1935 Ford Model 48 Eight

By 1935, the world was still suffering from the effects of the Great Depression but things were starting to improve. Ford used the slogan 'Greater Beauty, Greater Comfort, and Greater Safety' to describe its 1935 product. Ford continued to thrive on mass production of automobiles sold at modest prices to the largest possible low-priced market.

Ford moved the engine forward eight inches for the 1935 model year, increasing the size of the passenger compartment and re-located the rear passenger seat in front of the rear axle without lengthening the wheelbase. It was a noticeable improvement and described by Ford as 'Center-Poise Ride.'

The hood was noticeably shorter, even with the radiator grille moved to a position where it was nearly even with the front of the fenders. The shorter hood gave the 1935 Ford a more aggressive and pugnacious appearance, which Ford designer Bob Gregorie did not like. Nevertheless, the sporty appearance was more Intune with the sprightly performance that the flathead V-8 offered.

The 221 cubic-inch, L-head V8 developed 85 horsepower and was backed by a three-speed manual transmission. The wheelbase measured 112-inchs with a length of 182.75. Total 1935 production reached 820,253 Ford vehicles with Model 48 prices ranging from $505 to $755. Most of the vehicles were the Standard Tudor bodystyle which sold for $505, and found 237,833 willing buyers. 78,477 examples of the Standard Coupe were sold and 31,513 of the three-window Deluxe Coupe. The Deluxe Fordor Sedan, selling for $660, was also very popular with 105,157 buyers sold. The top-of-the-line Deluxe Convertible Sedan and the Station Wagon had the highest prices and the least amount of sales, with fewer than 5,000 examples each.

The vast majority of automobiles built in the United States by this point in history had closed two and four-door bodies, but open cars were still popular, catering to the specialized desires of a wealthy group of loyal Ford V-8 owners. The new Convertible Sedans resulted in many prospective clients who were seeking the allure of an open car that was also weather-tight. The convertible sedan accomplished this with roll-up windows in all four-doors and removable pillars between the front and rear doors. The pillars, containing the window channels, were secured to the soft-top frame and the doorports. They had 'tight fits' with the side windows and much reduced noise than the standard convertible. Offered only in deluxe trim, the new Convertible Sedan was stylish, affordable, exclusive, and versatile.

The Triple A's Depression era classifications, which included the Indianapolis 500 race, favored stock-based engines. Ford had abandoned direct participation in competition with its stock cars following the 1933 Elgin Road Race and a few subsequent road races on the West Coast. Privateers continued to employee the V-8 as the basis for Indianapolis entries; for 1934, Charlie Crawford's 16th place being the best result. Preston Tucker brought a proposal to Ford near the end of 1934 to build and race a team of ten Ford V-8 powered specials in the 1935 edition of the Indy 500. The work was performed by Harry Miller with backing was provided by Ford's advertising agency, N.W. Ayer, and Ford dealers' cooperative advertising budget.

After the contract was signed in March of 1935, construction began on March 12th, just two-and-a-half-months prior to the start of the Indy 500 on Memorial Day. The cars built by Miller, known as the Miller-Fords, were front-wheel-drive with low, aerodynamic bodies with complex and compact parallel link four-wheel independent suspension. Four examples qualified for the race but had a shortened day due to limited testing and development. The main Achilles heel were the planetary gear steering boxes mounted to the V-8s' exhaust manifolds which boiled off their lubricant and seized.


by Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2020
Vehicle Profiles
1935 Ford Model 48 Eight vehicle information

Deluxe Phaeton

Chassis Num: 181983449

A redesign to the Ford V8 in 1935 moved the engine forward eight inches and increased the size of the passenger compartment. The radiator grille was now even with the front fenders and the hood decreased in length. Ford dubbed this redesign the 'Ce....[continue reading]

1935 Ford Model 48 Eight vehicle information

Station Wagon

Chassis Num: 181274186

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1935 Ford Model 48 Eight vehicle information

Deluxe Phaeton

The blue colored 1935 Ford Deluxe 5 window coupe was offered for sale at the 2006 Worldwide Group Auction held on Hilton Head Island. It was expected to fetch between $25,000-$35,000. At the conclusion of the bidding, the lot was sold for $25,300.....[continue reading]

1935 Ford Model 48 Eight vehicle information

Standard Coupe

The current owner is the third owner of the car. Ford produced 6,073 units in 1935. This car's selling price was $580. It is equipped with a 221 cubic-inch flat-head V8 engine generating 85 horsepower. It has a three-speed transmission with a Col....[continue reading]

1935 Ford Model 48 Eight vehicle information

Deluxe Roadster Rumbleseat

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1935 Ford Model 48 Eight vehicle information

Three-Window Deluxe Coupe

Chassis Num: 181728180

This 1935 Ford Model 48 Three-Window Deluxe Coupe was offered for sale at the 2007 Worldwide Group Auction held at Hilton Head Island, SC where it was estimated to sell for $40,000 - $60,000. The car is powered by a Ford flathead V8 engine that disp....[continue reading]

1935 Ford Model 48 Eight vehicle information

Deluxe Phaeton

Chassis Num: 182010795

Ford used the slogan 'Greater Beauty, Greater Comfort, and Greater Safety' to help entice those dwindling buyers in America who could still afford a car during the difficult era of the Great Depression. The 1935 had updated styling with more curves ....[continue reading]

1935 Ford Model 48 Eight vehicle information

Standard Fordor

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1935 Ford Model 48 Eight vehicle information

Standard Coupe

In the mid-thirties automotive sales were dwindling. Cars had to be updated each year if a company was to survive. Ford had inaugurated a two-year design cycle in 1933 but their 1935 models received fresh new styling and a newly designed chassis. The....[continue reading]

1935 Ford Model 48 Eight vehicle information

Three-Window Deluxe Coupe

This vehicle is a 1935 Ford Deluxe 3 Window Coupe that has its correct Ford flathead V8 engine and three-speed manual gearbox. It is painted in Dearborn blue with an all original Grey Mohair interior. It is equipped with wide whitewalls, chrome tri....[continue reading]

1935 Ford Model 48 Eight vehicle information

Deluxe Phaeton

Chassis Num: 18-2028749

Phil Wright, a Briggs designer whose resume included work with the Pierce Silver Arrow, aided in providing some of the attractive new styling for the 1935 Ford. Ford offered ten body styles in Deluxe trim, including a new convertible sedan and 'Tudo....[continue reading]

1935 Ford Model 48 Eight vehicle information

Station Wagon

Chassis Num: 182018909

1935 was a hallmark year for Ford as it was the first time that they outsold their competitor, Chevrolet, since the end of Model A production in 1930. Interior space was increased by using a boxed side-rail frame and increasing the distance between ....[continue reading]

1935 Ford Model 48 Eight vehicle information

Deluxe Convertible Sedan

Ford 1935, Ford automobiles had a lower and more streamlined appearance, thanks in part, to a narrower radiator grille, more rounded fenders and a more sloped front windshield.....[continue reading]

1935 Ford Model 48 Eight vehicle information

Standard Tudor

Chassis Num: 182183440

The redesigned Ford model line for 1953 helped the company to outsell Chevrolet for the first tim since 1930. This Tudor Sedan was originally sold in the Midwestern part of the United States. A short time after acquiring the car, the owner passed awa....[continue reading]

1935 Ford Model 48 Eight vehicle information

Deluxe Fordor Sedan

Advertised as 'Greater beauty, Greater comfort and Greater safety', the newly shaped radiator grille helped accentuate the new lower more streamlined appearance. Lines became more rounded and the louvers received three horizontal bright stripes. In p....[continue reading]

1935 Ford Model 48 Eight vehicle information

Station Wagon

This 1935 Ford Woodie originally came from the New England area. It was purchased in 1977 by the current owner's brother prior to any restoration work. The complete professional body-off restoration was finally finished in 1979 in Hanover, Massachuse....[continue reading]

1935 Ford Model 48 Eight vehicle information

Three-Window Deluxe Coupe

This car was restored and prepared for the inaugural coast-to-coast Great Race from Los Angeles to New York in 1985. Navigator Vic Thompson and Rex Gardner made a real effort to build the car as 'bullet-proof' as possible.....[continue reading]

1935 Ford Model 48 Eight vehicle information

Deluxe Fordor Sedan

Advertised as 'Greater beauty, Greater comfort and Greater safety', the newly shaped radiator grille helped accentuate the new lower more streamlined appearance. Lines became more rounded and the louvers received three horizontal bright stripes. In p....[continue reading]

1935 Ford Model 48 Eight vehicle information

Deluxe Roadster Rumbleseat

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1935 Ford Model 48 Eight vehicle information

Deluxe Phaeton

Chassis Num: 181597651

Ford's renowned engineering brought about the introduction of a V-8 in 1932 for its all-new 1932 models, offering the horsepower and prestige of more expensive cars at the price of the competing six-cylinder cars. The Model 48 line for 1935 was sligh....[continue reading]

Deluxe Phaeton
Chassis #: 181983449 
Station Wagon
Chassis #: 181274186 
Deluxe Phaeton
 
Standard Coupe
 
Deluxe Roadster Rumbleseat
 
Three-Window Deluxe Coupe
Chassis #: 181728180 
Deluxe Phaeton
Chassis #: 182010795 
Standard Fordor
 
Standard Coupe
 
Three-Window Deluxe Coupe
 
Deluxe Phaeton
Chassis #: 18-2028749 
Station Wagon
Chassis #: 182018909 
Deluxe Convertible Sedan
 
Standard Tudor
Chassis #: 182183440 
Deluxe Fordor Sedan
 
Station Wagon
 
Three-Window Deluxe Coupe
 
Deluxe Fordor Sedan
 
Deluxe Roadster Rumbleseat
 
Deluxe Phaeton
Chassis #: 181597651 


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1935 Model 48 Eight
$755-$6,031,000
1935 Ford Model 48 Eight Price Range: $505 - $755

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Ford
1940Chevrolet (764,616)Ford (541,896)Plymouth (430,208)541,896
1939Chevrolet (577,278)Ford (487,031)Plymouth (423,850)487,031
1938Chevrolet (465,158)Ford (410,263)Plymouth (285,704)410,263
1937Ford (942,005)Chevrolet (815,375)Plymouth (566,128)942,005
1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)930,778
1935Ford (820,253)Chevrolet (548,215)Plymouth (350,884)820,253
1934Ford (563,921)Chevrolet (551,191)Plymouth (321,171)563,921
1933Chevrolet (486,261)Ford (334,969)Plymouth (298,557)334,969
1932Chevrolet (313,404)Ford (210,824)Plymouth (186,106)210,824
1931Chevrolet (619,554)Ford (615,455)Buick (138,965)615,455
1930Ford (1,140,710)Chevrolet (640,980)Buick (181,743)1,140,710

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