1935 Ford Model 48 Eight news, pictures, specifications, and information
Chassis Num: 181983449
|Sold for $50,600 at 2006 RM Auctions.|
This vehicle is powered by a 221 cubic-inch eight cylinder engine that produces 85 horsepower. Four-wheel mechanically-actuated drum brakes provide the stopping power. The three-speed manual transmission sends power to the rear wheels.
This Deluxe Phaeton with chassis number 181983449 was sold at the 2006 RM Auctions in Meadow Brook. It was estimated to sell between $50,000 - $60,000, which it did, but just barely. It sold for $50,600.
By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2006
Chassis Num: 181274186
|Sold for $82,500 at 2011 RM Auctions.|
One other practical example from the auto industry would be the 'Woody', specifically Ford's Woody Wagons from the 1930s.
The use of wood in the auto industry was not uncommon. In the early days of car-production, wood was used quite heavily, and not just for trim and fine detailing. Even luxury cars of the early part of the 20th century used wood extensively in its chassis and frames. However, one of the most practical applications for wood in those days was for the construction of vehicles for commercial purposes, like box-trucks and trailers. By the 1930s, wood, particularly in wood-paneled wagons and coupes, would became greatly sought after and a sign of luxury.
A wood-paneled car made in those days wasn't just a symbol of wealth and influence. It took great wealth to do it, as the process was quite costly for many car manufacturers. As a result, many manufacturers would turn to special coach builders to design wood-paneled cars for customers. Ford was the exception in this matter.
Because many of the cars of that time would use quite a bit of wood trim and detailing, Ford ended up purchasing its own portion of forest for the purpose of logging and preparing wood to be used in its cars. This enabled Ford to offer the public wood-paneled cars at a price quite a bit less than its competition that had to outsource the work to other companies.
In 1935, Ford introduced its new Model 48 chassis. One of the many optional body styles the company offered was a 'Woody' wagon. On the Woody, the steering wheel and interior wasn't merely lined with wood trim. The whole body of the chassis, with the exception of the engine compartment and fenders, came in a high-veneered wood body.
Chassis number 181274186 was one of those Ford Woody Wagons offered in 1935. This Ford Custom Woody underwent a restoration at Kalamazoo, Michigan's Classic Restorations. It included new interior features like Wilton carpets and a 1950s steering wheel complemented by a Lokar gear shifter.
Interestingly, the Woody offered has a 220 hp, 1965 Chevrolet 283 cubic inch V-8, with a four-barrel Weber carburetor and 1956 Corvette heads. Continuing with the amalgamation, the Ford Woody also includes a '57 Corvette solid-lifter and a '63 Corvette intake. The Chevrolet upgrades don't end merely with the engine. The wagon's three-speed automatic transmission is a 1960 Chevrolet T-400 automatic.
The wagon features an independent wishbone front suspension with coil springs. The rear consists of a solid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs. Braking power is performed by hydraulic discs on the front and drums on the rear.
The car was offered by Bill Jacobs from his noted collection. Mr. Jacobs saw the car while still in pieces and decided he had to own it. While not original or entirely custom throughout, it is still a handsome piece of custom craftsmanship, especially its maple wood body and tailgate. A very intriguing, and yet, practical car.
'Buys: View Lots (Lot 226: 1935 Ford Woody Custom Wagon)', (http://www.rmauctions.com/FeatureCars.cfm?SaleCode=AZ11&CarID=r236&fc=0). RM Auctions Arizona. http://www.rmauctions.com/FeatureCars.cfm?SaleCode=AZ11&CarID=r236&fc=0. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
Wikipedia contributors, 'Ford Model 48', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 3 December 2010, 09:19 UTC, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ford_Model_48&oldid=400285900 accessed 6 January 2011
Wikipedia contributors, 'Station wagon', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 26 December 2010, 08:16 UTC, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Station_wagon&oldid=404267539 accessed 6 January 2011By Jeremy McMullen
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2007
It has an optional Greyhound Hood Ornament which cost $2.85 in 1935.
The car is driven extensively.
|Deluxe Roadster Rumbleseat|
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.
|Three-Window Deluxe Coupe|
Chassis Num: 181728180
|Sold for $49,500 at 2007 Worldwide Auctioneers.|
The 1935 Ford had a grille that was pushed forward, giving it a more modern and prominent look. A variety of bodystyles were offered including the Tudor and Fordor sedans, five-window coupe, three-window coupe, convertible sedan, woody station wagon, roadster, and a new Model 51 truck. The sedans were available in either flat-back or trunk-back versions, while rumble seats were option on the coupe models.
This vehicle was outfitted with factory options such as the Columbia rear axle, AM radio, factory heater, original greyhound hood ornament, period correct fog lights, period correct spotlight, original grille guard, original luggage rack, rumble-seat, and wire wheels.
At auction this car was sold, selling for $49,500 including buyers' premium. It is a working example, a rare and original Three-Window Deluxe Coupe, and one of the few surviving examples that has not been converted into a hot rod.
By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2007
Chassis Num: 182010795
|Sold for $33,000 at 2007 RM Auctions.|
The DeLuxe models came with chrome accents, white the Standard did not. The DeLuxe line featured bright windshield and grille trim, as well as taillights and twin horns. This vehicle is a 1935 Ford Model 48 Deluxe Phaeton that has been restored to new 'like-new' condition. It has been painted in dark blue and has a chestnut colored pinstripe. The interior features tan carpets in the front and back, a tan vinyl interior, and chestnut panels. The cloth top is tan. The engine is a 221 cubic-inch V8 unit that produces 85 horsepower. There is a three-speed sliding gearbox and four-wheel mechanical brakes.
Other features of this vehicle are a rear trunk and rack, dual chrome horns and driving lights, hood ornament, windwings, wide whitewall tires, over-riders and chrome exhaust tips.
There were only 6,073 Model 48 Deluxe Phaetons created in 1935. Only a few have survived in modern times. This vehicle was brought to the 2007 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction presented by RM Auctions, where it was estimated to sell for $35,000 - $45,000. It was offered without reserve and sold for $33,000 including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2007
By Daniel Vaughan | May 2008
This car was purchased by the present owner in San Diego in 1971. The majority of the Ford coupes from this era did not survive the hot rod craze that took place in the late 40's and early 50's in their original form. This coupe is currently the same as when it left the Ford factory including even the bulb type headlights.
Collection of Len BarberiSource - SDAM
|Three-Window Deluxe Coupe|
By Daniel Vaughan | May 2008
Chassis Num: 18-2028749
|Sold for $35,750 at 2009 RM Auctions.|
This vehicle is a Ford Model 48 Deluxe Phaeton that was the subject of a cosmetic restoration in the mid-1980s. It wears tan paint, has Plexiglas wind wings, and a tan canvas top. The inside is brown leatherettes and there is a banjo steering wheel. The car is sold but the paint is showing its age, there are some stains, dings and scratches. The engine is a 221 cubic-inch L-head V8 and there is a three-speed manual transmission and four wheel mechanical drum brakes.
In 2009, this Deluxe Phaeton was offered for sale at the Automobiles of Arizona auction presented by RM Auctions. The lot was estimated to sell for $35,000 - $45,000 and was offered without a reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $35,750, including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2009
Chassis Num: 182018909
|Sold for $93,500 at 2006 RM Auctions.|
Sold for $82,500 at 2009 RM Auctions.
Production of all the wooden panels and framing was brought in-house at Ford's Iron Mountain plant in northern Michigan for 1935. This united the high quality saw and planning mill with the shaping and assembly of the wooden panels. The wooden bodies were then shipped to Ford's assembly plants. The wood body wagon was a utilitarian vehicle that was utilized by family outings and luggage transfer to light-duty commercial applications.
This example has an older restoration, finished in beige with tan interior upholstery, red wire wheels and wide whitewall tires. The rear door, side windows and rear window are fitted with original-type beige cloth with translucent flexible glazing. There is a bench-type front seat and two rows of removable rear seats.
In 2009, this car was brought to RM Auctions 'Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook' where it was estimated to sell for $80,000-$115,000. As bidding came to a close, the lot had been sold for the sum of $82,500, including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2009
|Deluxe Convertible Sedan|
For the first time, Ford offered a built-in trunk on its two and four door sedans and all Fords had front-hinged doors, both front and rear. Power was supplied by Ford's V-8, which now developed 85 horsepower.
A new body style for 1935 was the attractive convertible sedan.
Chassis Num: 182183440
|Sold for $38,500 at 2008 RM Auctions.|
This Tudor retains its original dark green paint, only showing minor scratches and a few chips or dents. It retains its original interior with beige cloth upholstery, brown rubber floor mats and a burgundy-finished dashboard, as well as an original radio with a speaker mounted above the dashboard. Under the hood is an L-head V-8 engine displacing 221 cubic-inches and offering 80 horsepower. There is a three-speed sliding-gear manual transmission and four-wheel drum brakes.
In 2013, the car was offered for sale at RM Auction's Scottsdale sale. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $24,740, including of buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2013
|Deluxe Fordor Sedan|
Ford love the play on words: Four door models were called Fordors; two door models were called Tudors. Model 48 referred to the fourth year of the V8. In June 1935, Ford produced the 2,000,000th V8.
According to the owner, there were only 4,536 Ford Woodies built in 1935. By that year, Briggs Mfg. Company of Detroit was the main wooden body assembler for Ford. The original wood body parts were produced in Ford's Iron Mountain facility. All bodies were assembled tot the chassis at the Dearborn Rouge Assembly Plant. It was not until 1939 that Ford took over the total manufacture and assembly of wooden bodies at Iron Mountain, and shipped the assembled bodies to Ford assembly plants around the United States.
The Ford Station Wagon (the nickname 'woodie' seems to have been originated by the California surfers who used them as surfboard buggies) was the second most expensive car made by Ford in 1935 at $670. These cars were often used and kept at summer estates, resorts or hotels, and picked up guests at the railroad station - hence the name 'station wagon.'
The Station Wagon body style changed very little from 1935 to 1939, expect that glass usage was expanded from just the front doors in 1935, eventually covering all the window openings in the body. The last Ford Station Wagon with real wood content was produced in 1954.
This car has won numerous awards at Greenfield Village Motor Muster, Early Ford V-8 Club Grand National, Ford Mercury Restorer Club (Best in Show 2011) and other car events.
|Three-Window Deluxe Coupe|
The 1985 event proved to be trying as they knew little about vintage car rallying. However, the team did finish in the 42nd spot, and without a DNF (Did Not Finish) blemish.
During the next ten years the car finished in top 10 positions eight times, including three 2nd place finishes and two 3rd place finishes.
Each year after the race, performance issues were evaluated. Six different engine combinations were built, and have ultimately performed flawlessly.
The car now has a 21 stud Ford engine that sports a 4 1/8-inch stroke crank by 3 1/8-inch bore, that equates to 253 cubic inches, with 8.4 to 1 compression ratio. It also has a 3:78 rear gear, and a Mitchell -20% overdrive unit, which allows the car to cruise effortlessly at 70 MPH.
This car has participated in 10 coast-to-coast Great Race events as well as 13 regional events covering some 60,000 miles plus in competition without a DNF. The current owner has competed in the Great Race 23 times.
By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2013
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