1949 Ford V-8 Club Coupe

Summary

Ford's 1949 model was the company's first all-new car after World War II. The car's "envelope" body, with integral fenders and smooth slab sides, was a fresh break from previous designs. The "spinner" in the center of the grille suggested an airplane propeller, and was an early example of the aviation themes that characterized postwar American cars.

Ford's 1949 model was the company's first all-new car after World War II. The car's "envelope" body, with integral fenders and smooth slab sides, was a fresh break from previous designs. The "spinner" in the center of the grille suggested an airplane propeller, and was an early example of the aviation themes that characterized postwar American cars.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1949

Creators

Ford Motor Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Dearborn 

Creator Notes

Made by Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan.

Ford Rouge Factory Tour
 On Exhibit

at Ford Rouge Factory Tour

Object ID

2003.47.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Steel (Alloy)
Metal
Glass (Material)
Rubber (Material)

Color

Blue

Dimensions

Diameter: 3.19 in  (Bore)

Length: 3.75 in  (Stroke)

Horsepower: 100 hp  (74.57 kW)

Specifications

Make & Model: 1949 Ford V-8 Club Coupe

Maker: Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan

Engine: V-8, L-head valves, 239 cubic inches

Transmission: 3-speed manual

Height: 64.5 inches

Wheelbase: 114 inches

Width: 73 inches

Overall length: 197 inches

Weight: 2965 pounds

Horsepower: 100 at 3600 revolutions per minute

Price: $1,523

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