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Lot 56
1933 Ford V-8 Three-Window Coupe


Selling on Wednesday

From the Ron Thorne Collection

CHASSIS NO: 443864

• Body-off restoration
• Duncan Blue with Deluxe Vermilion red wheels
• Invited and partook in the Utah Concours d’Elegance
• Desirable rumble seat option

221 cid V-8 engine, 75 HP, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel mechanical drum brakes, rear-wheel drive; wheelbase: 112”

It was mid-summer and despite the success of the introduction of the historic V-8 models just a few months prior in 1932, declining sales volume from plant shutdowns, the Great Depression, and competition caused Ford to go from one of the greatest U.S. money makers to one of the greatest U.S. money losers. One of the curses of the automotive industry is constant change, but if there’s one thing everyone knew, Henry Ford was the king at adapting to and leading the trend. So, the 1933 automotive lineup was dramatically redesigned. Henry focused on the changes for the chassis and motor and left the task of improving the body and overall design to his artistic and proven son, Edsel. Receiving the most streamlined design of all the models in the fleet was the Three-Window Coupe, getting more distinct flowing lines and a graceful angled front windshield, which can be seen on the 1933 Three-Window Coupe offered here. Ford might have orchestrated another brilliant automobile, but since it was introduced so late in the model year, the car only had a lukewarm response from the public, resulting in production being less than half of the Five-Window Coupe.

Having low production numbers during its debut might have hurt the company then, but it only adds to its value and desirability today. This period-correct Duncan Blue Coupe underwent a tasteful body-off restoration that transformed the car into a work of art on wheels, so much so that it was invited to participate in several events including the well known Utah Concours d’Elegance. During the restoration, the owner opted for Deluxe Vermilion red spoke wheels with whitewall tires to complement the Duncan Blue paint. The brightwork shines nicely and evenly throughout and features first-year-offered optional bumper guards in the front and rear. Should the next owner desire to take this ’33 touring at night or during twilight hours, Ford Twolite headlamps and cowl lights will lead the way. The rear of the vehicle features a pop-up rumble seat with brown faux leather and a mounted spare.

The interior shows very nicely and is done in a rose beige mohair upholstery. The walnut shade dash houses an engine turned plate with the gauges and an optional radio beside it. It has a venting front windshield and roll down rear window for natural air-conditioning and a privacy shade in the back window.

The flathead V-8 now came with 75 horsepower, 10 more than the previous year, and it is, of course, mated to a three-speed manual transmission. 1933 Three-Window Coupes are often seen as poetry in motion while on the road. With a comprehensive restoration and restored V-8 engine with enough horsepower to take its occupants wherever desired, this coupe is ready to be enjoyed cruising down the road.

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