1941 Ford COE Truck Is Our Bring a Trailer Auction Pick of the Day

This 1941 Ford COE flatbed truck powered by a 454 Chevy big-block engine is up for auction on Bring a Trailer.

• The V-8 engine is mounted behind the stubby cabin and routes its power through a three-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels.

• The green-and-white paint job is echoed by the interior color scheme, and bidding ends in six days.

Many of the Bring a Trailer auctions that we highlight on Car and Driver take the form of track-focused supercars like a low-mile 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring or a Martini-liveried 1985 Ferrari 308GTB. While you could easily tow your track-day toy to the racing circuit with any number of modern pickup trucks or SUVs, why not also have a little fun on the commute to the race course? This 1941 Ford COE flatbed truck could provide just that, with power coming from a 454 big-block Chevy V-8 engine, and this unique hauler is up for auction at Bring a Trailer—which, like Car and Driver, is part of Hearst Autos.

While the body of this cab-over-engine truck comes from a 1941 Ford, the flatbed is mostly Chevrolet underneath, with the cab mounted onto a “later model” one-ton Chevy frame, according to the listing. The engine also hails from Ford’s crosstown rival, and the 454 Chevy big-block V-8 is fitted with an Edelbrock carburetor and intake manifold and is mated to a three-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission that routes power to the rear wheels. We imagine this truck wouldn’t necessarily be quick, especially when loaded up with a sports car on its bed, but the 7.4-liter beast of an engine, which resides under a diamond-plate cover behind the cabin, should sound pretty epic.

The Ford cab is also beautifully finished, painted in a pale green, and accented by an off-white trim piece that runs up the sides of the grille and beneath the windows. The truck is full of neat retro design cues, from the single yellow-tinted fog light to the split windshield and the stubby cab-over proportions that were more common on trucks of the 1940s and 1950s. The 1941 Ford rides on 16-inch chrome wheels that hide power-assisted front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. The immaculate wood-plank bed floor features bright metal strips, and storage boxes are mounted along the side of the truck.

The interior is also very green, with seats decked out in green upholstery and white piping to match the exterior. The dashboard is simple with only a couple of gauges, and the shift knob is styled to look like an old-school metal microphone. While the truck looks to be in spiffing condition, it might take a bit of work to turn it into a transporter. A ramp is needed to load a car onto the flatbed, and some hooks would need to be installed to tie down the load, but it wouldn’t be too hard to get it ready to haul. But even if you don’t end up using this 1941 Ford to carry your 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition to the racetrack, it is sure to turn heads while you cruise down the boulevard on a Saturday night. Bidding currently sits at $25,000 with six days remaining before the auction ends on Thursday, July 28.

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