1941 models of man and machine are united
Sixty-three years after the fact, Michael Gallahan was reflecting on the year 1941. He decided that despite the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor it was still a pretty good year, especially as it was the year of his birth.
In the spring of 2004 he decided to buy a car of the same vintage as himself. There was only one caveat. ‘It had to be a Ford,’ he says. Any one of the 15 models manufactured that year would suffice, but Mr. Gallahan was hoping to find a sporty model. Ford built 691,896 cars in 1941 and many survive.
By the summer of 2004 as his birth date of July 7 approached, Mr. Gallahan had found several 1941 Fords, which were wanting in once aspect or another, when he saw an ad in an antique car magazine offering a Super Deluxe business coupe for sale in Dublin, Pa.
A disappointed Mr. Gallahan was certain he would lose out on the little five-window coupe. After the longest two weeks of his life, he again telephoned the Pennsylvania man and was enthusiastically told to come on up and look over the Ford.
With a trusted mechanic along, Mr. Gallahan and his wife, Millie, drove there in July, carefully following directions. When they turned down the last street, Mrs. Gallahan exclaimed, ‘This looks like a runway.’
She was absolutely correct. Every house on the ‘street’ was occupied by a pilot and every house has a hangar for a small airplane. The ‘street’ doubles as a runway.
Records indicate the Ford was purchased new in Fountain City, Wis., and was kept by the original owner until 1967.
The base price for the 2,929-pound coupe was $777. If the coupe had a back seat, the price would have been boosted by $30. This Ford cost considerably more because it is loaded with extra cost accessories including: