Upgraded V8 power, an overdrive transmission, upgraded suspension, and a custom interior make this 1954 Ford Crestline Sunliner a terrific cruiser

And it’s all wrapped around a sleek and vibrant custom body.

This is the kind of car you keep for a while. In fact, this is coming off of nearly two decades of ownership. It was restored once in the early 2000s, and then over $40k was invested within the last few years to really make sure this one continues to impress. So the Torch Red paint has a terrific shine that loves to show off the smoother body. The deleted trim, shaved door handles, and frenched headlights give this classic a pure and sleek style. This car is all about thoughtful details. The bumpers and grille are now painted white. So when the white roof is in place, this one looks like it has a thoughtful two-tone. With the elimination of the other brightwork, it really brings a strong emphasis to the full-length side trim that this artful piece deserves. Plus, the wheels unite the full package with polished smoothies that have a white center cap. And so, while some classics are made to cruise all day with no destination, we can’t help but think you’ll be taking this one out most weekends to find a car show.

A car like this was made for top-down enjoyment. So the interior still gives you plenty of the bright white to coordinate with the exterior, and now it’s also joined by a tasteful gray. And the car’s thoughtful style is shown once again in the details where the custom upholstery, door panels, and console all have contrast red stitching to match the exterior. All the best upgrades were nicely integrated, like modern AM/FM/CD stereo with Bluetooth, an armrest center console with cup holders, door poppers on the key fob, and provisions for air conditioning (it will need servicing to blow ideally cold again.) Front bucket seats, a sports steering wheel on a tilt column, and a custom gauge package are all there to remind you that the best custom classics are made for driving.

Under the hood of this classic Ford is Chevy V8 power. That’s a good thing because it means a hardy motor that loves upgrades. This one already includes a Quick Fuel four-barrel carburetor, an Edelbrock intake, HEI ignition, and an aluminum radiator. The motor fires up eagerly with a nice tune out of the dual exhaust, and it runs with confidence like a well-serviced machine. The 700R4 four-speed automatic transmission is a terrific upgrade that gives you highway-friendly overdrive. You’ve also got an upgraded front suspension, power brakes, front discs, and a nice set of newer BF Goodrich T/As.

Price: $37,995

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Location: La Vergne, Tennessee, United States