Lot 137

Arizona 2012

1932 Ford Model 18 V-8 Cabriolet


$93,500 USD | Sold

United States | Phoenix, Arizona



Chassis No.
Addendum: Please note that this vehicle comes with two valuable original ashtrays.

Model 18. 65 hp, 221 cu. in. L-head V-8 engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with transverse leaf spring, ¾-floating rear axle with transverse leaf spring, and four-wheel, mechanically actuated internal-expanding brakes. Wheelbase: 106"

• Ex-Grant Oakes Collection

• Former AACA National and Early Ford V-8 Club award winner

• Numerous magazine features; original Ford T-14 fabric top

In 1932, Ford blanketed the automobile market with an unusually wide range of 14 models, and while Henry’s basic two-door coupe was priced at $490 and generated massive sales, the very attractive $610 cabriolet drew buyers into the showrooms. Equipped with roll-up windows and a snug cloth top, the 1932 Ford V-8 Cabriolet combined comfortable and complete appointments with the all-new 65-horsepower V-8 engine and Ford’s sturdy yet lightweight construction.

A former AACA National Award winner, the Early Ford V-8 Club has judged the 1932 Ford Cabriolet presented here at 998 out of a possible 1,000 points while in the ownership of Mr. Grant Oakes, the highly knowledgeable prior owner. With a very attractive older restoration, it is finished in Washington Blue and offset by a black beltline and fenders, as well as Tacoma Cream pinstriping and steel wire wheels. The well-fitted soft top is constructed from an original bolt of Ford T-14 fabric, which correctly displays a slight greenish hue. Excellent brightwork, dual cowl lights, a rear-mounted spare tire with a metal cover and a single windshield wiper round out the exterior.

The interior, featuring factory-correct brown leather upholstery and light brown carpeting, remains excellent and reveals few signs of wear. Other features include such attractive items as a wood-grain dash panel and an engine-turned instrument panel. The engine compartment, with its “flathead” V-8 engine, remains period correct with correct finishes and components throughout. The restored and detailed undercarriage is likewise excellent, reflecting expert attention and maintenance.

This Cabriolet has been the subject of feature articles in the Early Ford V-8 Album and V-8 Times, and more recently it appeared on the cover of Antique Automobile, published by the AACA. Acquired by the current owner/collector in early 2009, it remains in high-point condition and as desirable as it was in 1932.