1938 Ford V-8 DeLuxe Phaeton
$75,000 - $125,000Offered without reserve
RM | Auctions - THE DINGMAN COLLECTION - Offered from the Dingman Collection - Offered on: Sunday, June 24, 2018
- Offered from the Dingman Collection
- The final year of the Ford phaeton
- One of only 1,169 built that year
- Superb Jim Lowrey restoration
This 1938 DeLuxe phaeton is one of 1,169 built that year, the rarest of that year’s body styles. It was acquired by the Dingman Collection in March 2002 from Samuel Hilton of Seekonk, Massachusetts. Equipped with the early, 21-stud V-8 engine, it was treated to a full restoration at Jim Lowrey’s Auto Restoration in Tilton, New Hampshire.
The car is immaculate throughout. All body contours are correct, door gaps are even, and the doors shut well. Painted in gloss black, the car exhibits a deep shine, accented by excellent brightwork. The accessory door hinge mirrors, wind wings, and spider hub caps contribute to the effect. The interior is done in brown buttoned leather, with matching door panels and black rubber floor mats. Correct wood-grain makes the dashboard a thing of beauty, complemented by an iconic banjo steering wheel and a stem-wind clock in the glove box door. A taupe canvas top nicely completes the motif, and matching side curtains are found in the trunk.
The engine compartment is correctly detailed, using all period hardware. The undercarriage is exceedingly clean and properly detailed. The wheels, fitted with Ford-script 6.00 × 16 double whitewall tires, are accented with spider hubcaps and trim rings. Like all cars in the Dingman Collection, it has been maintained in exceptional condition.
The last of the last, this car truly represents the end of an era.