1947 Ford Super Deluxe
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'47 Ford Super Deluxe Convertible, Full Steel Custom Hot Rod

In a custom car landscape cluttered with “snap-together” fiberglass kits on one end and Million-Dollar Ridler contenders on the other extreme, it is getting harder and harder to find a truly hand crafted Hot Rod. This '47 Ford Super Deluxe stands as a testament when creativity, ingenuity, and craftsmanship all fall into orbit around a fiery imagination.

The car's owner and CEO of Stainless Steel Brake Corporation, Mike Jonas, has been dreaming of making this car a reality since he was a boy. And like many of us who end up making a living in the automobile enthusiast industry, for too long it was a dreamed deferred. He was busy building a company dedicated to helping others realize their automotive visions, while a custom '47 Ford Convertible remained a dream. When the time finally came to make this dream a reality, Jonas tapped renowned New York lead-slingers, Tucci Engineering. In true full custom “hot rod” fashion, nary a factory line was untouched, yet the car is unmistakably '47 Ford.

“Tucci chopped the windshield one conservative inch, and removed yet another inch from the windshield's header for a 2-inch total chop. They reworked the top mechanism to fit not only the top, but the larger wheel wells they'd fitted to accommodate the bigger rear meats as well.

Along the way, Altamont, New York's Dick Spadaro located four hens'-teeth-rare NOS fenders for the project and Tucci dropped a set of Jeep Liberty headlights into the open sockets, a modification that required narrowing each fender by an inch. While he worked on the front, he also welded the fender halves together and reshaped the fender's character line to follow the wheel well.

The rather distinctive grille came from three '47 Chevrolet donor cars. They cut, shaped, and welded one car's grille surround to the Ford's frontend. They used the top three bars from one grille and the longer and lower bars from yet another two grilles. To accentuate the now-slippery front profile, Tucci pie-cut the hood an inch at the nose and blended the hood's leading edge into the Chevy grille surround. To punctuate the extremities, they narrowed the bumpers 4 inches and slotted the rear for the LED taillights.” ~ Hot Rod Magazine, The Triumph of Wheel, February 19, 2003

Principal Use

Trailered Show Car

Conditional Grade

Like New Minus
97%-99% of as delivered condition. Extremely slight wear only seen upon very close inspection consistent with very limited public showing, climate controlled storage, seldom driven, and impeccably maintained.

Overall Originality

Full Custom
Vehicle modified to fulfill the vision of the owner and its builder. Custom fabrication evident in every area of the vehicle, sometimes obscuring the identity of the original donor vehicle.

SYA's 5 Keys to Investment Collectability

*A genuine 1947 Ford Super Deluxe Convertible, titled as such

*True artistry in a professionally built all-steel Hot Rod

*Professionally engineered chassis and drive-train, shaken down and mechanically sound

*Custom, hand crafted leather interior w/ modern gauges and entertainment system

*Featured in nationally published Hot Rod magazine title


Engine Type
Engine Size
GM Performance 350 RamJet
Fuel Specification


Body Color
PPG Mikey Orange
Body Style
Paint Type


Super Deluxe


Interior Color
Secondary Interior Color
Seating Type
Buckets With Console
Seat Material
Shifter Type
Center Console
Engine Size
GM Performance 350 RamJet
Transmission Type
Automatic Floor Shift
Body Style
Principal Use
Trailered Show Car
Conditional Grade
Like New Minus
Overall Originality
Full Custom
Current Location
Clarence, NY

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