 Ford Super Deluxe Two-Door Coupe for sale, please comment below or call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking and happy bidding!


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