1934 Ford Deluxe Cabriolet

Carrying on the tremendous momentum created by the Model T, Ford continued its steady roll of success through the 1920s and into the 1930s. The T of course, sold in massive numbers and was responsible for putting basic motorized transport into the hands of the average consumer. That theme continued with the Model A, a robust and simple car that was much easier to use and service than a T. But feeling the pressure from other manufacturers, Ford replaced the Model A in 1932 with a new chassis powered by a groundbreaking 221 cubic inch V8 engine wrapped in handsome new styling. This new car expanded on the original Ford ethos of a car for every household – now putting power and style in the hands of the average buyer. With stiff competition from Chevrolet and others, Ford refreshed the design every year. For 1934, the year of our featured car, the upright radiator grille had been laid back, sculpted into a V-shape at the bottom and blended into the hood. The fenders swept gracefully into running boards and the cars came very well equipped for their price point. Mechanically, the biggest news was the addition of a Stromberg carburetor to the top of the V8 which freed up an additional (and not insignificant) 10 horsepower. Ford offered a vast array of body styles to choose from: Closed two and four door sedans, coupes, a roadster, various commercial bodies, open four door models, a station wagon and not least, the highly desirable and collectible Cabriolet. The gorgeous, flowing design of the 1934 Ford Cabriolet became a true icon of the period, immensely popular with purists and hot-rodders alike. Because of its popularity with the rodding scene, few original Cabriolets remain, particularly in such delightful condition as the automobile presented here.

This very fine 1934 Ford Deluxe Cabriolet is a former AACA award winner that still presents in outstanding order today. It is handsomely finished in black with a subtle cream coach stripe, complementary cream colored wheels and a tan cloth convertible top piped in brown. It is quite well equipped with a rumble seat, chrome grille and bumpers, dual tail lamps, cowl lamps, and a rear mounted spare, all typical standard equipment for the Deluxe trim level. Tan colored leather upholstery mirrors the top, and is artfully crafted to a very high standard, presenting very well with only a bit of wear beginning to appear from use and care. Mechanically, this Ford has been restored to the same exacting standard as the cosmetics. The 221 cubic inch Flathead V8 is properly detailed with correct Ford Green engine paint, as well as properly finished ancillaries, fittings and wiring. It puts its relaxed 85 horsepower to the ground through an easy-to-use 3-speed manual transmission with floor shift. The undercarriage is clean and tidy, also reflective of the high quality nature of this restoration, and in keeping with the care and maintenance it has been treated to since. A former AACA National 1st Prize recipient, this very rare and highly desirable Cabriolet remains in truly beautiful condition. A perfect companion for touring, shows, and weekend adventures, this important automobile is surely of one of the most elegant and attractive models from the glory days of the Ford Motor Company.

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