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1932 Ford Type 18 Special

Chassis number : 18-81392

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Sold for $319,000 at 2013 RM Auction - Art of the Automobile.
This car is believed to be the only Classic Era Ford built with custom coachwork by Pinin Farina. Ford Motor Company commissioned this car from the Italian coachbuilder as a styling study when they were considering options for the production 1933 models. It was built on the iconic and American-built 1932 Ford Model 18 chassis and its design shows the influence of Pinin Farina's earlier Lancias with sweeping beltline and smartly tailored roof yet it also clearly mimics the production Ford bodies from Dearborn.

After five decades, and several more years, an enthusiast found the car in the collection of Sergio Franchi. The enthusiast was able to obtain the car to be restored. The restorer confirmed the car's excellent original condition upon its arrival at his shop. Almost all of the hardware throughout is original and restored, as well as all body panels. The body was finished in a rich dark green, with matching leather in a simple flat design over the chrome-framed individual front and rear bench seats. Overseeing all is a tan fabric top. The wire wheels are finished in a lighter green and shod in black wall tires, which are both period-correct and a nod to this Ford's distinctive European origins. These are the same colors and equipment that the car was fitted with originally.

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2013 RM Auction - Art of the Automobile

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $350,000-USD $500,000 
Sale Price :
USD $319,000

1932 Ford Type 18 Special Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Ford Type 18 Special

(Data based on Model Year 1932 sales)
1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Sold for USD$60,500
  2021 Mecum : Tulsa
 
1932 FORD TUDOR CUSTOM COUPE
Chassis#: 182011322
Sold for USD$39,600
  2021 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1932 Ford Model 18 V-8 Cabriolet Coachwork attributed to Kellner A.G. of Berlin
Chassis#: 018D5833
Sold for USD$57,278
  2018 Bonhams : Den Hartogh Sale
 
1932 Ford V-8 Cabriolet by Carrozzeria Pinin Farina
Chassis#: 18-81392
Sold for USD$319,000
  2013 RM Auction - Art of the Automobile
1932 Ford Type 18 Special image  1932 Ford Type 18 Special image  
1932 Ford V-8 Convertible Victoria by Drauz Karosserie
Chassis#: 18-71738
Sold for USD$154,000
  2012 RM Auctions - Hershey, PA
 

Ford Type 18 Specials That Failed To Sell At Auction

1932 Ford Type 18 Special's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1932 Ford V-8 Drophead Coupe by CarltonC18R16422017 RM Sotheby's : Arizona Auction $175,000$250,000

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1932 Ford Type 18 Special Profiles

1932 Ford Type 18 Special vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Deutsch of Koln
1932 Ford Type 18 Special vehicle information
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Drauz
1932 Ford Type 18 Special vehicle information
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Carlton Carriage Company
1932 Ford Type 18 Special vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Pininfarina
Chassis #: 18-81392