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302-Powered 1949 Ford Custom Tudor Up For Auction

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.

302-Powered 1949 Ford Custom Tudor - Exterior 002 - Side

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.

302-Powered 1949 Ford Custom Tudor - Interior 001

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.

302-Powered 1949 Ford Custom Tudor - Engine Bay 001

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.

302-Powered 1949 Ford Custom Tudor - Exterior 003 - Rear Three Quarters

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.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Ford Owner

    My Dad learned to drive in an original black 1949 Ford. He told me about it in 1964.

  2. Jim Elsasser

    49 Shoebox Ford has better styling than current Fords……EXCEPT the Bronco. Which is retro.

  3. jules

    my 49 was simple, reliable and tough 6 cylinder, flathead 226 cubic inches of pure delight..


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