Thursday, April 12, 2012

Car of the Day : April 13, 2012

Imperial Toys' 1950 Ford Convertible is the car for today.
After sticking with its well-received previous model through model year 1948, Ford completely redesigned its namesake car for 1949. Save for its drivetrain, this was an all-new car in every way, with a modern ladder frame now supporting a coil spring suspension in front and longitudinal semi-elliptical springs in back. The engine was moved forward to make more room in the passenger compartment and the antiquated torque tube was replaced by a modern drive shaft. Ford's popular 226 CID (3.7 L) L-head straight-6 and 239 CID (3.9 L) Flathead V8 remained, now rated at 90 hp (67 kW) and 100 hp (75 kW), respectively.

In many ways, the '49-'51 Fords ushered in the modern American car. Gone were the large bulging pre-war fenders and in place was sheet metal that flowed with the rest of the body. The basic norm for the frame/suspension set up would be followed for decades by companies in Detroit as the '50 Ford featured a ladder frame, coil springs up front and leaf springs in the back.

Imperial Toys sold this toy under the Buddy L name in the early 2000s. Features include painted silver trim, 'chrome' bumpers and a windshield that is cast as part of the body.

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