1949 FORD FORDOR – CAR 313

From 1949-1952, the Ford Fordor became the vehicle of choice for police departments across the country. It was considered a state of the art test bed for the unique advancements in law enforcement technology developed after World War II. 

Due to it’s size and innovative thinking, Cleveland served as an optimum police fleet on which many of the manufacturers in the late 1940s and beyond were able to use to test advancements such as revolving emergency lights, radios, radar, and reflectorized lettering. 

1949 Ford Fordor in use during an arrest.

This particular vehicle is configured to represent a Cleveland Police car in the era of the late 1940s.  It is equipped with Ford’s 226 cubic inch L-head straight-6 engine that was rated at 90 hp, and a manual 3-speed transmission. 

Car #313 during the restoration process.

Donated to the Cleveland Police Historical Society and Museum by a generous individual in the Cleveland area, the car was restored by volunteers in partnership with the students and instructors of the Ohio Technical College, who provided the two-tone paint job and equipment installation in 2008.