Obsession of the Week: 1951 Ford COE: Pure Cab-Over Envy

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1951 Ford COE

Big, yellow and undeniably charming, this Ford truck has style for days.

Let’s face it – today’s heavy duty haulers are, well, a little boring. They lack a certain something, and that something is character. But there was a time in American history when those needing to haul huge loads could do so in serious style. When bulbous, unforgettable cab-overs ruled the working class. A time when you could tool around in something like this 1951 Ford COE.

1951 Ford COE

We spotted the curvy hauler over at Gateway Classic Cars and immediately fell in love with it. Because, well, we just love COEs. And how could you possibly not see this massive yellow beast? The first thing you’ll notice about this 1951 Ford COE (other than the blinding paint) is that it has more than a few custom touches. Beginning, of course, with some sort of unspecified suspension work to get those fat fenders hugging the ground.

1951 Ford COE

The bed is clearly a custom piece, with some hard and soft covered storage space. The driver of this cab-over is the real winner, however. Inside, you’ll find acres of peanut butter leather guaranteed to swaddle you in comfort. And your passengers, should you choose to share the experience. There’s also a modern stereo setup to kick out the jams and a nice billet steering wheel to hold on to.

1951 Ford COE

What you won’t find in this stunning cab-over is a bunch of tacky add-ons or unnecessary junk. Just plain, smooth, and simple. And that’s just the way we like our cab-overs. After all, you won’t find many more uniquely style or charming vehicles than a ’50s Ford COE. And rather than mess with that, the builder thankfully chose to stay the course here. So the next owner can carry on with that undeniable charm intact!

Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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