1949 FORD CUSTOM EIGHT TUDOR SEDAN
After sticking with its well-received previous model through model year 1948, Ford completely redesigned it for 1949. Save for its drivetrain, this was an all-new car in every way, with a modern ladder frame now supporting a coil spring suspension in front and longitudinal semi-elliptical springs in back.
The engine was moved forward to make more room in the passenger compartment and the antiquated torque tube was replaced by a modern drive shaft. Ford’s popular 239 c.i.d. (3.9L) Flathead V8 remained, now rated at 100 hp..
This Model BA has 2 doors, 4-wheel hydraulic brakes, 3-speed standard transmission, 17 gallon fuel tank, 114” wheelbase, weighs 2985 pounds and originally sold for $1,505. Options were the radio and heater – paint choices were three opalescent colors (Midland Maroon, Gun Metal Gray, Bayview Blue), Seamist Green, Fox Red, Arabian Green, Birch Gray, Miami Cream and there were also two-tones available.
The 1949 models debuted at a gala at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City in June of 1948 with a carousel of the new Fords complemented by a revolving demonstration of the new chassis. The new integrated steel structure was advertised as a“lifeguard body”, and even the woody wagon was steel at heart - the convertible frame had an “X member” for structural rigidity.
The old Custom, DeLuxe, and Super DeLuxe lines were replaced by Standard and Custom trims, and the cars gained a modern look with completely integrated rear fenders and just a hint of a fender in front..
Model production numbers were combined in 1949. The Tudor Sedan total in the Custom 6, Custom 8, Series 6 and Series 8 was 433, 316 vehicles. The next closest car was the Fordor with a total of 248,176. Grand total production for five models in 1949? 914,291 automobiles.