12-14 August 2010
1935 Ford Model CX Saloon
- Chassis no. AZ257821
Sold for $25,300
- Miniature vintage Ford
- Race-proven V8-60 engine
- Modern Pinto four-speed transmission
Ford’s Model T was called “The Universal Car,” and indeed it was built and sold in the same form the world round. By the 1930s, however, local taxation was biting into American market share. Ford, already with global reach, began to develop special models for local tastes and conditions. The first of these was the Model Y for Britain. Introduced in 1932, it had been styled in Detroit, a perky little car with distinct Ford cues and a chassis much like that of the Model A and B cars. The styling was so well received that it was scaled up for the “normal size” American Model 40 cars for 1933 and ’34.
For 1935, Ford got new styling in the US courtesy of Phil Wright, who had designed the Pierce Silver Arrow. This theme was then replicated in miniature for the British line, a Model C ten-horsepower car joining the eight-horsepower Model Y. The Model C, with a 1,172 cc L-head four, was joined by an enhanced Model CX later in 1935. Together they were manufactured for four years before being replaced by the new-design Prefect ten-horsepower car. Nearly 70,000 were built in all.
This Model CX Ford is an import from New Zealand. Restored in 2004, it is right-hand drive and has been upgraded with a 60 hp Ford V8 engine with Edelbrock aluminum heads and dual carburetors. The V8-60, as it is frequently called, was offered in many overseas markets and in full-size cars in the US. Although disappointing in the big cars, it made its mark as a favorite powerplant in midget racing. This car also has a four-speed manual transmission from a 1980 Pinto, a modern alternator and an electric radiator fan.
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