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The Dearborn Award-Winning 1941 Ford 11A Super Deluxe Convertible Coupe Chassis no. 1866901035

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Price realised:  US$105,300
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There are many stars in the Hogan Ford Collection but one of the brightest is this 1941 Super Deluxe Convertible Coupe. The last drop-top to cross the Hogan Collection auction block was the 1937 Deluxe Phaeton. It has been worth the wait to get to this beautiful Dearborn Award winning 1941 Super Deluxe Convertible Coupe. It is one of five cars that Jack Hogan took to the 2000 Early Ford V-8 Club’s National Meet in Dearborn, Michigan, and one of the same five Hogan Collection cars that brought home Dearborn Awards from the Dearborn National Meet. That is, no matter how you count it, a lot of Dearborns for one sentence, and especially for one collection. 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 the Hogan Collection’s 1941 Ford 11A Super Deluxe Convertible Coupe. Finished in Mayfair Maroon with Vermillion striping, bright Red leather interior and Tan cloth top, the Hogan Collection’s 1941 Ford 11A Super Deluxe Convertible Coupe is a particularly desirable example if for no other reason than, in Jack Hogan’s words, “everything works.” That includes the power top, the radio and the clock. It is equipped with an outside rear view mirror, oil filter, grille guard, wide whitewalls, beauty rings, hubcaps and top boot. A set of show tools and an owner’s manual comes with it. Jack Hogan acquired it some years ago from Dale Matthews and it has a Hogan restoration which scored 986 points in Early Ford V-8 Club judging at Dearborn in 2003 where it earned a Grand National award and 967 points at Hood River in 2005. Having scored more than 950 points in two shows it has earned Dearborn Emeritus “Walkaround” status but Jack Hogan believes its best attribute is that it is, “a great driver, and everything works.” 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, to say nothing of having one which is “a great driver, and everything works” prepared and maintained by one of the acknowledged experts in pre

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Bonhams London
Title: The Jack Hogan Collection of Ford Motorcars and Related Memorabilia
Date of the auction: 30 Jun 2007
Address: Bonhams London
Portland