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3-Window Deluxe Coupe
Chassis Num: 18-442421
Sold for $99,000 at 2012 RM Auctions.
The Ford model lineup was dramatically redesigned for 1933, using scaled-up drawings from the British Model Y. The three-window coupe was given a more gracefully angled greenhouse - it was the most streamlined of all Ford's 1933 cars.

This car was acquired by Nick Alexander from Milton Robson. Mr. Robson had the car restored by Ernest Allen. Mr. Allen accidently passed away midway through the completion of the project, and Robson kept the unfinished project, setting it up as a display piece, before its acquisition by Mr. Alexander.

After the purchase, the restoration work was completed by Mr. Alexander's own shops. The car has aluminum heads and manifold, rumble seat, and optional factory glove box radio. The car is finished in Aurora Red wheels and pinstripe. the upholstery is correct, rose beige mohair with taupe carpet, and the rumble seat is done in brown leather.

The rear window cranks down for ventilation or conversation with the rumble seat passengers. A lever next to the window crank opens the rumble seat. There is a wood grain dashboard, nicely set off by the engine-turned instrument panel in front of the driver.

In 2012, this car was offered for sale by RM Auctions at their Monterey, CA sale. The car was estimated to sell for $90,000 - $125,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $99,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2012
Station Wagon
Sold for $82,500 at 2014 RM Auctions.
Harkening back to the days of horse-drawn coaches taking travelers cross-country between 'stations', the wood-bodied 'woodie' station wagon would become a unique bridge between eras.

Due to their need of constant care and maintenance, any wood-bodied automobile was not for the least affluent of society. They not only required constant care but the ideal place in which to store them and this was not in great supply during the 1930s when the concept started to really catch on.

John Moir would be one of those able and willing to maintain such an amazing piece of wood-working art. This particular example, a 1933 Ford v-8 Station Wagon would be just such an example of what could be.

Unrestored and highly original inside and out, this particular example even retains its original paint livery and the name of its first home—Bon-Air Farms. Situated along the Atlantic coast, Hampton would be first founded during the 17th century and would become a popular tourist destination during the 20th century. However, agriculture would still be a big part of the local economy and Bon-Air Farms would be just one of those farms within the area. The Ford Station Wagon would then be a big asset to the farm.

Following its years with Bon-Air Farms, the 1933 station wagon would become a part of a museum based in Glen, New Hampshire. This time would help to protect the automobile from the harsh elements and would lead to the car being able to retain its original condition.

The state of the Ford would draw Moir. He would end up purchasing the car from the museum and would take great pains to keep the car in its unrestored state. This would include keeping the car out of the elements and only driving it very sparingly. In fact, as the automobile came to auction as part of RM Auctions' 2014 Hershey event there was just a little more than 23,000 miles noted on the odometer.

Boasting of an interior showing only minor signs of cracking and aging, original wood inside and out and a rather well known provenance, the 1933 Ford V-8 Station Wagon would garner estimates leading up to the auction of between $70,000-$100,000. When the gavel fell to bring bidding to an end, the final sale price would be $82,500.

By Jeremy McMullen
The Ford Model 40 V8 rode on a 112-inch wheelbase and rode on 17-inch wire spoke wheels. Power was from a 90-degree L-head V-8 engine that displaced 221 cubic-inches and produced 75 horsepower. The engine was mated to a three-speed sliding gear transmission with floor shift controls. They had an X-member double-drop frame and mechanical internal expanding brakes at all four corners.

The design was curveacous with a one-piece bumper and streamlined appearance. All bodies, regardless of the bodystyle or the color, were delivered with black fenders.

The V-8 engine was well received. When first introduced in 1932, there were over 200,000 examples sold during that year. It outsold the four-cylinder Model B cars, which reached 185,000 units. Evolutionary upgrades were made to the engine throughout its production run. Earlier improvements included an improved ignition and cooling system, with a new aluminum head that had a compression ratio of 6.3:1, giving horsepower a boost to 75.

The new design was influenced by British styles. The Ford Motor Company, Ltd, had been operating in Britain since 1911 and the Model T proved popular there.

Ford enlisted the help of Eugene Turenne Gregorie , called 'Bob' by his friends, to help in the design. 'Bob' had designed yachts for the Elco Corporation and at Cox and Stevens, a New York naval architecture firm. He had also worked at coachbuilders Brewster & Company. His work at Brewster brought him to the automobile industry and soon became well-regarded for his talents.

Gregorie used his nautical background to create a slanted flat windshield back, and employed a similarly sloped grille whose silhouette suggested a heart shape. The doors were hinged at the rear and opened in 'suicide fashion. The headlamps were mounted directly to the fenders.

This new design was introduced as the Model Y in February 1932. The Model Y was well received and quickly put into production. For the 1933 American Ford, Edsel wanted a more graceful design than the 1932 style.

For the 1933 model year, and with the longer wheelbase, the design of the Model Y was simply scaled up. The Model Y's proportions were mechanically scaled.

The public responded, with sales for 1933 models increasing some 40 percent over dismal 1932 sales.

By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2009
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