Ford Model 48 Deluxe Phaeton
Although Henry Ford’s new V8 had created a sensation at its 1932 introduction, it had not been able to wrest first place in the American auto industry from Chevrolet. Although handsome and lively, early models suffered a number of teething problems. Improvements were made to the ignition and cooling systems, and higher compression aluminum heads raised horsepower to 75. A two-barrel Stromberg carburetor for 1934 resulted in 85 brake horsepower.
For 1935, Ford received attractive new styling, the work of Phil Wright, a Briggs designer whose previous credits included the Pierce Silver Arrow. Ten body styles were offered in Deluxe trim, including a new convertible sedan and “Tudor” and “Fordor” models with a new built-in touring trunk, and five in the Standard line. Among the prettiest of the new offerings for ’35 was the Deluxe Phaeton, which provided open air motoring for the whole family. Ford finally had the right recipe, and the year’s sales surpassed Chevrolet’s by nearly 150,000 cars.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2009 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
85bhp, 221 cu. in. L-head V8 engine, three-speed manual transmission, front and rear transverse semi-elliptic leaf spring suspension, and four wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 112"
Source: RM Auctions
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