Saturday, July 4, 2015

Freedom Shoebox: 1949 Ford Standard

The '49 Shoebox Ford was the first new design launched by the big three after the end of World War II.  It showed an optimistic view of the future from a country that had just turned the tide in the largest conflict this world has known -- and it was worlds ahead of the '41 Ford in terms of technology, build quality, and looks.  Find this 1949 Ford Standard here on eBay bidding for $7,877.77 with a few hours to go, located in Kingsport, TN.

The pontoon fender styled '49 Ford is instantly recognizable by anyone with the slightest automobile knowledge.  The front features a central bullet element in the center of a frowny face grill and two prominent headlights.

Power in this Shoebox comes from the standard 3.7 liter L-head inline-6 and it was rated at 95 horsepower and 180 ft-lbs of torque -- a number that was comically close to the 100 hp from the "upgrade" 3.9 liter flathead V8. 

Happy 4th of July!  See a more patriotic classic?


  1. Flatheads only came in cubic inches. Also, there is no metric system allowed on the 4th of july.

    1. "Where in the course of human events it becomes necessary to throw off the Whitworth..."

      (remember, the metric system as we know it was an invention of the Revolutionary French, if they'd had their way we'd all be finding Prairal and Germinal on our calendars...)


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