Ford Two-Door Custom Phaeton

During the mid-1970s, Dick Verner of Denver, Colorado created the “Phantom Phaeton,” beginning with an original ’36 Ford Tudor “slantback.” His work was quite remarkable and factory-stock in appearance, complete with a ’36 Roadster cowl and reshaped upper body edges. A mid-1960s Ford 289 replaced the old “flathead,” and the running gear remained unmodified.

Around 1985, Harry Conklin of Denver, Colorado, a well-known midget racer and early Ford V-8 collector, acquired the car. In 1999, he sold it to Gary Vahling, also of Denver, who added a Mor-Drop front axle, ’50 Mercury wheels, Coker whitewall tires and a 1950s-vintage Cadillac air cleaner. In February 2000, the Phaeton graced the pages of American Rodder.

Under the next owner, the Phaeton was updated, with the stock three-speed transmission rebuilt and the 289 V-8 removed, dismantled and detailed. The stock reciprocating assembly was retained, and upgrades included a mild cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM cylinder heads and Fel-Pro gaskets. Other items included new electric and water pumps, a Mallory distributor, an MSD coil, an electric fan and all-new wiring. A new LeBaron Bonney folding top and black Wilton carpeting were fitted, as well as ’36 Ford brake drums, wheels, hubcaps and blackwall tires.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.

Ford V-8 engine, single four-barrel carburetor, 1936 Ford three-speed manual transmission, Mor-Drop dropped solid front axle, transverse leaf springs front and rear, and 1940 Ford hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 112"

Source: RM Auctions

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