We often see barn finds that are worn down and left to rot but every now and then, we get to find amazing barn finds that are still in its original condition that has been well preserved through time. It becomes a greater barn find when it’s more than a century old but with a very low mileage.
A perfect example is this original 1951 Ford Deluxe Convertible with 39,127 original miles and a “spectacular survivor that runs and drives like new,” according to its seller.
This 1951 Ford convertible is probably the one of the most preserved barn find in the history of barn finds, it still starts and drives. The dealer from Macedonia, Ohio, is generous enough to give important details about the history and condition of the car.
A find as original as this one is very rare, probably even once in a lifetime. The door isn’t jammed and the locks work perfectly. The trims are all where they should be. This convertible certainly has the authentic feel of an original on restored classic. This is why unrestored original cars are very special, they are the true examples of how great vintage cars were back in the golden age of automobiles.
The ragtop of this convertible has been maintained so well that still has some of its original glow. Although it is not indicated that this convertible only had one owner, it is safe to assume that it only had one owner when you consider its pristine condition. The Hawthorne Green Metallic finish also shines like new and perfectly matches the intact shiny chrome works. All of the interior parts are working as well which includes the AM radio, clock, and locks. The leather seats are showing some stains after years of use. “The back seat shows some age, but little wear, and like the front seat, replacing it would probably be a crime,” according to the seller. The original paint looks great that no repaint can ever replace. “There’s a soft shine that only original paint can offer, and the remarkable lack of nicks, scrapes, and other signs of use is a testament to both the low mileage and the outstanding care that the car has received all its life,” the seller added.
The trunk seems to be newly reworked and features a very rare original cocoa mat. The top has also been replaced at some point in time. The 239 cid flathead V8 is in great condition and it does not have any weird noise while idling. The engine idles silently at almost 500 rpm and will always start with no trouble, even if it has been left cold.
The images clearly show that well-preserved condition of the car and the seller assures that everything under the hood is as clean as the exterior. Although the copper paint on the engine is not clear it if is original, it does match really well with the car.
“The copper engine enamel was probably freshened at some point, but then again, maybe not because this is a low-mileage survivor that has enjoyed the best of care since new. It wears correct Ford script hoses, correct plug wires, and even the hose clamps are factory-issue,” described in the ad.
The 1951 Ford Deluxe convertible is one of the shoebox cars that was famous in the 50s. The shoebox-style is a favorite for both custom builders and collectors. This car’s original pristine condition was never tainted and should be kept that way.
Of course, it’s no surprise that this awesome barn find will also have a high price tag of $39,900 but for such a classic ride, it’s very reasonable. Although 1951 Fords are not really rare, but this one certainly is. “Please, go drive all the others, then come try this one on for size, because the difference between even a restored car and this remarkable survivor will really open your eyes,” the seller added. “A car that has been loved this much rises to the top of the field, and the next owner will be sure to love it just as much.”
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