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Lot 59
1932 Ford V-8 Phaeton


Selling on Wednesday

From the Ron Thorne Collection

CHASSIS NO: 1861331

• First year for the classic flathead V-8 engine
• AACA National First Prize winner
• Carefully restored to period-correct specifications
• 1 of only 1,274 produced

221 cid V-8 engine, 65 HP, three-speed manual transmission, four-wheel drum brakes, front solid axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs, rear 3/4 floating axle; wheelbase: 106”

It is often said that hard times bring out the best in a man’s work, and Henry Ford’s unveiling of the all-new Ford V-8 in 1932 during the Great Depression certainly holds that saying to a truth. 1932 marked a monumental year in automotive history as Henry was able to produce a V-8 engine that was in financial reach for millions to own and use in their day-to-day lives and offer it directly to the public.

This lovely 1932 Ford V-8 Phaeton is an outstanding example that has been carefully restored to the period specifications that introduced the V-8 models to the world. The body is finished in Ford Medium Maroon over black fenders. Aurora Red wheels, which were an extra cost, provide a highlight and gold coachlines tie the color scheme together nicely. Paint quality is excellent, and the body is crisp and straight, having been exceptionally well-maintained in fine condition since the restoration was completed. The body features dual side-mounted spares as well as a trunk rack, cowl lights, Ford script safety glass in the front and rear and finely restored brightwork.

The spacious cabin is trimmed in brown leather and finished to a correct standard. The seat upholstery remains in attractive condition, showing very little in the way of wear or use. The door panels and the elegant dash are correct and also in fine order with all switchgear functioning as expected. A high-quality convertible top looks great and works as it should. If touring is in the plans, the cowl lights are added for improved visibility. Wind wings and a kick-out windshield make long distance travel on a hot day quite comfortable. The engine bay is beautifully presented and highly correct with original type fittings, wiring and details. The flathead V-8 starts easily and runs strong, emitting the signature burble and smooth, easy-going nature that came to define Fords of the ‘30s. The engine is backed by a three-speed manual transmission, and the fully restored chassis is well-sorted and tidy. These truly are delightful cars to drive and feel much younger than their 85 years might suggest. The V-8 engine is a marvel of smoothness, delivering its power with confidence. Four-wheel brakes and a proven chassis design translate into a controlled ride and effective stopping. Combine that with light steering and relatively compact dimensions and it’s no wonder why early Ford V-8 enthusiasts love getting their cars out and driving them.

A proper and correct example of one of Ford’s landmark vehicles with a National First Prize award from the AACA attached, this V-8 Phaeton is ready for show and touring once again. It is a great family classic that is as beautiful as it is historically important and stands ready to become a favorite in your garage.

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