NEW PRICE! Ideally set up for touring with Columbia 2-speed rear end, hydraulic brakes, and fresh top and side curtains. Handsome older restoration that’s one of the best-driving early flathead Fords we’ve ever experienced.
This particular phaeton was restored in the early 1990s and built to do one thing and one thing only: hit the road. The Slate Green finish is correct for 1935 and while it shows some signs of age and use, the overall look is quite appealing. The paint has a lovely soft shine that works best on vintage iron like this, all the doors fit well, and the hood opens without too much effort. The chrome ranges from good to excellent, with very nice bumpers, a clean, straight grille, and beautifully polished trim like the windshield and horn domes. Experts will spot the sealed beam headlights up front, which throw plenty of light for safe nighttime driving and blue dot taillight lenses add a period look (a set of original taillight lenses is included with the car). As I said, this is not a perfect car, but it has the look of your favorite pair of jeans: comfortable, well-used, but still very presentable.
The interior was likely restored at the same time as the bodywork using correct Ford “leatherette” materials. Both front and rear seats were reupholstered using standard patterns and are holding up rather well, with the back seat in particular looking almost untouched. The door panels may very well be original, as they’re slightly darker and the material is a bit heavier, and they certainly suggest a car that has led a good life. In typical Ford fashion, the front seat area uses a tan rubber floor mat, while the back seat area is carpeted (also protected with a rubber mat). For an affordable car, the Ford is quite nicely finished, with a woodgrained dashboard, big, elegant instruments, and a handsome banjo-style steering wheel. All the gauges work except the temperature gauge, which was still a capillary-style thermometer setup. This car is also equipped with an accessory Ford AM radio, and the system is complete albeit non-functional, with a speaker box, head unit, and tubes in their own enclosure under the dash. Aftermarket turn signals have been added in the name of safety and the car is outfitted for touring with a set of new side curtains and a new top that looks fantastic.
In 1935, Ford V8s still used babbit bearings, so when the car was restored, they made the conscious choice to swap in a 1937 flathead instead, which offers modern insert-type bearings for easy service and long-term durability. The balance of the engine bay is quite stock, from the familiar Holley 97 carburetor to the high-mounted generator and cooling fan, to the twin radiator hoses coming out of the center of the cylinder heads. Most of the time it runs just fine on its mechanical fuel pump, but there is an electrical pump down on the frame, just in case. It would be a mistake to judge this car solely on the cosmetic appearance of its engine bay, because the mechanical operation of this car is absolutely first-rate.
The transmission shifts beautifully and the clutch is light and easy to modulate. Synchros on second and third gears mean seamless shifts and that Columbia 2-speed rear end is a highly desirable option for touring. This car has also been upgraded to 1939 Ford hydraulic brakes, so the system looks very authentic under the car and offers improved performance. The underside of the car is grungy and dirty, of course, but there’s exactly zero rot in any of the critical areas and not even any surface scale on the floors and support structures. And it’s not even much of a leaker! It currently wears a set of correct 16-inch welded wire wheels painted Apple Green to match the pinstripe and a set of Firestone wide whites.
This car comes with a significant cache of spare parts. In the trunk you’ll find a tour-ready kit that includes tune-up parts, spare radiator hoses, a replacement generator, a fuel pump, and other necessities for life on tour. The larger group of parts includes things like fuel pumps, carburetors, trim pieces, radio tubes, gaskets, water pumps, and dozens of other items that will surely be useful in the future. There’s also a factory owner’s manual and sales brochure from 1935.
Reliable, smooth, easy to drive, and an absolute joy on the road, this handsome phaeton delivers on the promise of Henry’s greatest achievement. You already know you want one, why not get one that doesn’t ask for anything from you but a tank of gas and a quiet country road?
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