When Ford launched the1939 model, the
car was not very expensive. Today when the model maker of Maisto made
the car in scale 1:18 it is also a budget model of only approx 40 euro.
Can a model car in the low marked perform well? Let’s see…
Maisto make a variety of models of US cars and if you look around my
website you will find the infamous 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz, but
also my praised 1965 Chevrolet Corvette, were you get a lot for your
One of the first things that we see is the spectacular color of
turquoise or light green. The only problem is that color was not
available in 1939 Ford color program! The colors were more toned down in
the grey/dark green spectrum. (please see the color card last in this
article) But I can not say that someone not had a car in this
color. One thing for sure; the model is painted perfect and has a fine
glossed polished body, with no flaws what so ever.
Maisto is known for the good wheels with good springs and realistic
rubber tires – this Ford 39 will not let you down! The white wall tires,
wheels and hubcaps are very good. (Please notice the well made blue V8
emblem on center of the hubcaps). On some of the lower priced models,
the chrome parts are sparse and this is also true here, as the
horizontal trim lines, door handles, gas cap and bezels around the rear
lights are just painted silver – a bit shame as the other chrome parts
on this car is good.
On some lover to middle priced models the door hinges can be the
horrible “dogleg type”! But here we find the more exclusive spring
hinges also seen on Sun Star models.
It is a bit of shame here as the real car had “old outside door” hinges
as seen on many pre war models – Signature Models make them very
realistic on their models!
Otherwise the window glass and headlights is well made with good
details. A fine feature of this model are the doors, hood and deck lid
all opens. And if we open the deck lid to the trunk we also notice a
spare tire way back in the trunk. The interior is fine with light crème
upholstery with matching golden wood instrument panel just like the real
When I review a model on this website I judge if the model needs some
extra details such as a carpet in the cabin and trunk – I’m sure here;
it will suit the model if a carpet was installed. The exhaust pipe need
to be hollow out wit a small drill. Up on the front the friendly face of
the car is due the sweet headlights and the chrome grill. The grill need
some blackwash with black paint to enhance the perforated grill on the
When we open the big hood, the fine model of the V8, 85 hp Ford motor is
reviled and has good details.
So here at the end of this review, will this little Ford be a winner?
Maybe if you not have set your expectations to high. It’s a cute car and
will fit well in to a collection of pre war US-cars. How about the
color? - Maisto model cars are easy to disassemble, and you can always
spray it in another more time correct color! Said in other words; this
1939 Ford Deluxe Coupe can give you many enjoyable hours at the body
shop and the model can become a priced custom-made model for small money
I will give this model
2 out of 6 stars ******
Below here are pictures of the model, historical
description, old brochures, technical data and a little movie clip for
the real car. So please enjoy!
Hoax brochure frontpage
A cute coupe
for 1939 on the Deluxe models
vertical trim line and door handle that should have been chrome but here
only panted silver
and wheels are very good a common feature on many Maisto models
well made emblems in the center of the hubcaps
Art Deco lines
paint and prep work on this model
deck lid can be open here
exhaust pipe had to be drilled out
have a spare tire
Not a 1939
factory green color!
of the interior with golden wood instrument panel
features on this low priced model
warm as your living room at home
made V8 motor with belt drive and air filter
Fans of American cars of the 1930s
know well that the 1939 Fords, including the 1939 Ford Deluxe, adopted
hydraulic brakes. After years of stubbornly resisting this advance in
engineering as market rivals Plymouth and then Chevrolet adopted it,
Henry Ford abruptly reversed course in time for "juice brakes" to be
applied to most '39 Ford Motor Company cars.
That was hardly all that was new on the 1939 Fords. In an effort to
improve cooling to the L-head 221-cid V-8 standard in premium DeLuxe
models, the frontal area of the radiator was increased. The engine
itself, conservatively rated at 85 bhp, was upgraded with larger
bearings and a heavier crankshaft that now drove the engine fan. Deeper
springs were part of newly constructed seats.
Other elements of the 1939 Ford Deluxes were "old" -- or at least
continued from recent years. They included traditional torque-tube drive
and transverse leaf springs front and rear. The 112-inch wheelbase had
been in place since 1933.
Though DeLuxes were dressed in sleek new frontal styling, bodies were
essentially carried over from 1938. Nonsealed-beam headlights and
windshields that popped open at the bottom for ventilation (on closed
bodies) were both putting in their final appearances. So were the rumble
seat (found only on the convertible coupe) and the four-door convertible
The base Standard series, powered by the unloved 60-bhp "economy"
version of the Ford flathead V-8 hooked to a three-speed floorshift
transmission, also sported year-old frontal styling on a limited number
of body styles. The updated, better-trimmed, and more powerful DeLuxe
came in a full range of bodies.
The most popular Ford of '39 was the DeLuxe two-door sedan (or "Tudor,"
as Ford playfully called it) with 144,333 produced. At a base price of
$742, it delivered all of the passenger room of a "Fordor" sedan, but at
a then-substantial savings of $46.
Please see brochure below.
Old brochures of the car
Video of the real car from
1939 Ford Deluxe Coupe
The 1940 Ford Style
Show - DeLuxe Ford Car
Ford Technicolor Promotional Film
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