1952 Ford Customline

Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX

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Fort Worth, TX



Year 1952
Mileage 92200
Engine 100
Doors 2
Transmission Manual
Make Ford
Model Customline

Customline 1952

Title Status --
Exterior Color Tan
Interior Color Brown


Wow, what a rare sight this is. Usually, 'budget vintage' cars like this 1952 Ford Customline Club Coupe are full-blown survivors, or lightly restored examples meant to be driven only on the rarest of occasions. Whereas this example has been so beautifully and professionally attended to, so expertly restored, it's as if it drove straight out of a time machine. The result is a clean, dialed-in Ford Coupe that's got a new lease on life, and we're very excited about it.

Those stock colors are Desert Tan and Moroccan Brown, and they work rather well on this neat Ford coupe. Redesigned in 1952, the Fords had a very modern, sleek look and the club coupe with its wrap-around rear window was a sporting choice that still looks great today. The restoration on this little beauty is about 3 years old, and we can vouch for its re-doing because we actually sold it back 2014 before it got a new lease on life. Back then, it was just a solid old survivor with great bones, but now it's a tidy youngster ready to make some new memories. The sophisticated-looking two-tone paint was done well, not overly restored but rather finished to a strong driver-quality level that pretty much matches how the car looked when it was new. Except this time the materials used were modern and will therefore wear like iron, and even though there a couple minor signs of use here and there, this is a still a great-looking car. Bodywork is factory straight, and you'll note that the crease in the quarter panel above the fender is sharp, the gaps are precise, and the panel alignment is quite good overall, typical of a car that didn't need major reconstructive surgery. Last we saw this car the bumpers were painted, so obviously they've been to the chrome shop since, and they shine up brightly to match the profile trim and brightwork around all the brand new glass. Aviation styling comes through on the front grille and hood ornament, making this Club Coupe much more exciting than many of its contemporaries, and the blue dot taillights out back are period-correct and will make all the old-school guys smile when they see them.

The restored tan polyester interior has a very jaunty 1950s appeal to it, with striped seat covers and simple patterns throughout. Simplicity is a big part of the appeal inside, but the upholstery feels a lot more upscale than one might think, and when coupled with the mohair headliner and beautifully finished door panels, this car Ford feels a lot more expensive than it is. The steel dash and window moldings were painted Moroccan Brown to match the exterior, and the matching carpets that line the floors have a cut, pile, and loop to them that's closer to those that came later during the Tri-5 area, but a welcomed upgrade inside the tidy cabin nevertheless. A handsome steering wheel complete with a chrome horn ring and vintage spinner knob anchor the cockpit, with an orderly instrument panel featuring an arched speedometer housing that would set Ford's styling trends for the rest of the '50s. Three-on-the-tree shifting makes it fun to drive and the original AM radio, clock, and heater/defrost assembly all still live in the dash. There's a good-sized back seat, which was why it was called a "club coupe" and a spacious trunk with rubber mat and full-sized spare and jack-set make it a good choice for your next old car tour.

Most '52 Fords you see have a flathead V8, but in 1952, Ford introduced a thoroughly modern overhead-valve inline-six that displaced 215 cubic inches and made a robust 101 horsepower. That was nine fewer than the V8, but where the six excelled was in torque production and smoothness and this car doesn't give up anything to its 8-cylinder siblings. The engine was fully attended to during the restoration and the beautifully detailed with orange engine enamel, a gray valve cover, and large oil bath air cleaner, which is also fitted with a reproduction decal that completes the look. Parts are still easy to find and there's no question that this is a reliable powerplant, going about its business without complaint ever since it was restored back to an original 6-volt system and Holley 1-Barrel carburetor set-up. The steering is tight, the brakes feel great and were upgraded to a dual-reservoir master cylinder for added safety, and the 3-speed manual transmission was completely overhauled at the time of the restoration. A newer gas tank and exhaust system was fitted, and the undercarriage was neatly covered in thick undercoating material to protect it from any future harm. Steel wheels were painted a lovely butternut yellow and adorned with chrome beauty rings and Baby Moon hubcaps, and they're all wrapped in 215/75/15 whitewall radials that look fantastic.

Fully restored and ready for the road right now, this Customline Club Coupe is a very rare find that's easy to fall in love with. Maybe you could see yourself behind the wheel? Call today!


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