Ford Deluxe Phaeton
In the days of the Model T, touring cars or phaetons easily outsold all other body types. Open cars were less expensive to produce, and tourers provided more spacious and convenient passenger accommodations than the smaller roadsters or runabouts. By the introduction of the Model A in 1927, however, creature comforts had become more important and less expensive to obtain than ever before. The most popular Ford body style was a two-door sedan, or “Tudor” in Ford parlance, and this held true right through to America’s full-scale entry into World War II.
During the early 1930s, convertibles with roll-up side windows and better weather protection began to make inroads into roadster sales. By 1935, Ford cabriolets outsold their roadster brethren by a factor of three to one. That same year, a new four-door convertible sedan with roll-up windows was introduced. The open phaeton, with its simple removable side curtains instead of windows, still outsold the new style, but the convertible sedan had become so popular by 1936 that a second style with an integral luggage trunk was rushed to market.
True phaetons remained in the Ford product catalog through 1938, when only 1,169 were built. However, it is interesting to note that in 1937, the full-windowed convertible sedan outsold the phaeton by only 655 units – such was the enduring appeal of the old-style “touring car.”
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania and in July of 2012 at The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan.
85 bhp, 221 cu. in. L-head V-8 engine, three-speed sliding gear manual transmission, solid front axle and ¾-floating rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs front and rear, and four-wheel mechanical internal-expanding drum brakes. Wheelbase: 112".
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel