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Lot 26
1934 Ford V-8 Three-Window Coupe


Selling on Wednesday

From the Ron Thorne Collection

CHASSIS NO: 18556535

• Beautiful body-off restoration
• Desirable color combination with many well-appointed options
• Among the most attractive of the prewar Ford offerings

221 cid V-8 engine, 85 HP, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel mechanical drum brakes; wheelbase: 112”

By 1934, Ford’s Model 40 was selling quite well. Ford was pressing on with the success of the 1933 model and the new-for-1932 flathead V-8 engine, which was an upgrade that had received enormous public praise for its reliability and performance capabilities. It’s noted that even America’s first Public Enemy Number One, John Dillinger, sent Henry Ford a letter praising the engine's performance. Cosmetic changes were minor, and the 1934 model kept many physical features of the 1933. Ten different body styles were offered for the year, but perhaps the best looking was the Deluxe Three-Window Coupe, with its flowing lines and comfortable two-person cabin. The DeLuxe models were easily distinguishable from the standard models, as they had two taillights, pinstriping, cowl lights, twin horns and an unmatched presence overall.

This ’34 Ford Three-Window Coupe with a body-off restoration is finished in period-correct Vineyard Green and nicely accented with Bright Apple Green wheels and pinstriping. The newly designed grille and smaller chrome hubcaps have been re-chromed to a spectacular shine. The outside of this Coupe has been well-appointed with many dealer options like cowl lights, B-L-C road fog lamps, front and rear bumper guards, dual sideview mirrors, dual windshield wipers, chrome greyhound radiator cap and dual taillights. The rear has a rumble seat with brown fine faux leather and a rear mounted spare tire with a metal locking cover.

When you open up the suicide doors, you are greeted with tan Bedford Cord upholstery that has been nicely fitted on the bench seating and door panels. It has a front venting windshield and roll down rear window for flow through ventilation to aid in the overall comfort level while driving. Like the exterior, the interior features optional equipment such as a radio and rear window shade. The Deluxe-specific dashboard and window moldings are finished in a mahogany color with walnut-grain effect and all the instruments are in working order.

Like the previous year, the power plant was upgraded with ten additional horsepower, due to Ford redesigning the air cleaner and replacing the single-throat Detroit Lubricator with a new two-barrel Stromberg carburetor. Combined with the three-speed manual transmission, the now 85-horsepower flathead V-8 smoothly pushes this Coupe down the road.

This is an excellent example of a beautifully restored Deluxe Three-Window Coupe in a desirable color combination of Vineyard Green and Bright Apple Green. Fitted with many well-appointed options and in excellent running condition, this ’34 will be a fabulous beacon of nostalgia for any enthusiast.

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