1933 Ford Cabriolet
Interestingly, the all-new bodywork for 1933 had a British
connection. Sir Percival Perry, Ford's Managing Director in
England, initiated development of a small car to compete with
Austin's Seven. Styling of the car, dubbed Model Y, was delegated
to Dearborn and a young designer recently hired at Lincoln, E.T.
"Bob" Gregorie. Gregorie proved his abilities quickly, so when the
"little English job" came in, he was asked to "design us a nice,
up-to-date body for it." For the American 1933 Ford, Edsel wanted a
more graceful design than that of the 1932 models and suggested an
adaptation of Gregorie's Model Y concept. Edsel asked his draftsmen
to simply scale it up, and the Model Y's proportions became, if
anything, more beautiful in the process.
A stunningly beautiful car in its design lines, and presentation,
this cabriolet, 1 of only 7,852 examples produced, is the
beneficiary of a 3 year restoration in which the consigner states
"It needed everything", and it got it. Everywhere you look you just
have to shake your head and smile, as it is just a work of
automotive art. Such a work of automotive art that this beauty has
won 11 AACA preservation awards, a grand national senior in 2016, a
national award in 2018 and 5, count them 5 Dearborn awards!
The lines of this car give one the feeling that they are looking at
a British Car, only on a larger scale. From its shield shaped front
grille which fronts a long cowled hood, beautiful curvaceous
fenders and gracefully sloping rear, this knight in shining armor
is bathed in Olive green. Laser straight steel panels, suicide
doors, and the "trunk" which houses a mother in law seat, are
flanked by pristine black fenders and a perfectly curved running
board. Up top is a showroom condition canvas top in tan, and it has
a glass rear window. Straw colored 17-inch wire wheels are seen all
around including one hanging on the back of the car which is
enveloped in a metal covering. Mirror-like finish would best
describe the front and rear bumpers which utilize a downward
sloping center to pump up the aesthetics even more. Just a
wonderful symphony of color, line and use of materials, and we have
a magnum opus on our hands, hopefully soon to be your hands.
Much like a minimalist painting, brown vinyl is put to use, and
accoutrements are kept to a scant few, but all present in elegant
fashion. Door panels are beautifully crafted, making use of some
stitching to create the design in a field for chromed cranks and
bakelite knobs. A pristine brown vinyl bench stretches from door to
door and there is not a mark on it. Fronting this bench is an
artfully rounded shiny lacquered burl dash, which houses a simple
metal panel with a machined swirl design, and warm original
instruments within. A near perfect steering wheel is in front of
this woodworking, and a tight clean vinyl floor covers everything
nicely on the bottom. A veritable visual mix of 1930's materials
showing off as new here in almost 2020.
A lift of either cowl, and we are bedazzled by a wonderfully shiny
221 ci flathead V8, fully restored and ticking like a fine pocket
watch. There is a 1-barrel carburetor on top, and a 3-speed manual
transmission on the back. All has been well attended to and its
pure music to your ears and eyes.
A fine restoration as such in front of us, one would expect the
undercarriage on her like new and in a word, it is! Straight black
steel, some green floorpans, transverse leaf spring suspension
all-around as well as mechanical drum brakes can be noted.
An absolute honor and pleasure to drive this showpiece, it runs
beautifully, and handles like the British sports cars of yore, but
offers easy access and egress, with plenty of interior room.
Truly in my opinion certainly one of the nicest cars to grace our
hallowed mall halls, with its big sports car like design and lines.
All perfectly and meticulously restored, we have a masterpiece of
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 500 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.