True Barn Find: 1941 Ford Special Deluxe

With a great business coupe appearance, this 41 Ford Super Deluxe is thought to be an extremely low mileage survivor. Supposedly this Ford was driven up until 1958, after which it appears to have been stored. Somewhere thereafter the car wound up being stored inside of a Ford Dealership before closing its doors. Now, this sweet Ford is up for a Buy It Now price of $16,500. Check it out here on eBay out of California, Missouri. Thanks to Ikey for sharing this solid Ford Survivor!

While the odometer does reflect a low number, it is difficult to prove the mileage on this machine. Now granted, there is a lot of good with this Ford, but interior photos would have been helpful, as would engine bay photos. The interior is in unknown condition but based on the faux painted dash, I would guess that the interior is quite dusty, but looks as if it would clean up reasonably.

Currently, not in running condition, there is no real information given on the operational condition of this Ford. I would assume that the entire fuel system needs to be revived, along with the brake system, and the engine itself. I would assume, and hope, that the engine still holds some life after its lengthy storage.

While this car is claimed to have spent the last 30 years indoors, it is clear that this Ford has been exposed to the elements before or after that period. While the body appears quite straight, there is certainly surface rust to contend with. The driver side appears worse off on the subject of surface rust, but there is still plenty on the passenger side as well. The chrome bumpers while straight hold a solid level of pitting. Also, the passenger side taillight is missing. The upper body trim is either rusted or painted, I cannot completely tell. Despite these more minor concerns, this Ford could be made into a complete running project assuming that the engine is in as good of health as we are all wishing for. Would you buy this low mileage Ford for the posted Buy It Now price?

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  1. geomechs geomechs Member

    Nice car! I would love to have this one at my place. I question the Special Deluxe claim as it looks pretty standard to me. The listing says it’s a six cylinder. 1941 was the first year that Ford offered a six. Henry resisted that as long as he could. The six actually came about because of a military spec that called for a six. Henry, who loathed sixes, finally agreed (or lose out in a military contract). The six was a good move from the getgo. It was five CID larger than the V8 and it had a lot of torque. This would be a great project to get back in shape. Looks like a re-spray would be in order…

  2. Fred W

    Super Deluxe had twin side grilles that were chromed, like the couple listed a few hours ago. Currently at $7000, it looks potentially like a better deal.

  3. Mike

    Black with plain hubcaps looks way better than a street rod version painted metallic root beer, billet wheels & do-dads and an interior that will go stale trend wise in a few years.

  4. 86_Vette_Convertible

    Another bootleggers beauty! Every time I see one like this for some reason I think of Thunder Road. It’s a beauty definitely worth saving and hope it’s back on the road soon.

  5. Howard A Member

    Rum runners car of choice. The late, great Junior Johnson drove a 1940, I believe. I read, they put steel bars instead of shocks, so the cars wouldn’t sag, multiple carbs, even superchargers. Some over 300 hp. Couple that with a Columbia 2 speed rear, cop radios in their infancy, not much could catch them. Being a tad of an outlaw myself, in my younger days, I bet that was fun. Should be no wonder where Hollywood gets their ideas from. Little banjo music, please,,

  6. Little_Cars Little_Cars Member

    Speaking of the war effort, I wonder if the chrome side trim and side grilles lost their plating due to the quality of chrome for 1941-1945? Or maybe never had it?

    • DMeister

      The Special never had it.

  7. DMeister

    This ’41 is a “Special” with the 226 I6 @ 90 hp. A base model with very little chrome and I see no evidence that it ever had a passenger tail lamp. The three models for ’41 were, Special, DeLuxe, and Super DeLuxe.

  8. Joe. Haska

    I am thinking this car might have been a very late build, possibly one of the last 41’s and after WW II started. It is definetly not a DeLuxe and very stripped down similar to what the limited number of 42’s. Ford was know for doing some strange things at the end of model year ,especially before and after WWII.

  9. Peter Atherton

    Definitely not a Super Deluxe;6 cylinder, no right side tail light ,no chrome fender trim, no bumper guards, basic upholstery…a real “salesman special”.

  10. Del

    Nice car.

    None runner.

    7 grand tops

  11. Bob McK Member

    79 years old and was inside for 30 years. Does that mean it was outside for 49 years? No interior pictures, no engine pictures, no chassis pictures and he wants 16.5 large! I bought a phenomenal 38 Buick Sport Coupe that I could drive home and was in really nice condition for 8 large. Sorry, this is a 5 thousand dollar car. This is a business coupe that was drive for 17 years and it only has 5000 miles on it?

  12. SG Member

    Yeah Bo McK, I know exactly what you are saying. Business coupe, driven all over the place for 17 years, those must have been really small trips lol. 105,000 or maybe even 205,000.
    At this point it doesn’t matter though. Having been parked for decades it will need everything done to it.
    As far as I am concerned, it is a very solid looking start for a project. Still very likable, no matter what the history is. The price is not nearly as likable lol.

  13. Kenn

    Yeah,no way that’s the correct mileage. Once again – and I know I sound like a broken record – but the odometer numbers aren’t perfectly lined up, which they would be if all they did was roll forward. Going backward is what messes them up.
    But I’ll bet the change was made back when the car could have demanded more $ with lower mileage as a “normal” used car. Now, it’s an antique, and it doesn’t make much difference as would be the case if it was a rare, valuable antique. ie: Forget the mileage, buy it for what it is.

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