The 1941 Fords were all-new and formed the template for the cars that would follow the war. A longer wheelbase allowed a more spacious cabin and experts will note this is an early production car with 3-piece front fenders (to make repairs more economical). This car was probably repainted 20-25 years ago but is holding up well and nothing looks better on a Ford than basic black. The '41 still has some of the DNA that make the ‘39s and ‘40s so popular, along with nice additions like the marker lights on the front fenders and hidden running boards. It's altogether sleeker in every way. Finish quality is good and we were able to bring up a shine in the finish that really looks great—check out the clean reflections in the panels! Fit is good, with doors that latch easily, although like most ‘41s, the hood takes a little finesse to get it to sit just right. The chrome and stainless trim is very good, with some of it restored and some being original equipment, and it all has a comfortable look where nothing looks out of place. It just looks great from any angle.
The interior was probably reupholstered when the paint was done, and it's holding up extremely well. The corduroy-type fabric has a period-appropriate look and is comfortable for all-day cruising. There's still a familiar rubber mat, which is how Ford delivered them, and the original woodgraining on the dash is in great condition. The factory wheel is showing its age and the gauges are also circa 1941, but they all appear to be functional, along with the accessory turn signals that were added later. There's also a cool Stewart-Warner “Southwind” heater under the dash, although we haven't tested it (it's gas fired). The business coupe is strictly a 2-seater, but the upside is that you get a positively enormous trunk that's completely solid and includes a full-sized spare tire assembly.
Ford's 221 cubic inch flathead V8 got a modest bump in horsepower for 1941, up to 90, but that doesn't tell the story of how much fun they are to drive. The bubbly V8 turns over quickly and fires eagerly, settling down into a smooth, quiet idle. On the road, there's plenty of torque to make the coupe feel lively and with a wonderful V8 purr coming from out back, it's a lot of fun. We don't have any details on whether the engine has been rebuilt, but it runs great, doesn't smoke, makes plenty of oil pressure, and generally just goes about its business without any fuss at all. There are plenty of recent parts under the hood, including a new fuel pump, correct multi-colored spark plug wires, Ford script hoses, and a reproduction wiring harness. There are no traces of flathead fever, as it runs comfortably cool, and it's still got a 6-volt electrical system that fires it up like it should. IF you like to drive, a 1941 Ford is a good choice.
We do not believe the body has ever been off the frame, but aside from some surface scale, the underside is in very good condition. There's no body rot or perforation, so no worries there. The 3-speed manual transmission shifts well with light clutch action and thanks to 3.55 gears out back, it's a comfortable 60 MPH cruiser and punchy around town. Brakes are effective for the car's modest performance and the suspension on these cars always feels agile and competent, so it's a delight to zip around town. A newer dual exhaust system has quiet mufflers so it never gets obnoxious and the factory steel wheels carry hubcaps, trim rings, and correct 6.00-16 Ford script wide whites.
Flathead Fords remain some of our favorite cars, and this handsome coupe is an affordable way to find out just how good they are. Parts are easy to find, there's great club support, and the look stands out at any event. And if you're the kind of guy who carries a lot of gear, well, there aren't many cars that will do it better than a business coupe. Call today!
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