This 1951 Ford Victoria is that perfect mix of vintage appeal with plenty of hot road flair added in

So if you love upgraded V8 power and a head-turning personality, then this is the cool classic you need to read all about.

When you want a cool-looking custom, the Victoria is the right place to start. Its pillarless hardtop design with wraparound rear glass is a premium feature that makes this far rarer than the standard coupe. But this is so darn attractive Ford Victorias actually outsold Chevy’s line-topping Bel Air in ’51. But of course, history is not what first attracted you to this one. That hot blue flame consuming the whole front and blazing down the sides is a true attention-grabber. They expertly eliminated the badging, deleted the door handles, frenched the headlights, added fender skirts, and smoothed the trunk all in the name of sleekness. Brightwork is always key on these classics. It starts with classic pieces, like the grille, bumpers, and special Victoria window trim all being present. These are joined by the right hot rod upgrades like the half chrome headlights, twin spotlights, faux lake pipes, Lancer-style hubcaps, and large dual exhaust tips. And the closer you get to this coupe, the more you see all the details – including the custom pinstriping.

You have power lock and door poppers, and they are your gateway to an interior that’s built for a true cruiser. It retains the classic Ford look in areas like the dash and door tops, but beyond that, you’ll find a lot of added driver-ready comforts. For example, the classic bench seats have a clean look in an updated gray velour cloth. And the door panels and carpeting coordinate nicely. The top of the dash has some cool pinstriping, and the bottom now has a modern AM/FM/CD stereo w/aux input added. The driver’s seat makes it easy to get comfy with a sports steering wheel on an Ididit tilt column.

The engine bay has a tidy look to show off proper V8 power. This Ford has been upgraded to a 350 cubic-inch V8. It also has a four-barrel carburetor, Edelbrock intake, and Sanderson headers feeding the dual exhaust. Add in the three-speed automatic transmission, power steering, and modern cruising tires, and this is the classic-looking hot rod that wants to hit the modern streets.

Price: $24,995

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