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Lot 83
1936 Ford Three-Window Coupe


Selling on Wednesday

From the Ron Thorne Collection

CHASSIS NO: 182754038

• Dearborn Award winner
• Excellent body-off restoration
• Final year for the Three-Window Coupe
• Equipped with many well-appointed accessories and original tools and pouch

221 cid V-8 engine, 85 HP, three-speed manual transmission, front and rear transverse leaf springs, four-wheel drum brakes, rear-wheel drive; wheelbase: 112”

Even though the three-window coupe had been a success for the Ford Motor Company, 1936 would be the final year for its offering. The three-window would be offered at a higher price than the five-window and the move would affect sales dramatically. Sales would only reach 31,513, as opposed to a total of 108,472 sales of the five-window coupe, not allowing for the model to go out of production with much of a party, sales-wise. Ford still produced the three-window to a high standard, which can be seen in the few surviving examples today.

Brilliantly restored, this 1936 Three-Window Coupe wears an excellent Cordoba Tan finish with a Medium Poppy Red pinstripe that runs the entire length of the body. Before making its way into Ron Thorne’s collection, the car was very well-known within the California car circuit and is reported to have been a rust-free car before the restoration took place. Matching the pinstripe is a Medium Poppy Red luggage rack and red artillery wheels with trim rings, which were both added accessories for 1936. The newly designed for 1936 narrow front grille is surrounded by fog lights, a front chrome grille guard and a greyhound mascot. Other dealer accessories on the exterior include dual windshield wipers, outside mirrors, dual taillights, chrome exhaust deflector, and a rear-mounted spare tire with cover.

Like the exterior, the interior has also been brilliantly restored with the main feature being the eye-catching Benton Gray Metallic dashboard that houses all the working gauges, optional radio, and venting front windshield. The bench seating and door panels are covered in a comfortable mohair upholstery and new rubber floor mats that match the interior have been added. New Ford Script glass was slotted in all the windows and the rear features a privacy shade for unwanted light and attention. To finish the cabin, a Deluxe banjo steering wheel in Benton Gray Metallic was equipped.

The great attention to detail during the restoration did not go unnoticed, as it was entered in the concours division at the Early Ford V-8 Club at the Friends and Fords Saint George meet and scored 955 points and taking home a coveted Dearborn Award. The famous Ford V-8 engine and three-speed manual transmission are in excellent running condition, making it far more than just a show car, but also one that can be driven to and from events. The next owner will be pleased to know this three-window coupe is also accompanied with an original owner’s manual and pouch with tools. Popular when new, and desirable today, this Cordoba Tan ’36 Ford will always be a sought-after collector car in the Ford community, and this fine example sets a high bar for condition and correctness.

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