1935 marked the first time the Ford V8 had received a major refresh since its introduction. The Model A’s four cylinder engine was no longer available for the first time since 1928, with all models getting the 221 cubic inch “flathead” V8 engine across the range. The basic configuration of the chassis remained the same, though the front leaf spring was moved forward to make room for a larger and more comfortable cabin. The styling was also reworked with fuller, more integrated fenders and an elegant V-shaped grille that was pushed forward to a prominent position. Standard and Deluxe trim levels were offered as usual, and the little Ford proved a hit with the buying public. An excellent balance of comfort, performance and style helped Ford sell over 820,000 units of the Model 48, beating out chief rival Chevrolet by a very healthy margin. The Model 48 went on to become an icon of the period – popular with hot rodders and restorers alike, these are fun, affordable and attractive cars that make excellent first-time classics.
Our featured 1935 Ford Deluxe Cabriolet is a delightful example that is an honest, unfussy example with a certain charm to it that we just love. It is finished a sharp combination of a black body and fenders with a tan top piped in brown, and wearing period correct apple green wire wheels and a matching apple green coach stripe. It’s an attractive driver quality car that displays a pleasing patina and is thoroughly usable and presentable. The black paint is straight and tidy, however it is showing signs of checking in areas. It is optioned with dual rear view mirrors, an attractive rear-mounted spare wheel, twin chrome horns, and a rare and desirable radio. The tan folding top is upholstered in canvas and piped with brown accents, and is in very good condition and functions properly. The interior has been upholstered in the correct vinyl material and is in very good condition, appearing very slightly care-worn in areas but overall very charming and correct.
The flathead V8 is a good strong runner and has been correctly finished. It has been used regularly and as such, shows signs of maintenance and usage. The chassis and suspension are all in fine working order making this a great driving little Ford. Although built in large numbers, many of these cars were tossed aside when worn or cut up for hot rods, so it is a pleasant surprise to find one that appears so lovingly well-kept. It was most recently part of a large collection of 1930’s Fords and Lincolns where it was maintained by a passionate enthusiast. Care worn yet handsome; this Ford Deluxe is honest, well maintained and ready for carefree enjoyment on the road.
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