Ford Model 40 Cabriolet

The success of Ford’s revolutionary new V-8 was immediate, with more than 200,000 sold during 1932. Improvements for 1933 included a new cruciform, double-drop frame and a longer wheelbase of 112 inches. Evolutionary upgrades to the V-8 engine included improved cooling and ignition systems, plus new higher-compression aluminum cylinder heads that raised output to 75 horsepower.

Interestingly, the all-new bodywork for 1933 had a British connection. Sir Percival Perry, Ford’s Managing Director in England, initiated development of a small car to compete with Austin’s Seven. Styling of the car, dubbed Model Y, was delegated to Dearborn and a young designer recently hired at Lincoln, E.T. “Bob” Gregorie. Gregorie proved his abilities quickly, so when the “little English job” came in, he was asked to “design us a nice, up-to-date body for it.”

For the American 1933 Ford, Edsel wanted a more graceful design than that of the 1932 models and suggested an adaptation of Gregorie’s Model Y concept. Edsel asked his draftsmen to simply scale it up, and the Model Y’s proportions became, if anything, more beautiful in the process.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in November of 2010 at the Robson Estate, Gainesville, Georgia and in January of 2012 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

75 bhp, 221 cu. in. L-head V-8 engine, single-barrel carburetor, three-speed sliding-gear manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs front and rear, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 112".

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel

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