Ford Model 18 Phaeton

Ford’s various 1932 models were the last cars developed with Henry Ford’s full involvement. As described in Robert Lacey’s Ford: The Men and The Machine, the genesis of the Ford V8 engine is rooted in the launch of the six-cylinder Chevrolet of 1929. Not to be outdone, Ford commenced work on a new V8 engine. Working in secret at the Dearborn Engineering Laboratory, more than 30 prototype V8 engines were built, tested, and ultimately rejected. Even Henry Ford began to rethink his strategy, that is, until a fateful private meeting with son Edsel in December 1931.

Soon after, Henry Ford instructed his engineering chief, Charlie Sorensen, to spend “… until it hurts”, at the very height of the Great Depression. Sorensen did spend, investing heavily in the latest electrical iron furnaces and metal-casting technologies. In turn, the ability of Ford’s Rouge plant to produce high-quality iron alloys made the first low-priced, mass-produced, and commercially successful V8-powered automobile a reality. Once again, Ford reinvented the automobile and silenced the critics.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2009 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida and in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.

65hp, 221 cu. in. V8 engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf spring, ¾-floating rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf spring, and four-wheel mechanically actuated internal-expanding brakes. Wheelbase: 106".

Source: RM Auctions

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