1935 Ford Model 48 Tudor Deluxe
The Model 48 was an update on Ford's V8 powered Model 40A, the company's main product. This 1935 Ford's combination of price, practicality, and looks vaulted the company ahead of rival Chevrolet for the sales crown that year, with 820,000 sold. A thorough refresh on the popular V8 powered Ford. The four-cylinder Model A engine was no longer offered, leaving just the 221ci V8 to power every Ford car and truck.
This consignment, a 1935 Ford Model 48 with a mere 3 owners, a rebuilt in 2004 engine, a paint job performed in the 60's and is definitely worth a look, as it's a great running classic in great condition that has been well maintained. With timeless styling and thanks to exterior lighting upgrades this classic can now be driven anywhere.
A very attractive dark green paint, which was sprayed sometime in the 1960's, holds up nicely on all panels which are straight and have well minded gaps. Some flaws are noted in the paint and include cracking, crazing, and touch ups. A nice V shaped slanted out on the bottom vertical ribbed grille is in the center of bullet style headlights, round open-ended horns on either side, driving and signal lights. A curved bumper is below and shows nicely with bumperettes and even a thin chrome overriders. For 1935 Ford began the process of integrating the fenders with the hood cowl, a feature which this car is showing nicely. Nicely curved bars hang from the doors and have shiny mirrors atop of these bars. Door handles are nicely preserved, and running boards are covered with black rubber. Up top, keeping with the available technology of the time, a black texture finish vinyl insert is seen covering the center of the roof. A humpback design for the trunk which shows nicely chromed latches on either side. A metal encased spare tire is mounted below the trunk lid and is flanked by signal lights on stalks and sporting round chrome bezels integrated into the rear fenders. Below, an eyebrow curved bumper frames the bottom of the rear of this car and presents nicely. Light Green Kelsey Hayes wire wheels with a V8 chromed hub cap, are wrapped by wide whites all around. Per our consignors' notes, all of the lighting has been converted to LED.
A swing of the doors and we have plenty of saddle vinyl covering the doors with a thin band of carpeting below. Peering in we note a pair of low back bucket seats are covered in a knitted plaid vinyl covers overtop of the original light camel mohair. Another cover appears on the long rear bench seat which has armrests mounted on the mohair side panels. We note Art Deco ball styled ashtrays also on the rear panels. A nice taupe metal dash fronts the passenger seating, and has the original gauges within it, and is fronted by a nice polished bakelite rimmed banjo style steering wheel in chrome and black. Black indoor/outdoor carpet covers the front floors and in the rear, we see plush camel tan medium pile carpeting. A tan mohair headliner hangs above and shows with some discoloration and water staining.
Lifting the twin side cowling reveals the original 221ci flathead V8 which was completely rebuilt in 2004 and has logged a mere 1,535 miles since. All is looking good with nicely presenting heads and single 2bbl carburetor sits atop under the oil bath air cleaner. We note a 12-volt conversion has been done and along with a full fluid change. A 3-speed manual transmission is on back which sends power to a 4.11 geared rear axle.
Solid but patinaed with a liberal coating of surface rust on most of the components. The frame, flooring and all body hangers are accounted for and structurally sound. New kingpins have been installed as well as all new mechanical drum brakes to bring this car to a whoa! Transverse leaf springs give a comfortable ride from both front and rear suspensions. Headers are seen feeding Smithy's mufflers in a dual exhaust arrangement and things are all buttoned up and ready for the road down here.
Thanks to the rebuild this car started right up and on the test track performed nicely. All was solid with steering and brakes, and functions were functioning!
Save for some flaws in the 55 plus year old paint job, the body is in great shape on this car. The lines and other chrome trimmings are good, as well as it having clear delamination free glass installed. There are also some new, used and NOS uninstalled parts that will come with this car, enough so that a pickup truck will need to be used to haul them all. The total package of a great looker and a great driver, awaiting you in our Hallowed Halls.
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.