1941 Ford 11A Super Deluxe Convertible Coupe
Chassis no. 6445824
The 1941 Fords were substantially improved (read "bigger") with a wheelbase stretched two inches to 114". A new frame with larger, deep X-member was stiffer and stronger. At the same time Ford introduced revised body mountings although they were deliberately less effective on the convertible coupe where the rubber isolation was eliminated in favor of a tighter connection with the body to enhance the frame's stiffness.
The suspension's transverse leaf springs were located farther apart as well as being longer, having a softer spring rate and a much lower oscillation frequency due primarily to repositioned spring shackles. Softer shock absorber settings complemented the longer wheelbase and revised springing and the ride was much improved.
Transmission ratios were lowered for quicker low and second gear acceleration and many other detail improvements were made in function, operation and accessories which added to the 1941 Fords' enjoyment and utility.
In appearance the grille gained additional area in both fender catwalks as well as round sealed beam headlights recessed into the front fenders. Both the front and rear fenders were bisected horizontally with seams that complemented the chrome beltline moldings. The beginning of the end for running boards was apparent as the body's width grew and the lower body sills extended out over the running boards until they nearly disappeared. The Convertible Coupe was one of the body styles that had gotten vent windows in 1940 and they continued in 1941.
1941 marks an important transition for Ford's top of the line models, in line with the rebounding economy and customers' rising aspirations and expectations. America was about to go to war, and the effect was already being felt as the giant machine that was America's industrial heart began to pump out munitions, aircraft, ships, ordnance, food and supplies. It would ride to war in automobiles like this 1941 Ford 11A Super Deluxe Convertible Coupe.
Finished in Lockhaven Green with a tan leather interior and Tan cloth top, this 1941 Ford 11A Super Deluxe Convertible Coupe was restored in 1998 and still presents itself very well. The clean engine speaks to the level of care taken in preserving this wonder, flathead Ford.
Not many people were able to go through World War II with such a desirable, attractive, sporting and stylish automobile even though Ford built 31,589 similar cars in 1941. Even fewer people have the opportunity of owning such a milestone automobile today.
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