This very pretty 1936 Ford Model 68 Deluxe Phaeton is a beautiful cruiser and a car show darling. If you like the iconic look of the late '30s Fords, smooth flathead V8 power, and regal yet sporty roofline, then this rare and restored classic is just waiting for you to drive it home.
History has an interesting way of making you appreciate a classic like this. The Phaeton body style has a thin roofline opening up the car even with the top in place. That gives this American classic a very European feel. It was far from the most expensive car Ford offered in its upper-market Deluxe line in '36, but people opted to pay more for roll down windows instead of side curtains. Today we'd all love the cool look of the Phaeton, and it's especially in-demand because it has the kind of rarity that many people didn't even know it exists. This pre-war Ford has gone through a restoration about 1,500 miles ago, and you can really see the quality. It's much more than the way the tan paint looks so period-correct, or how the red pinstripe nicely matches the wheels. To understand the quality, just look at how all of the 80-year-old steel retains its sleek lines, or how the doors can still easily be open and shut with confidence. All the details are right on this one, including the waterfall chrome grille, etched chrome bumpers with center dip curve, and even the Ford V8 hubcaps. Yes, that is the cool, sleek, greyhound hood ornament that gives the premium image this car deserves.
The gorgeous condition of brown leather interior was a product of the investment in restoration. The comfortable rows of bench seats look as inviting as you favorite easy chair. A beautiful banjo-style steering wheel, big round gauges with a gorgeous period look, and a nicely woodgrained dashboard all help with the upscale feel. This car is equipped with a very rare AM radio, which was rebuilt so it can be hooked up and enjoyed. As you look over all the details, you begin to realize this is more than a parade car, but a genuinely comfortable, desirable vintage cruiser.
Everyone from outlaws and enthusiasts love Ford's awesome 221 cubic inch flathead V8. The tidy engine bay looks authentic enough to make us wonder if this is the original motor. More importantly, these V8s gave Ford an unbeatable reputation of a powerful personality that had a masterful amount of power and torque on tap. It can happily cruises at 55 MPH with that great classic exhaust note as your favorite soundtrack. The three-speed manual transmission shifts easily with light clutch action. And with the smooth operation of the well serviced V8, this one has one of the best and most authentic pre-war driving cars around. The whitewall tires hide a more modern tread design, and plenty of it, so get out and enjoy the classic and rare Ford!
Strikingly handsome with the top up or down, this Phaeton is a great way to have an American classic while looking stunningly different. With only 5,555 originally built, you'll be hard pressed to find another one this good. Call today!!