Evaluation: Dull original paint and chrome. Repainted left front fender has popping microblisters and a badly filled joint that suggests an accident repair. Also, the hood fits unevenly on the left side. Discolored upholstery with a big tear in the driver’s seat. An intriguing survivor, but no more than a beater.
Bottom Line: Northeasterners love PV544s. Their ’40 Ford styling, immutable 4-cylinder engine and predictable handling make them ideal for carving backwoods gravel tracks. It’s no surprise Jim Taylor had one, nor that it’s in decent shape. The price it brought is commercially generous but it will be a rewarding enthusiast acquisition.