During the early 1950s, Ford's Crestline was the company's top-of-the-range model, supported by the Customline and Mainline trims. This example has a modern surprise underneath that takes maximum advantage of what's under the hood. The body, trim, and underside are highly original and sold as they come
Made in Ford's Dallas, Texas factory (VIN code D) on August 28, 1952, this example is dressed in Sungate Ivory (code L) with a white, power-folding canvas top. It is one of 40,861 .....
examples made in 1953. The paint and trim are in overall excellent condition. The bodywork is straight and solid and the chrome bumpers look fantastic as well as fit tightly to the rest of the body. The engine bay is in excellent order and there's a rear-mounted spare tire carrier.
This car rolls on BFG Silvertown wide whitewall tires. Each one is mounted on wire wheels. All of the tires and wheels are in very good order. This car also featured a lowered suspension and rides on a 115-inch wheelbase.
Under the hood is a rebuilt 239 CID Flathead V-8 engine breathing through dual exhausts. This 24-stud motor has Edelbrock heads and intake manifold and a upgraded tri-carburetor set-up. The biggest surprise of this car may be what backs the motor, a modern Tremec five-speed manual transmission! There's also a 3.90:1 rear end. Driver convenience features include vintage air-conditioning, power steering and power brakes. With disc brakes, upgraded up front!
Inside, there is a green and tan interior. The front bench seat is in great shape as well as the rear. The black carpet is in very good order. There's a black, two-spoke steering wheel along with a green, metal dashboard and two-tone inner door panels. Speedo/Odo is inop. The dash and door panels are in very good order. A floor-mounted speed shift and a factory AM radio round out the interior.
The Crestline was updated with minor styling and trim changes for 1953. It retained its position as the top trim level in the Ford range while body styles and engine availability remained unchanged.
Convertible competition to this Crestline in 1953 included Chevrolet's Bel-Air and Plymouth's Cranbrook, plus Dodge's Coronet Convertible, Mercury's Monterey Custom Convertible, Oldsmobile's Super 88 Convertible and Pontiac's Chieftain 8 DeLuxe Convertible.
If you're interested in dipping your toes into the classic car universe, this Ford convertible might be a good entry point as a sleeper. It has had numerous upgrades and the five-speed stick combined with a modified V-8 engine lends a fun factor to this classic Ford. Or, if you're a Ford fan who does not mind some modern modifications, this Sunliner is not something to pass up. Stop by MotoeXotica Classic Cars today to check it out!
This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 83,930 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!
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