The Charlie Thomas Collection | Lot 177
1935 Ford DeLuxe Phaeton
$41,800 USD | Sold
| Grapevine, Texas
20 October 2012
85 hp, 221 cu. in. L-head V-8 engine, three-speed manual transmission, live axle suspension with transverse leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 112 in.
For 1935, Ford received attractive new styling, courtesy of Briggs designer Phil Wright, whose previous credits included the Pierce Silver Arrow. While ten body styles were offered in DeLuxe trim, among the prettiest of the new offerings for 1935 was the DeLuxe phaeton, which provided open air motoring for the whole family. Sales surpassed those of Chevrolet by nearly 150,000 units. The restorer of this phaeton chose Montella Brown for the livery, which is augmented by 1935 California black plates. This phaeton is exceedingly well optioned with Ford script tires, dual horns, a spotlight, an auxiliary tri-tone horn, a banjo steering wheel, an AM radio, dual wipers, full side curtains, and a rare collapsible rear windshield. With near-perfect plated and stainless trim, and an underside and engine compartment that show sparing signs of age, this phaeton is one of the most prized examples in the collection.