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Mario's Tribute to the 1949 Ford Icon

First Post War Ford in 1949

All new 1949 Ford Custom

All new 1949 Ford Custom

All new 1949 Ford convertible

Totally New 1949 Ford interior

New 1949 Fords at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in NYC June 10,1948

Newly designed 1949 Fords introduced to the press and public in NYC Grand Ballroom June 1948

Edsel and Henry Ford with Flathead V8

Ford Stylists Bob Gregorie and George Walker

1949 Ford Custom 2 door coupe

1949 Ford with Continental Kit

239ci 100hp Flathead V8

1949 Ford interior with many extra options

1949 Ford 4dr sedan very popular with families

Popular 1949 Ford 4dr Family Sedan

239ci Flathead V8

Roomy 1949 Ford with 4 doors

1949 Ford Custom 2dr Coupe with Sun Visor

1949 Ford 2dr with dual exhausts

226ci 6 cyl flathead 95hp

3 speed shift on the column

1949 Ford Convertible

1949 Ford Convertible with dual exhausts

239ci 100hp Flathead V8

1949 Ford interior

1949 Ford Woody wagon

1949 Ford Woody wagon

239 V8 100 hp

1949 Ford Woody interior

1949 Ford Frames arrived

1949 Ford Assembly Line

1949 Ford Assembly Line

1949 Ford Woody Assembly Line

1949 Ford Woody Assembly Line

1949 Ford convertible inspection

1949 Ford Assembly Line

1949 Fords Final Assembly complete

1949 Ford's Final Inspection

1949 Fords rolling down the line

1949 Fords going to customers

Staging the finished 1949 Fords. Over 1.1 million 49 Fords were produced. Ford was now out of the Red.

Loading the 1949 Fords for transport

New 1949 Fords going to dealers

Les Arkenberg Ford Dealer, Gardena, CA

Looking over a 1949 Ford at the dealership

1949 Ford dealer giving a lube job

1949 Ford 6 Grille bullet emblem

1949 Ford 8 Grille bullet emblem

1949 Ford Ad

1949 Ford Ad

1949 Ford Ad

1949 Ford Ad

1949 Ford Ad

1949 Ford Ad

1949 Ford Ad

1949 Ford Ad

1949 Ford Ad

1949 Ford Ad

1949 Ford Ad

1949 Ford Ad

1949 Ford Ad

1949 Ford Ad

1949 Ford Ad

1949 Ford Ad


Video and audio clips

1949 Ford Commercial B/W


1949 Ford Cars Full Line in Color


1949 Ford Assembly line in Color


1949 Ford In Your Future


Selling the 1949 Ford with Hugh Beaumont


Installing new manifold on 6 cyl 49 Ford


Installing new Radiator in 49 Ford 6 cyl



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Comments

Mario on Jul 28, 2022 said:

The 1949 Ford was the first post-war vehicle Ford produced with a completely new design. Under Henry Ford II’s leadership it was created by famed industrial and automotive designer, George Walker. It was known as the “shoe-box” design the “slab sided” Ford.

The 1949 Ford was redesigned from the ground up; only the powertrain and 114-inch wheelbase were retained from the 1941-1948 generation. Carried over from the previous generation, a 226 cubic-inch inline-6 was the standard engine with an optional 239 cubic-inch Flathead V8.

The development process required 10 million man-hours and cost Ford an estimated $72 million (about $770 million in 2020).

In the center of the "Bullet-nose" grille emblem, Ford embossed either a "6" or an "8" on top of a red circle, denoting an inline-6 or V8 engine.

The 1949 Ford was introduced at a gala event at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City on June 10, 1948. Ford returned to first place among American manufacturers, selling 1,118,740 Ford cars. Priced at $1,510 - $2,270.

Historians refer to the 1949 Ford as the vehicle that saved FoMoCo as it was the 1949 Ford that started the company on the track from losses in the immediate post-war period to profits in the 1950s.

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57timemachine on Jul 30, 2022 said:

Yes, no doubt about it that this is the car that saved Ford from going belly up and belly up they were very near. It seems hard to imagine now but Ford was a distant third after GM and Mopar after the war. I have always liked the 49 and 50 but not so much as of 51. No doubt the 49 Ford was and is an automotive icon. Cheers.

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57timemachine on Jul 30, 2022 said:

I forgot to mention that I have never seen one of these cars with an inline six cylinder. After many years of car shows as of about 1975, I have never seen a six cylinder version of these Fords. It is good to know that they existed though. Cheers.

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Mario on Jul 31, 2022 said:

You're correct George 49 Ford 6 cyl are rare. Out of over 1.1 million 49 Fords built only 204K were 6 cyl and 900K were V8.

I added a nice video on installing a new manifold on a rare 6 cyl 49 Ford. Check it out. Cheers.

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Mario on Jul 31, 2022 said:

I added another video on installing a new Radiator in a 49 Ford 6 cyl.

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azmusclecar on Jul 31, 2022 said:

Another MARIO EXCELLENT PRESENTATION. We expect no less and always want more.

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Mario on Jul 31, 2022 said:

Thank you Rob and you can expect more to come. Also working on some more of your favorite Concept Cars! Cheers.

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57timemachine on Jul 31, 2022 said:

Mario, I could never make this more clear to you sir. Thank you thank you and thank you for all your amazing efforts. Cheers my old car brother.

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Mario on Aug 1, 2022 said:

You are Very, Very welcome George and I enjoy doing this. I look forward to your comments and expertise in all my posts and I look forward to your posts as well. Check out your "LADY and Cars post you did. I added my Lady. Cheers!

http://www.americantorque.com/page/0/3989/

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57timemachine on Aug 4, 2022 said:

Good to know and I will do so. Cheers to you sir.

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