Ford Deluxe Sedan Delivery

Edsel Ford loved boats. Maybe it was a means of transportation where his father’s massive influence was not felt, or maybe it was simply his deep appreciation of their refined lines and inherent efficiency. Famed designer E.T. “Bob” Gregorie recalled many times that Edsel Ford’s familiarity with boats greatly influenced his direction of the Ford design team during the 1930s.

Other manufacturers were slow to catch on though, no doubt discouraged by Chrysler’s unfortunate experience with its radical but short-lived Airflow. Ford, however, used sharp prows quite effectively to freshen its style and stimulate sales. The 1936 Ford model lineup is a perfect case in point.

The hood began with a sharp body-colored radiator housing, which was radically V-shaped and highlighted in Deluxe models by thin vertical chrome bars echoed in a double row of hood side louvers separated by thin chrome spears. Edsel was never much for embellishment, so the accents were subtle, defining features that refined the form and function of the sheet metal rather than being discreet design elements themselves.

The fenders were fully skirted both front and back, completely hiding the car’s chassis from view. Finally, the Ford designers continued the gracefully formed front bumper design, which dipped below the bottom of the grille and terminated in artfully rolled ends. With a gracefully raked windshield, the 1936 Ford design gave an unquestionable impression of speed.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

221 cu. in. L-head V8 engine, three-speed sliding gear manual transmission, solid front axle and ¾-floating rear axle, transverse leaf springs front and rear, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 112".

Source: RM Auctions

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