San Ramon Street Sighting - 1948 Ford Super DeLuxe V8 Coupe
When I was a kid I loved 1940s Fords. Heck, I still do. The '40 and '48 were my favorites, then I discovered the '49 and fell in love with that too. I even like the '42 to some extent. Every kid is fascinated seeing the DeLorean time machine in action in Back to the Future, but I cringe every time I see how they abused Biff Tannen's black '46 Ford convertible.
This is a '48 Super DeLuxe V8 coupe, one of few in my area that remain pretty much visually stock. It's not totally original, as the fetching metallic green paint is custom and the neat little pair of chrome exhaust tips probably didn't come from the factory either. But the stance is close to stock and all the lovely brightwork is there. I like the color the owner chose, since most of the factory colors for 1948 were very flat and drab-looking and this shade sets off the curvy body nicely. This is the only time I've seen this car on the street, so it was a lucky spotting. I'm still holding out for a woodie or maybe a convertible from this generation to supplement the '47 Fordor sedan and this coupe. Anybody have a '46-47 Ford Sportsman they wouldn't mind leaving outside for me to find?
California Streets is a blog that celebrates the history of the automobile in California. We feature old, interesting and often rare cars and trucks found parked on public streets and roads around the state of California.
I'm a delivery driver by trade, but I'm also a freelance artist and hobby photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area with a healthy interest in cars. I love finding and documenting fascinating old cars wherever I go.