Ford Deluxe 68 Roadster
America's economy was still struggling when the 1936 Fords hit the market, but there was enough money in the pockets of new car buyers that the most popular models were closed body styles, mainly sedans and coupes. If there was still a desire for open-air motoring, convertible sedans or cabriolets could be ordered, which came equipped with roll-up windows for more climate controlled driving. Ford, however, still offered the sporty roadster.
They were very reasonably priced but ultimately only about 3,800 examples were ordered. In fact, such production figures render it the rarest body style in the Ford line-up that season. Nevertheless, these were trendsetting cars and today, over 70 years later, they are just as attractive and impressively styled as when they were new.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in September 2009 at the Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, California.
Est. 85 hp, 221 cu. in. Flathead V8 engine, three-speed manual transmission, live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf spring, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 112"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel