1939 Ford Model 91A DeLuxe Coupe

Courtesy of Bonhams

This nicely restored and very mildly uprated DeLuxe coupe is a perfect example of how it was done back in the period. The subject of a complete, frame-off restoration, the original steel body was refurbished, while the original flathead V8 was rebuilt to have a bit more juice. The engine was bored 0.125 over, fitted with Egge custom four-ring pistons, and a four-inch Mercury crank. Offenhauser finned 9:1 high compression cylinder heads, an Edelbrock dual manifold, a Mallory electronic distributor and an Iskenderian three-quarter-race cam round out the engine modifications.

The 3-speed manual transmission was retained, but with a 12-pound aluminum flywheel and a 10-inch pressure plate. The rear end was rebuilt with a Getz 3.54:1 ring and pinion. The original electrical system was updated to 12 volts and an alternator replaced the Ford generator.

Finished in six coats of True Black high-gloss paint and skinned inside with bright red vinyl, this classic Ford took five years to complete.