CHASSIS NO: 18F17888
• The very first year for the classic flathead Ford V-8 engine
• Fewer than 100 miles on a correct and comprehensive restoration
• Lovely maroon paint finish with straight body lines
• At the ready for any car show or club touring
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221 cid V-8 engine, 65 HP, three-speed manual transmission, four-wheel drum brakes, front solid axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs, rear 3/4 floating axle; wheelbase: 106”
Following the initial success with the Model T, and the 4.7 million Model A sales that followed, Ford took a bold step of introducing the first low-cost, mass-produced V-8 car in the midst of the worst economic conditions America had ever encountered. Four-cylinder cars were beginning to fall out of favor with buyers and the Ford V-8 proved to be exactly what the public was looking for. Styling for the car was handled by the capable hands of Henry’s son Edsel Ford, who utilized the design experience he gained at Lincoln – a wise move that brought influence from the Ford’s most exclusive division into the realm of the everyday car. The styling was timeless and elegant, with shapely front fenders and a subtle V-shape to the radiator grille. Ford once again struck a chord with buyers, producing a beautiful car and bringing V-8 power to the people; something that would previously have been completely out of reach of the average buyer. As with the Model A, a large number of body styles were available from the Ford catalog. Open cars included the Phaeton and Roadster. All models shared the same basic styling that, despite being a one-year-only design, it’s safe to say it’s one of the most iconic designs ever.
This lovely 1932 Ford V-8 Phaeton is an outstanding example that has been carefully restored to period specifications. With less than 100 miles since restoration, it’s a very handsome car, and the restoration commissioned by the Biery Ford Collection remains strong. The body is finished in Medium Maroon over black fenders and feature lines. Bright red wheels provide a highlight and gold coachlines tie the color scheme together nicely. Paint quality is excellent, and the body is crisp and straight, having been exceptionally well-maintained in fine condition since the restoration was completed. The body features dual side mount spares, an original option in 1932, as well as a trunk rack and finely restored brightwork.
The spacious cabin is trimmed in brown and done to a very correct standard. The seat upholstery remains in attractive condition, showing very little in the way of wear or use. The door panels and the elegant wooden dash are correct and also in fine order with all switchgear functioning as expected. A high quality top in khaki looks great and works as it should. Should touring be a priority there are cowl lights for added visibility. Wind wings and a kick-out windshield make long distance travel on a hot day quite comfortable. The engine bay is beautifully presented and highly correct with original type fittings, wiring and details. The flathead V-8 starts easily and runs strong, emitting the signature burble and smooth, easy-going nature that came to define Fords of the ‘30s. The engine is backed by a three-speed manual transmission, and the fully restored chassis is well-sorted and tidy. These truly are delightful cars to drive and feel much younger than their 85 years might suggest. The V-8 engine is a marvel of smoothness, delivering its power early and with minimal drama. Four-wheel brakes and a proven chassis design translate into a controlled ride and effective stopping. Combine that with light steering and relatively compact dimensions and it’s no wonder why early Ford V-8 enthusiasts so love driving their cars.
A proper and correct example of one of Ford’s landmark vehicles, this Phaeton is ready for show and touring. It is a great family classic that is as beautiful as it is historically important, and stands ready to become a favorite in your garage.