Ford Model 18 DeLuxe Three-Window Coupe

In 1932, Ford blanketed much of the automobile market, offering models that ranged from basic coupes, roadsters and two-door sedans to more luxurious and well-appointed four-door sedans and convertible sedans. Most importantly, Ford had put high quality automobiles within reach of ordinary Americans with low prices and rock-solid reliability. For the company’s employees, a $5 daily wage meant that assembly workers could buy their own brand-new Fords with a few months’ earnings.

However, a full range of models was not what Henry Ford originally intended. His elemental philosophy was to produce as few variations as possible, working every cost down to the absolute minimum with standardization and refined, routine assembly practices. The automotive market was changing rapidly, and even at the beginning of the Depression, consumers’ needs and desires were becoming more specific. Thankfully, for today’s collectors and enthusiasts, Ford’s advisors prevailed, and models such as the DeLuxe Three-Window Coupe offered here were produced.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2009 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.

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

Gallery: Ford Model 18 DeLuxe Three-Window Coupe