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Lot 84
1938 Ford Deluxe Convertible Coupe


Selling on Wednesday

From the Ron Thorne Collection

CHASSIS NO: 184573663

• Ground-up restoration
• Beautiful Bright Coach Maroon with beige soft top and boot cover
• Only ’38 Ford in the collection

221 cid V-8 engine, 85 HP, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with transverse leaf spring and semi-floating rear with transverse leaf spring, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes, rear-wheel drive; wheelbase: 112”

Ford entered 1938 with a totally restyled car line and marketing concept that would be carried through for the next three years. Rather than have Deluxe and Standard models that varied only in trim level, Ford now made these two distinct car lines with different sheet metal for each. The Standard models came with the previous year’s metal, while the new Deluxe models had all-new designed metal. Along with that, 1938 saw a new front-end styling that featured a pointy, yacht-like nose with a teardrop feature into the grille. This, of course, came from the streamlined mind of Edsel Ford and his Chief Designer, Bob Gregorie.

With the Roadster being eliminated from the linup for 1938, the Convertible Coupe and Convertible Club Coupe became the only Fords to still have a rumble seat option. Constructed by Murray, this sporty Cabriolet body with its new design and teardrop-like front end was one of only 4,702 produced with the V-8 engine. It was treated to a ground-up restoration by its current owner where all the sheet metal was smoothed and the body was painted in a beautiful Bright Coach Maroon. This Convertible Coupe was fitted with a new beige soft top that can easily go up and down and chrome artillery wheels with V-8 center caps that ride on Ford Script whitewall tires. Being a Deluxe model, it is equipped with dual windshield wipers mounted to the newly designed front windshield and side-mounted mirrors on both the driver and passenger doors.

Elegance is on full display in the interior as it offers faux leather on the door panels and dark brown antique leather on the bench seating. The newly designed walnut grain looking dash blends well into the overall appearance and houses an AM radio and locking glove box with an integrated clock. Backing the Flathead V-8 is the venerable three-speed manual transmission. The engine has not only been sorted and set for road conditions, but it has also been cosmetically brought back to its original and clean showroom appearance.

This Deluxe ’38 Convertible Coupe is great for touring and weekend drives with its comfortable leather seats, easy to operate convertible top, and mechanically sound famous Ford Flathead V-8 engine.

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