Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
1941 Ford Business Coupe
In mid-September 1940, Henry Ford - in his last appearance at a new car introduction - received 500 reporters to see the new 1941 Ford models. True to form, he said little, but the car said a lot about the company's willingness to go with the flow. The 1941's were the first of the "fat" Fords, with a clean contemporary look that was right in tune with the era. Further, Ford now even offered a flathead six, a clear concession to the competition.
For consignment, a custom Ford Business Coupe. Slightly modded and upgraded, refreshed with new materials and designs, and an engine upgrade, (351ci Windsor), to make it loud and proud. An all-steel car, all buttoned up and shaved a touch in back for the aero look.
Bathed in teal blue, we see straight slab steel panels, rounded front quarters, and a small running board connecting to a smaller rear fender. Rounded is the key word for the design of this car from the front bumper to the rear bumper are nothing but curvaceous curves. The backs of said bumpers have been painted black and now show an interesting but unusual reflection in the front grille. It took me a while but 'tis the reflection of the back of the bumper in those grilles. A tall knobbed front hood, floats above the vertical ribbed V curved grille, and dual side grilles flanking it. Headlights are embedded into the front fenders and some chromed bullet style turn signals flanking the lights and are next to the grille. On the rear are a single round taillight with a trio pointed star bezel and insert and are drenched into the rear quarters on either side. A rounded trunk which is very spacious and also restored is between the tail lighting. Rounded corner side windows and a rear oval window are noted, cut onto the body. Just below the rear bumper are dual shiny tail pipes peeking out from underneath the bumper. 14 and 15 inch respectively body matching painted steel wheels have trim rings at their edge and a center moon cap. These are wrapped in wide whites all around.
A swing of the large doors and we can shake hands with a large white vinyl panel for the door complete with vertically ribbed tuck and roll inserts and smooth uppers with a black carpeted lower. The sills are painted the teal blue of the exterior. Looking towards the seats, we note white bolsters and white vinyl inserts. There is a framing of teal blue piping which adds a nice contrast to the white vinyl. The rear bench has been greatly reduced, and now is a low back bench with a large blue box covered with teal blue vinyl on the back of the seat, and the sill under the oval window. Towards the dash we scan a new metal body matching teal blue steel dash, complete with its original gauge cluster looking gold, aged and art deco styling. This runs the length of the dash and in the center is some horizontal ribbed grating . A trio of aftermarket gauges hangs below this nice dash. A Lokar shifter reaches for the driver's hand, and all this is floating in black carpeting. Above is a stitched broadcloth white headliner nice and tight.
A lift of the big bulbous hood, and we have engine bling bling blinding us. It's now a stout 351ci Windsor V8. This has beautifully cast valve coverings, and an Edelbrock intake manifold up top. Yellow wiring snakes its way to each cylinder, and nice supple hoses are all over this engine. The manifold has a 4-barrel carburetor topping it, and on back is a newer C4 3-speed automatic. A Ford 8-inch rear axle has been put on.
All very clean and rust free with a solid drilled X frame supporting the car with ease. Floor pans and rockers are excellent as are toe kicks and inner fenders. A transverse leaf spring, (Posie Spring), front end suspension and a leaf spring rear suspension are seen, as are disc brakes upfront and drum brakes on back. A clean and rust Glasspack style exhaust snakes its way from the engine to the rear and peeks out the underside on the rear with chromed tips.
A quick fire up and I was off to the test track where this car performed flawlessly. Plenty of power, seats were comfortable, and nice storage space if I needed it. This car corners well and comes to a quick stop. Steering is not power, but steers easily even in tight slow-moving spaces. All controls were in working order, and the engine idled with a wonderful gurgle, awaiting the tap of your right toe!
Here we have a custom car, modded with a beautiful looking and powerful 351 Windsor V8 engine, with added bling, eye candy interior and solid steel teal blue exterior in beautiful, sculpted round form. Even the glass is round, and all is well with this Business Coupe from 1941...but it can cut the mustard when needed. A sleeper?? Oh yeah!
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