They may not be quite as common as they used to be, but we still see the occasional Ford from the ’30s, ’40s, or ’50s pop up for sale, oftentimes with tasteful modifications. Most recently, that list included a 1949 Ford Tudor with a 5.0L V8 Coyote swap, as well as an also-Coyote-powered 1957 Ford Custom 300. Now, those that have an affinity for curvy, vintage Blue Oval models have yet another one they can bid on – this very nice 1949 Ford Custom Tudor that’s currently up for auction at Bring a Trailer.
On the outside, this 1949 Ford Custom Tudor looks to be in mostly original condition, sporting nice blue paint, all of its original chrome and various trim pieces, and even a set of old fashioned 15-inch steel wheels with hubcaps in place, which are wrapped with American Classic whitewall tires. Though it looks quite nice and tidy as-is, the seller did note that a tree branch fell on the car way back in 2014, necessitating some repairs and a repaint.
Peek inside the cabin, and one will find more of the same, with a nice interior accented by textured white vinyl seats with blue piping. A gray-painted dash and door panels provide a little contrast, but there aren’t many amenities present here – just an AM radio, heater, analog clock, and the lone hint that something might be going on in terms of the car’s powertrain – an AutoMeter tachometer and voltmeter.
That is certainly true under the hood, as this 1949 Ford is powered by a 302 cubic-inch Ford Performance V8, which has been fortified with aluminum Edelbrock E-Street cylinder heads, an Edelbrock intake manifold, a Holley four-barrel carburetor, and tubular headers. The modern motor is mated to a Tremec three-speed manual transmission and a 9-inch rear end with 3.70 gears. Other mechanical upgrades include heavy-duty shocks, a sway bar, front disc brakes, and 11-inch rear drums.
This tastefully upgraded 1949 Ford Custom Tudor certainly looks like a fantastic cruiser that one can take pretty much anywhere and garner lots of attention, which makes it extra appealing in our book – and since it figures to sell for a reasonable price, it’ll certainly be hard to beat for anyone in the market for such a ride.