Lot 372

1936 Ford Model 68 Cabriolet

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$41,250 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania

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18-2583480
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  • Beautiful cabriolet with rumble seat
  • Faithfully detailed Flathead V-8 engine
  • Optional factory radio and antenna
  • Black exterior with green pinstripes over a brown interior
  • Sports an aftermarket dual exhaust and blue-dot tail light lenses

A powerful V-8 engine, handsome styling, and time-tested reliability made 1936 Fords a popular choice when new, especially the Cabriolet. Subtle design changes over the preceding year included a restyled front end with a more pronounced hood and dual concealed horns. In addition, uninterrupted vertical bars lent the swept-back and tucked-under vee’d grille newfound refinement that dovetailed nicely with the redesigned rear fenders.

This example, finished in Black paint with green pinstriping and a tan fabric top, emphasizes its clean styling. The well-appointed cabin features an optional factory in-dash radio with under-dash speaker.

Style, features and eight-cylinder performance helped Ford outsell Chevrolet in 1934, and the company churned out its two-millionth Flathead V-8 in 1935. With a two-barrel downdraft carburetor, aluminum heads, and mechanical lifters, the 221-cubic-inch V-8 produced a factory-rated 85 horsepower. Engineering improvements for 1936 included helical-cut gears on first and reverse for a full complement of quieter shifting and a longer steering spindle arm for easier steering.

The passing of time finally pierced Henry Ford's wire-spoke-wheel orthodoxy, and one-piece pressed steel artillery-style wheels debuted in 1936. The body color-keyed wheels wear V-8 logo covers, beauty rings, and wide whitewall tires for stylish motoring around town or out on the highway. A grille guard and amber lens fog lamps augment the front and rear bumper combination.

This well-optioned Cabriolet was restored by a past owner with an eye on driving over judged show competition. Period-correct aftermarket modifications include dual exhaust with clamshell tips and blue dot taillight lenses. The gem-like prisms create an optical illusion that transforms ordinary red light into a vibrant purple magenta when viewed directly from behind. These tasteful touches only enhance the timeless lines of the 1936 Ford, inviting its next owner the change to experience the thrill of a Flathead-powered Cabriolet.