CHASSIS NO: C1844013
• Original '33 body with a modified flathead V-8
• Menacing True Black body with striking Vermilion wheels and accents
• One of two custom Fords in the Ron Thorne Collection
• Includes a binder of receipts documenting the build
Custom flathead V-8 engine, three-speed manual transmission, six-volt alternator, 3.54 gears in the rear end, solid front axle and live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel Lincoln hydraulic brakes; wheelbase; 112”
When you look at Ron Thorne’s collection, you notice that almost all of the cars have been restored back to period-correct specs, but this isn’t the case for two outliers in the group. One of those being this stunning 1933 Ford Cabriolet mild custom, which came to be one of Ron’s favorite cars in his collection.
While at the Spring Carlisle, Pennsylvania swap meet in 2001, he came across this rare ’33 Cabriolet which had already been given a body-off restoration. He decided to buy it on the spot. After enjoying this car in his collection for nine years, he decided to trade it for a 1934 Three-Window Coupe. Ford expert Ray Miller spent the next four years modifying the Cabriolet into what it is today. In November of 2014, the two parties would trade their cars back to each other, and Ron was once again the proud owner, but this time with a custom twist.
Unlike most early Ford customs and hot rods seen today, the body wasn’t chopped or modified, keeping to its original look and with a slightly lowered stance. It features a Ford True Black exterior with Vermilion red pinstriping on the body as well as the hood louvres that add a bit of flair to the overall appearance. A new black convertible top with matching red piping and boot cover was also added. Items on the outside come in twos, as chrome dual cowl lights, sideview mirrors, and exhausts have been attached. The body sits on a stock ’33 frame that rides on Vermilion red spoke wheels with blackwall Firestone tires and Lincoln hydraulic brakes. The front axle was dropped by four inches, 3.54 gears were placed in the rear, and a 1939 Ford three-speed manual transmission replaced the stock ’33 transmission. The lifeline of this Cabriolet is fueled by a custom-built flathead V-8 with a dual carburetor setup. Adding to the looks and speed of the car, items like a polished Offy intake and heads were equipped, as well as a Mallory dual point distributor, six-volt alternator, and chrome headers.
The suicide doors lead into the cabin where you find tan Bedford Cord upholstery throughout the cabin and faux brown leather in the rumble seat. The engine turned dash and glovebox clock stick out from the burled walnut dash, which hides the new wiring that goes to the headlights, taillights, and components in the cabin.
While rare today to see a custom 1933 Ford with an unmolested body and frame, this mild custom retaining its original looks with a menacing stance is sure to be a star at any Ford or car show.