The Charlie Thomas Collection | Lot 136
1935 Ford DeLuxe Three-Window Coupe
$36,300 USD | Sold
| Grapevine, Texas
20 October 2012
85 hp, 221 cu. in. L-head V-8 engine, aluminum heads, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 112 in.
Henry Ford once again made automotive history when, on March 31, 1932, he announced the Ford V-8. This type of engine was not a novelty by that time, but when offered at traditional Ford low prices, it was a true milestone. Henry Ford had this 22-cubic inch displacement motor developed in extreme secrecy by a small workforce that was working under his direct supervision. After overcoming initial teething problems, this new V-8 would power Ford automobiles for the ensuing two decades.
Few Ford enthusiasts would dispute Ford’s claim of “Greater Beauty, Greater Comfort, and Greater Safety” for its 1935 models. The narrower radiator grille lost its sharply vee’d base, and four horizontal bars helped accentuate the 1935 model’s new, lower and more streamlined appearance. In profile, the Ford windshield was seen to be more sharply sloped than before. DeLuxe models had bright windshield and grill trim work, as well as dual exposed horns and twin taillights.
This three-window coupe possesses tremendous character and beauty. Presented in rich Washington Blue, it benefited from a high-point restoration some years ago and continues to present extremely well. The paint is exceptional, complemented by a DeLuxe interior, wide whitewall tires, a Ford luggage rack, dual horns, and fog lamps. The brown mohair interior is in very nice condition, complete with such features as a banjo wheel, rearview mirror with Ford clock, AM radio, under dash Ha-Dees heater, and roll-down back glass with a roller blind. The engine compartment and underside were both properly restored and show little road use. Given its outstanding presentation, this three-window coupe certainly warrants close attention and presents endless opportunities for its next owner, be it on the show field or at any number of driving events.