1953 Ford Customline V8

* Please note- Vehicle registration on photos is no longer in use, the vehicle's registration is now IG 5084, as per the V5 in the gallery.

HIGHLIGHTS


  • Last year of the V8 Flathead
  • Comes from a dry climate
  • Jet age styling
  • Extensive recommissioning done by previous owner
  • Now UK registered with period plate


THE APPEAL


This first-generation Ford Customline 2 door Sedan was one of the best all-around vehicles of its day in America mixing style and luxury. 

Although the range started in 1952, this 1953 model had restyled front end features a full-width grille bar.

The Customline became the company's mid-market entry, and it featured a more modern style than other competitors at the time. It came with a wraparound windscreen, curved rear glass, and more ornamentation to break up the earlier shoebox style of vehicles on the road. 

There were 761662 units made in the years it was in production.

The build quality was the best of its day. Hull tight construction sealed out water, dust, and drafts. Body bolts are rubber cushioned, joints were welded, soldered and plastic sealed for extra life.

This was the last year Ford made the robust V8 flathead engine which was smooth and spirited and able to happily cruise all day on the freeways keeping their occupants comfortable and arrive at their destinations in style.

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THE HISTORY AND PAPERWORK


  • Originally from California
  • Imported to Dublin Ireland in 2007
  • The NOVA import documents applied for
  • Full historic professional respray 
  • Fully registered for use in the UK

The previous owner sourced a lot of materials from America and did a comprehensive rebuild using as many genuine parts as possible to keep the vehicle authentic.



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THE INTERIOR


  • Original seat covers with Ford Crestmark badge
  • Recovered headliner with matching fabric
  • Tactile Bakelite and chrome dials
  • Contrasting darker green paintwork on the trims
  • Side tilting front seat for easy rear access

In 1953, the Ford Motor Co. (founded 1903) marked its golden anniversary models with a commemorative steering wheel medallion which this car displays.

The interior is in good condition with just a few signs of wear to the upholstery, mainly on the driver’s top seat section where it has become threadbare. The carpets have all recently been replaced and are custom made to fit, there is sound deadening under the carpets which keep the car quieter on the road. 

The other insulation was advanced at the time such as fibreglass filled in the headlining but we’re quite sure that was replaced with more modern sound deadening materials when the headliner was redone. 

The dashboard and door tops have contrasting green metallic paint complimenting the lighter body colour. The boot area is clean and dry.

Other details such as the power pivot clutch and brake pedals make for easier operation when driving.

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THE EXTERIOR


  • Revised wrap around grill
  • Lots of brightwork
  • Attractive pastel green colour
  • Jet inspired trim down the side of the car
  • Afterburner style rear lights
  • Popular 2 door version

The bodywork appears straight with all the panel gaps looking even. The paintwork is in sound condition, there are some signs of discolouration coming from the joints under the doors and a few blemishes on the door bottoms. 

The guttering at the edge of the roof to the front has had some work on in the past.

The brightwork, (which there is a lot of apart from the hood ornament) shows only slight pitting and could be made to shine by the next owner.

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THE MECHANICALS


  • Husky K-Bar frame for greater rigidity
  • Counterbalanced hinges on the boot and bonnet
  • The flathead V8, punches out 110 hp
  • Power steering became a welcome option in this model year
  • Stainless steel exhaust
  • Undersealed

There was work done to the engine by the previous owner and the popular V8 Flathead engine that started the hot rod phenomenon looks well in the clean engine bay.

The vendor states the mechanicals work as they should, and all the dials and switches are operational too. The custom gear-lever has a slick movement and looks very stylish with a stainless-steel ball attached to a rigid gooseneck style shaft.

Steering the car is made lighter by the power assisted steering, which was the first Customline model to have it fitted as standard.

The vehicle is fitted with a converted 4 speed manual gearbox.

Underneath the car appears very clean and a lot of work has been done by the previous owner. Along with the new stainless-steel exhaust, a lot of attention has been given to the suspension and weatherproofing.

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SUMMARY


The Ford Customline epitomised the dawn of the jet age style car. 

It’s fresh, modern looks and superb ride opened up a whole new world for lucky owners in the 1950’s. This vehicle is a real survivor and ready to be enjoyed.  The vendor feels it only needs small cosmetic work to bring it up to a high standard. 

The vendor is also happy to arrange transport to the mainland for the purchaser at a fixed cost of just £200.


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1953
  • Make Ford
  • Model Customline V8
  • Colour Green
  • Odometer 47,313 Miles
  • Engine size 3523
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Northern Ireland
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
18 bids
  • shaneyp•••• £9,800 09/08/22
  • mason.f•••• £9,500 09/08/22
  • shaneyp•••• £9,100 09/08/22
  • mason.f•••• £8,500 09/08/22
  • shaneyp•••• £8,100 09/08/22
  • mason.f•••• £7,500 09/08/22
  • shaneyp•••• £7,100 09/08/22
  • 427_kms•••• £6,500 08/08/22
  • shaneyp•••• £6,100 08/08/22
  • neznoz7•••• £5,300 08/08/22

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