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Fans of American cars of the 1930s know well that the 1939 Fords, including the 1939 Ford Deluxe, adopted hydraulic brakes. After years of stubbornly resisting this advance in engineering as market rivals Plymouth and then Chevrolet adopted it, Henry Ford abruptly reversed course in time for “juice brakes” to be applied to most ’39 Ford Motor Company cars.
In an effort to improve cooling to the L-head 221-cid V-8 standard in premium DeLuxe models, the frontal area of the radiator was increased. The engine itself, conservatively rated at 85 bhp, was upgraded with larger bearings and a heavier crankshaft that now drove the engine fan. Deeper springs were part of newly constructed seats.
Other elements of the 1939 Ford Deluxe’s included traditional torque-tube drive and transverse leaf springs front and rear. The 112-inch wheelbase had been in place since 1933.
Though DeLuxe’s were dressed in sleek new frontal styling, bodies were essentially carried over from 1938. Non-sealed beam headlights and windshields that popped open at the bottom for ventilation (on closed bodies) were both putting in their final appearances. So were the rumble seat (found only on the convertible coupe) and the four-door convertible body.
Our 1939 Ford Deluxe 4 door Sedan has a solid body and restored front and rear seats. The flathead 8 has been rebuilt and the car runs and drives beautifully – Combine these features with the rarity of this model and you have yourself a fine example for an incredible price!