Ford Motor Company revolutionized America’s automobile industry in 1932 by introducing the V8 engine into a vehicle designed for the masses. Prior to that, mass-produced models from the major auto makers relied on four-cylinder and six-cylinder powerplants. While Ford continued to produce their vehicle with an available four-cylinder engine, the V8 models dominated the sales figures.
The 1932 Ford has reached iconic status within American automotive culture. The cars were plentiful and relatively inexpensive, allowing young men to buy these used and customize them in a variety of ways. The flathead V8 spawned a whole new industry as companies offered high-performance parts for the “hot rodders”. As soldiers returned from World War II, they started a movement that continued to increase in the 1950’s and 60’.
The “Duece Coupe”, named such for the 1932 introductory body style, was immortalized by The Beach Boys in 1963 with the song and album “Little Deuce Coupe”. In the 1973 classic film “American Graffiti”, a yellow three-window driven by John Milner’s character gets considerable screen time and is featured in the street racing scene toward the end of the film. There are numerous other cultural references to the legendary model that have been made over the years.
The 1933 and 1934 model years saw minor changes in appearance. Cosmetic changes for the 1934 model included a flatter grill, smaller headlamps and cowl lamps, straight hood louvers and two handles on each side of the hood. By 1934 Ford had also refined the flathead V8 and increased the horsepower over the initial introduction. The car’s popularity continued to increase. Probably the most famous, or possibly infamous, 1934 Ford was stolen by notorious criminals Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker who met their demise in Bienville Parish, LA at the hands of a well-armed posse of law enforcement officers on May 23, 1034.
Despite discontinuing a few body styles, the 1934 Ford was offered in 14 different body styles. There were certain models only available in standard trim and others, like the three-window coupe, were only available in deluxe trim. The deluxe trim package included double chrome horns, twin rear lamps and more ornate wood trim on the interior.
Production figures for the 1934 Ford show a total of about 375,000 units leaving the various factories in the United States. With cabriolet production estimated at about three percent of the total production, it is estimated that less than 15,000 were offered for sale.
This 1934 Ford Model 40B rumbleseat cabriolet is a very distinctive example of an older restoration that was done prior to the present owner acquiring the car. The tan livery is complimented by rich brown leather upholstery and a light tan top. Wide white sidewall tires wrap red Ford wire wheels, creating a nice contrast and accenting the red pinstriping. The car carries deluxe trim throughout and the chrome shines nicely. The vehicle has been in the current owner’s portfolio since February of 2005 and has been stored in a humidity-controlled environment. We speculate that the odometer reading of slightly over 500 miles indicated mileage driven since the restoration was completed but we cannot confirm that. In accordance with Missouri statutes, this car will be sold mileage-exempt due to age. These cars are becoming difficult to find in this condition, as many of these cars have been made into street rods.
Evergreen Digital Showroom offers this 1949 Ford rumbleseat cabriolet for sale at $53,500 USD. We will gladly assist with transportation and delivery at buyer’s expense. Feel free to call sales manager Steve Russell at 417-532-8000 to discuss this car or to make an offer.
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