For Sale: 1936 Ford Phaeton in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

1936 Ford Phaeton

A phaeton is a style of open automobile without any fixed weather protection, which was popular from the 1900s until the 1930s. It is an automotive equivalent of the horse-drawn fast, lightweight phaeton carriage. A popular style in the US from the mid-1920s and continuing into the first half of the 1930s was the dual cowl phaeton, with a cowl separating the rear passengers from the driver and front passenger. Phaetons fell from favour when closed cars and convertible body styles became widely available during the 1930s. Eventually, the term "phaeton" became so widely and loosely applied that almost any vehicle with two axles and a row or rows of seats across the body could be called a phaeton. Convertibles and pillarless hardtops were sometimes marketed as "phaetons" after actual phaetons were phased out.

Elegant, glamorous, glorious....Strong words, but if you have ever spent time around one of these cars you know exactly what im talking about. These Fords were the cream of the crop as they were the most expensive model offered in the day. Built from 1935 to 1939, with 1936 being an interesting year, as early production cars had the slant back body and a few months into production a switch was made to the trunk back model, making this one of the rarest and most desirable of all the Phaeton models. Estimates point to around 700 units being built and only 61 accounted for today. An older restoration still presenting well and now gracing our Hallowed Halls, read on...

With its curved v shape swept back horizontal ribbed grille and teardrop headlights which are slowly evolving into one unit with the fenders, this running board style car is bathed in an older respray of black over the metal that was once Washington Blue. A few scrapes and lacquer cracks are present but overall the restoration is still showing well. Gently curving bulbous lines abound on this car, particularly the fenders which melt down into long rubber topped running boards. A Lebaron-Bonney type top is on in tan canvas with a clear glass window that moves up and down effortlessly. For inclement weather operation side curtains with plastic windows are with the car and match the top's tan color. Also, one has to love the large V and the figure 8 within its logo on the dog dish hubcaps, wrapped with wide whites and thin bias plys.

Wonderful black pattern painted on the metal dash with aged cream gauges and saddle brown leather bench seats for the front and back and it just feels like an old friend. An original banjo style steering wheel fronts all this warmth. Plus, you're going to need the warmth if you venture out with no roll up windows to protect you! Included within the dash is a not oft seen AM radio in the center presenting in gauge matching aged crean. Beautiful clean mats cover the floors as well as stitched saddle brown vinyl covering all the door and side interior panels. Like a cup of hot chocolate with some marshmallow on top, sitting right next to the fireplace.

The later model 239ci Flathead V8 is tucked neatly into a clean engine bay and presents nicely. A single 2-barrel carburetor is on top clean by an oil bath cleaner. There is a 3-speed manual transmission on this car as well as a 4.11 rear axle.

Nicely presenting with patina, road dirt and possibly even some factory paint. A straight strong frame is there and supports floor pans which appear to never have some patched. A clean X frame supports strong rust-free body hangers. "Juice" drum brakes circa 1939 are on all 4 corners and for the ride we have transverse leaf springs front and rear.

This old gal started right up and ran beautifully and smooth. It has surprisingly good acceleration, nice handling and a smooth ride, even with the skinny bias ply tires. All functions were working during my drive and thankfully the weather didn't warrant the installation of the side curtains.

A nice example of a very rare car with low, low production numbers and survival rate, very clean with no issues. Wonderful saddle for the warm interior, black contrasting exterior and a Flathead V8 with snappy power, this is a nice car to grace us here at Classic Auto Mall.

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 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 and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.

Vehicle Details

  • 1936 Ford Phaeton
  • Listing ID: CC-1593605
  • Price: $40,500
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1936
  • Make:Ford
  • Model:Phaeton
  • Exterior Color:Black
  • Interior Color:Camel
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:22472
  • Stock Number:3886
  • VIN:182998973

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6180 Morgantown Rd.
Morgantown, PA 19543
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