Sports & Classics of Monterey

12-14 August 2010


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Lot 149

1932 Ford Model 18 Phaeton

Sold for $59,400

65 bhp, 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 mechanical internal-expanding brakes. Wheelbase: 106"

- Attractively presented, many period accessories

- From the historic introductory year of Ford’s V8

- Offered from a well-respected private collection

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 powerful and smooth 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 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.” Sorensen did spend, investing heavily in the latest electrical iron furnaces and new 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 very attractive Model 18 Phaeton is offered from a California-based private collection and represents the mid-range of Ford’s model line in 1932. It is attractively finished and has several period accessories, including cowl lights, pinstriping, a rear luggage rack, side-mounted spares and wind wings, along with a very tidy and correct-appearing engine bay with a venerable “Flathead” V8. Its offering represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a desirable, open example of Ford’s landmark V8 models that were first launched for 1932.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

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