Henry Ford founded the Ford Motor Company in 1903 and is credited with introducing the assembly line to the auto industry. His Model T, introduced as 1909 model, literally put the world on wheels. Thanks to the top-selling Model T, and its equally popular successor, the Model A of 1928 to 1931, Ford Motor Co. would dominate the industry for decades.
Ford Motor Co. introduced the V8 in 1932, offering the power and smoothness of a V8 at the price of a Six. The venerable flathead V8 would power Ford and Mercury cars from 1932 through 1953. The 1935 Ford Model 48 was restyled and a bit smaller than the 1932-34 models, about three and a half inches lower for a more streamlined look. Ford promoted its 1935 line with the slogan: 'Greater Beauty, Greater Comfort and Greater Safety.'
This is one of 33,065 five-window deluxe two-passenger coupes made in the 1935 model year. It sold for $560 new and weighed in at 2,643 pounds. It spent its first life in southern Indiana and was used sparingly. It went through two owners and then, with just 32,000 miles on the odometer, it sold to a Milford, Ohio hobbyist, who treated the rust-free survivor to an eight year restoration, beginning in 1981 and ending in 1989. The car is now on its sixth owner, who was the editor of Cars & Parts magazine for 25 years and is now the editor-at-large of Cars & Parts and Corvette Enthusiast magazine.