2002 Ford 49 Convertible Concept

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The '49 Ford was the key to a company turnaround engineered by Henry Ford II. It was offered in many variations including the most popular model, the covertible. The coupes and station wagon drove strong family sales while the convertible drove important new younger buyers to Ford dealerships.

To create the all-new concept Forty-Nine, Ford designers went back to the car's roots: simple shapes, clean body panels and modern conveniences.

The interior also is a modern interpretation of the original car's simple design cues. A cantilevered, bench-style front seat is power-actuated. A floating center console runs the entire length of the interior, giving the impression of four-passenger bucket seating, while also serving to stiffen the vehicle's structure.

The cars primary gauges are contained within a single round instrument binnacle similar to the production '49 and hot rods of the era. The analog tachometer takes center stage and is surrounded by the electronic speedometer. A two-tone, leather-wrapped steering wheel features cruise and radio controls on a metal ring, reminiscent of the horn-ring popular in the 1950s.

The Forty-Nine concept is powered by a Thunderbird 3.9-liter, DOHC, 32-valve V-8, tuned to fit the car's appearance.

Auction Sales History

2001 Ford Forty Nine Concept - sold for $67,000 Tribute to the legendary 1949 Ford. The Forty Nine concept, introduced at the 2001 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, harkened back to that time, described by the company as a “sentimental drag race down memory lane.” Its hyper-smooth appearance was achieved by an all-glass upper body structure with concealed pillars and windshield wipers. The exterior finish was accented by bright chrome wrapping around the greenhouse and mode... read more
Auction Source: RM Auctions' 2010 Sports & Classics of Monterey


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