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1933 Ford Model 40 news, pictures, specifications, and information
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
Standard Roadster
Chassis Num: 263309
 
Sold for $242,000 at 2015 Gooding & Company.
The quintessential hot rod automobile would have to be Ford's Roadster. Boasting of aggressive and evocative styling, the roadster remains the benchmark of the hot rod some eighty years later.

Simple, and yet, sophisticated, the Roadster was the ideal automobile for its time. Coming in a number of different styles, Ford's Model B suited nearly every American. Complimented by its V8 engine, Ford's buyers had the foundations of a whole different automotive genre.

Utilizing the modern construction methods of the day, Ford's Model B would be straight-forward, but with some intriguing touches. Compared to the 1932 example, the '33 Ford would have a stretched wheelbase and revised front grille. The pointed grille added to the look of the car and seemed to blend nicely with the flowing fenders and the rest of the car.

The look, and the simplicity of the design, made the Ford the perfect canvas for aspiring car tuners. Chassis 263309 would be a particularly intriguing example.

One would be hard-pressed to find a better example of the acumen of the Ford's abilities than chassis 263309. Originally purchased in '33 by Harry Warner, the Ford Roadster would be used on his honeymoon. However, it wouldn't be long before this symbol of a love and devotion would be tuned into a speed demon.

Warner had begun work with Lockheed Aircraft at the time of his buying the Roadster. However, Harry wasn't without aspirations of his own. Having met Wayne Horning, Warner would go all-in to help form Wayne Manufacturing.

Wayne Manufacturing would soon earn a name for itself producing 12-port cylinder heads. The men needed a means to test the cylinder heads. What better specimen than that which Warner had used on his honeymoon.

Quickly the two men went to work adapting and evolving the car making it a test bed. As with the day, the Roadster would soon become a regular at drag strips and in speed trials. These events were not about moments of pride as much as they were moments of real world development for the 12-port cylinder heads.

The Roadster would continue to be an important figure within Warner's sphere. All the way up into the 1970s, the Ford would be called upon to perform its test duties. When finally retired in the 1970s, 263309 would be passed to Harry's son Dan. Some fifteen years later, the car would finally leave the Warner family becoming the property of Bill Swanson.

Swanson's purchase of the Roadster in 1994 signaled the beginning of a decade-long restoration project that would include the input and help of many different and talented people. Art Hernandez, Art Chrisman and Pete Eastwood would all play a part in the car's restoration efforts.

True to the purpose of the restoration, Swanson would decide to return the car to original as much as possible. This would include replacing the engine with a correct Flathead V8 utilizing three Stromberg carburetors and Ardun overhead-valve heads to develop around 225hp.

The current owner would procure the Ford in 2003 and would give a further nod to history by acquiring a 12-port Wayne-head inline six-cylinder engine that remains with the car and its Flathead engine.

Featured in Hop Up in 1953 and then in Street Rodder in 2003, this quintessential Ford Roadster would be made available for sale through Gooding & Company's Arizona auction. Estimates prior to auction had the Ford drawing between $125,000 and $175,000. However, bidding for the car would be enthusiastic and the final sale price would be a very healthy and surprising $242,000.

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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