In spite of the harsh economic conditions, Ford had been enjoying fairly steady success through the 1930s. After the Model A had bowed out in 1931, Ford really began to bring power and style to the people with the V8-powered Model 40A of 1932. The combination of V8 power, elegant style and rugged dependability cemented Ford’s reputation at the top of the market. For 1935, a new model was introduced with a heavily revised chassis and a new body. The new car was called the Model 48 and it wore new sheet metal, and the engine was pushed forward in the chassis, allowing for greater room in the passenger compartment. Two trim lines were offered, Standard and Deluxe, and the four-cylinder Model A engine was finally dropped, leaving just the 221 Cubic Inch V8 to be fitted across the lineup. Ford freshened up the car in 1936 with a rounder look that had a slight nautical feel – a theme that both Edsel Ford and stylist Bob Gregorie had great fondness for. It is notable that ’36 was the last year a Ford had separate headlight pods as in 1937 the cars received a drastic restyling and bore little resemblance to their predecessors. Today’s collectors and Ford enthusiasts enjoy these mid-30’s Fords for their easy-going nature, fine style and their accessibility. One-year only styling also makes them distinct and less commonplace when compared to their competitors. It is easy to over use the word “iconic” but it is also difficult to avoid it when discussing the wonderful Ford cars of the 1930s.
This handsome 1936 Ford Deluxe “Tudor” sedan was treated to a full, body off restoration some time ago and still shows in excellent condition inside and out. It is finished in a correct Ford shade of Desert Sand paint with a crisp red pinstripe. It sits proudly on correct color-coded steel wheels, as wires were not offered in ’36, shod with wide-whitewall tires. The restoration was obviously done to a very high standard and it has held up very well. While it clearly has been used and enjoyed, it has also been lovingly and properly maintained. It still remains in exceptionally nice condition with excellent panel gaps and beautiful paint quality. The Deluxe trim interior is correctly restored using proper tan cloth upholstery, and is in similarly beautiful condition. The comfortable cabin is well-equipped with a very desirable banjo steering wheel, as well as an original clock and radio. The woodgrain dash and window surrounds are all in excellent condition, restored to a high standard and lending the cabin a warm and inviting feel.
Mechanically, the “flathead” V8 engine is sound and properly detailed with correct paint colors, underhood fittings and engine accessories. It has not been modified and appears to be highly correct. The undercarriage does show some light use, but is otherwise correct and totally in keeping with this being a properly restored and maintained example. A very pleasing and handsome car, this Ford Tudor is wonderful entry-level classic that can be thoroughly enjoyed on the road or shown at a hobbyist level. It combines pre-war styling with post-war drivability and brings with it a strong community of like-minded enthusiasts, great parts support, and everyday usability.
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