Today’s car is the 1950 Ford Custom Club Coupe owned by Starvin Marvin, who bought the car thirty years ago for $600.00! I photographed this car at the Net Cruze Cars & Coffee at The Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo, CA. It is finished in a dark cherry with a dark cherry and black interior. It is powered by a Chevrolet 350 cu in, V8 with an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor mated to a GM TH400 3-speed auto automatic transmission and a Ford 9″ rear end. Slowing this baby down are disc brakes up front and drum in the rear. It has independent front suspension with dual A-arms with coil springs and a one piece rubber mounted stabilizer. The rear suspension has longitudinal semi-elliptical leaf springs.
The Custom Tudor Sedan was produced between 1949 and 1951. The total number of Fords built in 1950 was 1,208,912, with 85,111 being Club Coupes, that shared bodies with the Business coupe, essentially the same car with a loading platform replacing the back seat.. The MSRP was $1,589.00. The published top speed was 83 mph with a 0-60 time of 18.4 seconds. This is a beautiful example of a mildly customized Shoebox Ford and a true example of a proper “resto-rod.”. What a great car to take to car shows, Cars & Coffee events, or just a cruise around town. Thanks for riding along. Frank