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Prewar Survivor: 1941 Ford Two Door Sedan

Flathead powered Fords have seen a resurgence in popularity in the last decade thanks in part to events like The Race of Gentlemen and the rise in interest of “traditional” hot rods. If you are looking for a flathead powered car that won’t break the bank, this 1941 Ford Two-Door Sedan might be the perfect project for you! Judging by the registration sticker and plates, this car seems to have been sitting since 1976. The car, located in Mertztown, PA for $5,250, can be found here on craigslist. Thanks to Russell Glantz for the tip!

The 1941 Ford was a completely new look and design for the Ford passenger line, introducing new trim levels, keeping the Standard, adding the Special, continuing the Deluxe, and adding the new Super Deluxe. The body, chassis, and many other components were all new with this model year. Ford now offered an L-head straight 6 cylinder motor as the low price option and continued offering the well known “24” stud 221 cubic inch flathead V8. The latter is the engine this car is equipped with, although it has a bad piston according to the seller. If you would like to learn more about the 1941 Ford, this video here on YouTube contains a promotional film by Ford.

This 1941 Ford is the Two Door Deluxe, the mid-range option offered; you can tell by looking at the emblem on the horn button. This one also comes with the original V8, but it has a bad piston so the seller offers a 1949 Mercury engine for an additional $1,750. The stock 239 cubic inch Mercury flathead has a rated 15 horsepower over the original engine, which may or may not be actually noticeable. The body is said to be solid and from the pictures looks very good, with only some surface rust and good paint. With some buffing, the paint might be brought back, and if it is original, it would be a shame to do anything else. The interior appears to be passable but shows a lot of use and could use a deep clean if the new owner wants to keep it.

This Ford definitely needs some work, however, it could be a great project for someone looking to get started on flathead Fords. The extra engine gives a potential buyer options and the seemingly good body, plus the originality makes this car a tempting buy. It will likely need the brakes and electrical system to go through as well. 1941 Fords also have some parts which the later ’42-’48s do not have, which may complicate things if the car needs more work. Still, if you have a soft spot for these fat fender Fords and have been looking to get your hands on one, this project might be perfect for you. Do you think this is a solid buy, or would you look for a running and driving example instead?


  1. Keith Scott

    If it were over here in OZ I would be on it in a flash. The price would be nearly triple in Aussie Dollars, but still, it would be worth it.

  2. Joe Haska

    The 41 Ford has never been one of the most popular years and being a sedan doesn’t help. The good news is it does make it more affordable. The $5250 asking price is probably about right. A number of years ago, I bought a 46, running driving sedan for that number. Since it is complete, but needs everything, the buyer should give it allot of thought and maybe consider a lower offer.

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  3. Johnmloghry Johnmloghry

    A bad piston isn’t necessarily the end of the engine. If the block is still rebuildable it would be worth it to keep numbers matching. Not sure why, but that means something in the market.
    God bless America

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  4. kenn

    I agree with you, johnmloghry. I can’t understand the importance to so many here on “numbers matching”. Lots of time even the “original miles”, since so many vehicles seem to be destined to be parked and viewed rather than driven and enjoyed.

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