Up for review today we have three examples of classic 1949 Ford trucks. For our purposes we will be referring to these vintage trucks as the Good, the Not-So-Good, and the horrendously Ugly. All three of these trucks are listed on E-bay and the prices, at the time of this article, range from a mere $200 to a still small $7,500. The starting bids on these trucks might surprise you, however, as they did me. Keep in mind that these prices will change as more people bid on them. The first two trucks are both sporting the badges of a 1949 Ford F1, while the third truck is a ’49 Ford F3.
I’ll start this off on the right foot with the Good. This 1949 Ford Pickup is a stunning piece of history. On it’s third owner now. The first owner had owned a Ford dealership and kept this truck garaged until he sold it, then the second owner kept it out of the weather. The body is as sound as the day it rolled off the assembly line with no rust and no need for any repair beyond a repaint that was done eighteen years ago.
The Flathead V8 runs like the day it was new and, amazingly, only has 64,942 original miles on it. The interior is new, but the original gauges and radio are still in working condition, with the exception of the radio needing a tube and the fuel gauge being inoperable. The wide white wall tires really take you back in time. Considering what this truck would be worth, it amazes me that the seller started the bidding at only $200!
Now, onto the Not-So-Good. I just couldn’t bring myself to call this 1949 Ford truck “bad.” It certainly isn’t in nearly as good condition as the preceding truck, but it really wouldn’t take much to get this truck back to looking like new. The engine has been upgraded to a small block 302 V8 with dual exhaust for better breathing and a three speed automatic transmission. This truck would be a good find for anyone who enjoys classic trucks.
This final 1949 Ford truck for sale is a textbook example of what NOT to do with a classic truck. I, personally, do not think any classic car or truck should be mutilated like this. I have seen a few “rat rods” that looked very nice, but this is not one of them. This could have been a great restoration piece. The part that really gets me is that there are people willing to pay over $3,000 for a vehicle like this. I sincerely hope the future owner of this “truck” gives it new life.