1951 Ford Victoria

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

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Fort Worth, TX



Year 1951
Mileage 3188
Engine 8
Doors 2
Transmission Manual
Make Ford
Model Victoria

Victoria 1951

Title Status --
Exterior Color Black
Interior Color Black


There are still plenty of interesting classic cars out there that don't cost much money, yet look like a million bucks. Take a look at this handsome 1951 Ford Victoria, which is a very attractive hardtop body style powered by a legendary Flathead V8, features a gorgeous white-on-black color combination, and sports a no-frills attitude that's incredibly refreshing today. Not over-done, not modified, just a very nice, clean little Shoebox Ford that still has all that Flathead magic under the hood.

The colors are Sungate Ivory over Raven Black, and the combination works rather well on this neat Ford coupe. Representing the final year of the 1st generation, slab-sided, 'ponton' design, the 1949-51 Ford are largely credited with saving Ford from the brink of extinction. Believe it or not, the Blue Oval was that close to shuttering its doors, but this modern streamlined design with its integrated fenders, heavy bumpers, and 'Bullitt-nose' grille (although the 1951 facelift actually featured a dual-bullet grille) brought Ford back to prominence. Cars like this 1951 Victoria were extra important, as they were higher-end models specifically produced to rival the popular Plymouth Belvedere and Chevrolet Bel Air, consequently kicking off a competition between the Big Three automakers that would last for decades. They were an instant hit and outsold Chevy and Mopar straight away, highlighted by that very modern, sleek hardtop Victoria look with its split front windshield, wrap-around rear window, and abundance of chrome. The restoration on this Shoebox is more than a few years old, but it's holding up well and the car wears an honest, driver-quality look that's certainly appropriate for Ford's best-seller. It's affordable, but that doesn't mean you need to put up with second-rate bodywork and cut corners, although there are a few signs of use and age that are all but unavoidable. The bodywork is nicely done, and you'll note that the slab-sided panels show none of the usual ripples and waves. Gaps are good and the panel alignment is decent overall, suggesting a car that didn't need major reconstructive surgery when it was restored. The front and rear bumpers are in decent shape as well and the rest of the brightwork has been shine up and looks quite correct against the handsome black paint.

The understated yet beautifully designed interior is comfortable and ready to hit the road, with two-tone black-and-white vinyl in the original patterns adorning the seats and door panels. The wide front bench shows minor signs of use and age, while the rear shows hardly any wear at all, and both are adorned with tuxedo-style upholstery that wears like iron. The door panels were upholstered to match, with a nice combination of the exterior paints on the window sill and striking chrome accents and hardware. All the original instrumentation is complete, highlighted by a big speedometer front and center with auxiliary dials and controls in a mesh-like insert that covers most of the dash, and please take a moment to note the cool round indicator needle on the speedo itself. A Magic Air heater box was attached under the dash right where it belongs, and there's an original AM radio in the center of the dash. Three-on-the-tree shifting retains a period feel, so getting behind the wheel delivers an authentic experience that's easy to get accustomed to. That dual-ring steering wheel is a precursor to some of the absolute beauties Ford would design in the future, and the surprisingly sizable trunk features a thick mat and full-sized matching spare tire.

Traditional power comes from a dressed-to-stock 239 inch Flathead 8BA V8 that could easily be the car's original powerplant. Other than the Optima battery and aftermarket horns, everything is bone-stock under the hood, from the 2-barrel carburetor and oil bath air cleaner up top, to the massive generator in front and Flathead cylinder heads at the flanks. Lots of goldish-brown paint and proper details make it an engine bay you'll enjoy showing off, and a weekend spent cleaning things up would easily kick things up a notch if trophy hunting is the goal. An upgraded dual exhaust system with glasspack mufflers was fitted underneath, so it purrs and cackles in proper flathead fashion, exiting underneath the rear chrome bumper. The undercarriage isn't detailed, but it shows off an incredibly solid frame and floorpans, and with independent coil springs up front and upgraded shocks out back, you can carry friends and their gear without hammering the rear bumper on driveways. Stock wheels with bright 'Full Moon' hubcaps and wide whitewall radials complete the 1950s look, showing one and all that nothing's been overlooked in this car.

Entry-level cars are out there and you don't need to start with a project or a goofy '70s 4-door. Get a '50s Ford with a lot of panache instead and call today!


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