The 1941 Ford COE truck is our auction choice to bring a trailer
- This 1941 Ford COE flatbed truck powered by a 454 Chevy big block engine is auction on Bring a Trailer.
- The V-8 engine is mounted behind the stubby cabin and channels its power through a three-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels.
- The green and white paint job is picked up by the interior color scheme, and bidding ends in six days.
Many Bring A Trailer auctions that we highlight on Car and driver take the form of track-focused supercars like a low-mileage 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring or a Martini-delivered 1985 Ferrari 308GTB. While you can easily tow your track toy to the racetrack with any number of modern pickup trucks or SUVs, why not have a little fun on the ride to the racetrack too? This 1941 Ford COE flatbed truck could deliver just that, with power coming from a 454 big-block Chevy V-8 engine, and this unique hauler. is auctioned on Bring a Trailer— who, as Car And Driver, is part of Hearst Autos.
While this cab-over-engine truck’s body comes from a 1941 Ford, the bed is mostly Chevy underneath, with the cab mounted on a “later model” one-ton Chevy chassis, according to the listing. . The engine is also sourced from Ford’s Crosstown rival, and the 454 Chevy big-block V8 is fitted with an Edelbrock carburetor and intake manifold and is mated to a three-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission that routes the power to the rear wheels. We imagine this truck wouldn’t necessarily be fast, especially when loaded with a sports car on its bed, but the 7.4-liter beast of an engine, which resides under a diamond-plate cover behind the cabin, should look pretty epic.
The Ford cabin is also beautifully finished, painted pale green and accented by off-white trim that runs along the sides of the grille and below the windows. The truck is full of neat retro design cues, from the single yellow-tinted fog lamp to the split windshield and chunky cab proportions that were more common on 1940s and 1950s trucks. The 1941 Ford rolls on chrome wheels 16-inch wheels that hide power-assisted front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. The immaculate wooden plank bed floor features shiny metal strips and storage boxes are mounted along the side of the truck.
The interior is also very green, with seats adorned with green upholstery and white piping to match the exterior. The dash is simple with just a few gauges, and the shift knob is designed to look like an old-fashioned metal microphone. Although the truck appears to be in perfect condition, it may take some work to turn it into a transporter. A ramp is needed to load a car onto the bed, and some hooks would need to be installed to attach the load, but it wouldn’t be too difficult to get it ready to carry. But even if you don’t use this 1941 Ford to haul your 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition to the racetrack, it’s sure to turn heads as you cruise down the boulevard on a Saturday night. Bidding is currently at $25,000 with six days left before the end of the auction on Thursday July 28.
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