Lot 355

1935 Ford Model 48 DeLuxe Convertible Sedan


$35,200 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania



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  • Offered from the Estate of Bob Jones
  • First year for the Convertible Sedan body style
  • One of only 4,234 Convertible Sedans produced for 1935
  • Finished in deep maroon over brown with a tan canvas top
  • Powered by Ford’s familiar 90-degree L-head V-8 engine

The Ford Model 48 replaced the Model 40 for the 1935 model year. Although the 112-inch wheelbase remained, styling was updated with a lower, more streamlined appearance. A narrower radiator grille eschewed the previous V-shaped base and featured four horizontal bars, echoed in the new trio of chromed stripes that cut across the hood louvers. The windshield was more raked, and the cowl lamps disappeared in favor of parking lamps integrated into the headlights, whose shells were now body colored. Significantly, the Model 48 was the first Ford offered with a built-in trunk, and all variants now featured front-hinged doors. The inline four-cylinder engine was discontinued, leaving the 221-cubic-inch 90-degree L-head V-8 carried over from the Model 40 as the only engine. It was paired with the familiar three-speed, sliding-gear transmission also found on previous models.

Introduced to Ford’s lineup for the first time was the four-door, four-seat Convertible Sedan, an example of which is offered here. One of these models had the distinction of pacing the 1935 Indianapolis 500. Of the 15 different body styles offered on the Model 48, this was the rarest, with only 4,234 produced for 1935. Ford replaced the Model 48 with the Model 68 for 1936.

This DeLuxe Convertible Sedan has clearly benefitted from a high-quality restoration and is handsomely finished in deep maroon over brown upholstery with a tan canvas top, an impactful but subdued combination that is especially pleasing. External details unique to DeLuxe models include brightwork on the windshield and grille, dual exposed horns, and twin taillights, all expertly finished on this example. Inside the four-place interior, the DeLuxe model’s characteristic bright trim cascades down the center of the painted dash. The car rides on wide whitewall tires mounted to red painted wire wheels with chrome trim rings and hubcaps and includes a rear-mounted, covered spare.

Well persevered following a restoration to high standards, this lovely Model 48 DeLuxe Convertible Sedan’s handsome color scheme and fine detailing make it a superb candidate for both showing and touring, where it will surely inspire pride in its next owner.