This gorgeous 1951 Victoria has spent its whole life in Sunny Tucson Arizona. One owner car until 1995 when it underwent a complete and very extensive custom restoration. Being a well cared for Tucson car, it had no rust whatsoever and never had any body damage to speak of except for a few dents and dings here and there. It even still retained its original paint! Ed Carlson had plans for this car and began the transformation into the vehicle before you affectionately named, the “Crestline Vicky.” All of the original paint was stripped top and bottom, the car was resealed with an epoxy primer and all of the metal massaging began. Vehicle is finished in House of Colors “Prizm Blue” and “Toupe.” Leather interior colors picked to match. All of the gaps are very nice, bodywork performed is straighter than factory, and the paint has been fully sanded and buffed. All of the stainless and chrome was sent out to be refinished. Ed installed the very rare “crestliner” chrome trim that cuts the 2-tone paint job. The frame was removed to install a “Fatman” front clip with tubular a-arm independent front suspension, power rack and pinion steering, and power BAER disc brakes on all four corners. Air ride technologies adjustable height suspension was used to get the “right stance”, and still retain ground clearance and driveability. An axtra tank was installed and the car comes with a hose and gauge to air up your own tires if needed. (hidden behind the right trunk panel) 32 gallon fuel tank was custom made for the “long hauls.” A 1988 IROC 350 was used for the powerplant. Fully rebuilt and backed by a fresh 700R4 automatic transmission with overdrive and shift kit . Upgraded 9″ rear end with a 3.00 gear lets this car cruise effortlessly at 90mph. Griffen radiator keeps her cool and Vintage Air AC and heat keeps you comfortable. The interior is all leather and was hand picked to match the exterior colors of the car. Hand stitched and installed by Eddie Salcido. Power front seat, power windows, tilt column, power door locks, and Clarion 12 disc CD player and VCR make this car very comfortable to drive.(Stereo is excellent sounding) (changer and VCR hidden in rear armrests, the lid flips up) Exterior doors pop open automatically by pushing the Ford emblem on the C pillar of the cars exterior. A push of the alarm button enables or disables that feature (like locking the doors.) Trunk has an automatic popper inside of the car. The doors and trunk have been rigged with easy to get to safetys for piece of mind. (in case of battery failure the interior can be accessed.) Car rolls on 17″ Boyd Coddington rims. Awesome sound comes from Flowmaster dual exhaust. This car was completed in 1997 and has been carefully enjoyed since. An impressive 28,000 miles has been put on the odometer since then, so as to be expected there are a few paint touch ups here and there, nothing major. There is also a distortion in the paint from the front of the trunk opening to the back window on both sides most likely from the original lead seam. You have to point it out for someone to notice it and I could not get a noticeable shot of the area with my camera. This car was featured in Hemmings magazine Jan 02 and American Rodder 1998. It was also in the “TOP 40 Cars ” edition of American Rodder in Nov 00. It took Scottsdale Goodguys show “Boyd Coddington Pro Pick” in 1999 and just received a “BEST SHOEBOX” award at last years Scottsdale show. A testament to how good this car still looks after 12 years of cruising. This car is no trailer queen, but definately one of the nicest Shoebox Fords in the country.