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1951 Ford Custom Tudor Sedan

1951 Ford Custom in Thunder Road, Movie, 1958 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: US

1951 Ford Custom Tudor Sedan

[*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

Comments about this vehicle


oddbjrn NO

2007-10-06 12:05


Well it,s a Ford but not sure if it's 49 or 50

BeanBandit FI

2007-10-06 12:08


Yes, another 1949 - 50.

Ray B. FR

2007-10-06 12:17


It's a 1950 (parking lights below the middle bar) Custom Tudor Sedan.

carchasesfanatic ES

2007-10-06 12:43


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Bucko US

2007-12-01 18:08


Actually, this car is a 1951. On the '49 and '50, the deck lid trim is different and the lower stainless steel body side trim does not continue beneath the deck lid like it does on this '51. Also, the '49 and '50 had exposed chrome deck lid hinges, whereas the '51 hinges were hidden underneath. Of the three year span for this body style, only the '51 has the extra stainless steel trim below the back glass as seen in the image posted by carchasefanatic. The hub caps are also '51, and only the '51 had the V8 emblems on the front fenders. All of the interior shots of this car also clearly show the dash to be a '51 in the movie and video trailer. However, this car does have a '50 grille and hood, and the taillights are also '49 - '50. The chrome "spears" that normally extend from the taillights forward on the quarter panels on '51s have been removed to make this car look more like a '50. This car is referred to as a '50 multiple times in the movie.

electra225 IT

2010-01-23 18:06


Why is it listed as a '51?

antp BE

2010-01-23 23:35


:??: because of the comment just above, I guess

Commander 57 US

2010-01-24 02:18


I hate to see cars "mongrelized" like that.

dwdarby US

2010-08-13 22:23


The car is definitely a 1951, and at last part of the grille and parking lights are from a 1950. But the hood is from a 1949. When you see the close-up, when Robert Mitchum closes the hood, you can see the holes where the F-O-R-D letters were mounted. A 1950 Ford didn't have those letters, only a Crest. Also, not that the grille bars don't match very well with the outter corner trim. So I think the center section is from a '49 as well. You can also tell that car was repainted with a spray can (streaky), and they didn't bother to mask off the back wheels. There is overspray all over the left rear tire.

portacker US

2011-05-22 01:32


That this car is made up of many different parts from varying years is a plot point. Moonshiners cars were made from scavenged parts, and always used hard, needing constant repair.

portacker US

2013-03-21 23:33


Anybody have a pic of the triple carb setup under the hood? Just saw the movie on broadcast, and it shows clearly.

mdhotrodder US

2014-03-12 20:19


the 1951 ford, the 1940 ford coupe & the 1949 olds coupe have been reported as having been been "real" moonshine cars bought from real north Carolina moonshiners for the movie. the car was not "mongrelized"..it was an business car made for the business of hauling moonshine. whatever was needed to keep it running. this is how the car was bought from the moonshiner, minus the movie "re-paint". many of these cars in real life were shot up with bullet holes from the law chasing them or the car would incur body damage from the law trying to force them off the road or the driver forcing they're way thru road blocks. just like the brand new 1968 dodge charger r/t destroyed in STEVE McQueen's "BULLETT" ..this car was just another 1951 ford in 1957 when bought by d.r.m. productions. the fact we look back at them as "classics" these days has nothing to do with their perception as "just cars" many years ago. even the "possible real story" was never spotlighted, though the book "return to thunder road explores real life details about the production & an real life incident of an moonshiner who died,just like mitchums character in the movie.

Jake Northpole IN

2017-09-24 04:45


Anyone know the spec of that custom? whats under her hood... just curious about it.

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