2021 Shannons '40th Anniversary' Timed Online Auction

1949 Ford Single Spinner Utility

$30,000 - $40,000


No Reserve

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Engine V8, 239-cid
Gearbox 3-speed manual
Engine No. 9G 25570
Chassis No. A8 A67 108
Body Work Utility
Colour Cream
Interior Caramel
Trim Velour
Wheels Steel disc
Brakes Drums

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Like virtually every American car manufacturer, Ford’s immediate post-war offerings were mildly updated versions of their 1942 models and little changed from 1946 until 1948.  It took until 1949 for the Blue Oval to develop an all-new design, based around a brand new chassis wrapped in a cleanly-style, aerodynamic new shape.  Underneath the same six-cylinder and flathead V8 engines remained but the transverse springs were done away with, replaced by coil springs up front and longitudinal springs at the rear for a much improved ride.  Two trim levels were available in 1949, the base level and more upmarket Custom and – for American customers at least – the model range consisted of both two and four-door sedans, Club Coupe, convertible and stylish Station Wagons with timber-panelling.  Fed by a Holley two-barrel carburettor, the well-proven V8 was rated at 100 horsepower at 3600rpm, allied to a three-speed column-change manual gearbox with automatic overdrive optional.  Ford’s Australian arm famously pioneered the first Coupe Utility in 1934, starting a tradition that continued for many decades and the so-called ‘Single Spinner’ 1949 model’s styling was particularly suited to the concept.  Offered in both standard and Custom models, the latter proved far more popular and 1,960 were sold in 1949 according to one set of figures.  Surviving examples of this uniquely Australian ute are few and far between, particularly in original condition such as the example offered here and they make fantastic club cars, with plenty of support available to owners. 


- Classic Ford ‘Single Spinner’ ute
- Mechanically and cosmetically improved
- Ideal club or promotional vehicle
- Offered with No Reserve

We understand this lovely old 1949 Ford Coupe Utility previously resided in Bendigo, Victoria before becoming part of the spectacular Gosford Classic Car Museum on the NSW Central Coast, ultimately joining the current Sydney owner’s diverse collection around five years ago.  Substantially original, the Ford has been equipped with power-assisted brakes, blinkers, seat belts and a tow bar.  Well maintained, mechanical improvements included fitting a new steering box, front end ball joints, water pump and a new radiator, while the starter motor, generator and distributor have all been rebuilt, the latter with new points, rotor button and condenser.  The carburettor was also rebuilt, the fuel pump reconditioned and the fuel tank removed and flushed by specialists.  Showing 77,373 miles on the clock at the time of cataloguing, the classic ‘Single Spinner’ ute looks great, the older cream paint nicely offset by refurbuished red wheels and whitewall tyres while the tray bed timber was recently treated and the tonneau cover is in good condition.  Supplied with an owner’s manual, workshop manual, matching painted spare wheel, jack and some spares, the Ford will be sold unregistered and with No Reserve.  

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