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Ford 11C Pickup

Year: 1941|Ext: Blue/Black|Int: Green/Black|

For the 1941 model year, with apprehension building about an impending war, Ford trucks were left to carry on with the 1939 body style, while the cars were given a refresh. Styling for both the car and the truck was courtesy of E.T. ?Bob? Gregorie, perhaps one of the most important but also underrated of all American car designers. Bob Gregorie’s 1939 pickup truck design was quite significant in that it streamlined the looks of the entire Ford lineup, from passenger cars to pickups, thereby lending the previously utilitarian truck a new found element of class and style. Style and drivability were way out in front of the competition ? especially at Ford’s price point. The 1941 model year is significant as the last full year of production before American involvement in WWII began in earnest.

This handsome 1941 Ford Pickup is a fine example that has been lovingly restored by a passionate enthusiast. The most recent owner purchased it in Colorado in 1982, after finding it on the side of the road in solid but tired shape. He brought the truck to his home in Michigan where he and his son embarked on an extensive body-off restoration. The chassis was fully restored, the original 90 Horsepower ?24 stud? Flathead was rebuilt, and the body was professionally prepped and painted in correct Ford Blue over Black fenders. In 1996, it finally emerged from the workshop in show condition. In the following years it won multiple awards, including a prestigious AACA Junior award at the Dearborn Centennial Meet. The purchase and restoration of the truck has been well documented and is presented in a binder, organized by year.

Since the restoration, it has been lovingly maintained and still presents in excellent and highly correct condition. After 19 years, the paint remains deep and glossy, a testament to the quality of the prep work. There are a few minor blemishes which can be expected with an older restoration, however it is still quite attractive overall. Panel fit is good and the body has been nicely accessorized with Deluxe fog lamps, deluxe headlight bezels, grille guard, whitewall tires, and oak bed rails. The chrome bumpers, signature ?waterfall? grille and bright work are in very good condition, having been professionally replated during the restoration and well cared-for since. The headlight bezels show some minor pitting but are otherwise in good condition. The bench seat is upholstered in the correct green material, and a black dash, rubber mats and correct cab paneling complete the proper look. Original instruments are supplemented with an auxiliary temperature gauge. This truck also has a period heater and add-on turn signals for additional safety.

The correct and original flathead V8 was fully rebuilt as part of the restoration and is a strong runner today. It is tidy and correctly finished, showing some signs of moderate use. The chassis and undercarriage are well detailed and properly finished, also showing some signs of regular use but free of rust, damage or excessive leaks.

We performed an extensive, in-house 110 point inspection to ensure it is safe and enjoyable on the road. Since being restored, this 41 Ford Pickup has taken on a light but pleasing patina, and remains very attractive. It has clearly been cherished and we are very pleased to offer it to the next keeper who can continue the legacy.

We welcome trades of classic and special interest vehicles, so please do not hesitate to contact Geoff Isabelle or Alex Ruozzi at 610-398-9700 with your questions.

Sale includes history binder, several period manuals and books.