1935 Ford Motor Company Panel TruckSOLD

RM Auctions - Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction - August 16-18

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Estimate: $85,000-$115,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $60,500

Specifications: 85hp, 221 cu. in. V8 engine, three-speed sliding gear transmission, three-quarter floating rear axle, four-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 112"

In the 1930s, Ford Motor Company went to great lengths to ensure that their dealerships provided top-notch service on the cars and trucks they sold. A factory trained mechanic assigned to each of the Company ’ s “ Service Mechanical Training ” panel trucks visited the dealerships in their assigned territory to instruct and test each dealer and their mechanics on how to properly service Ford vehicles. The training was both intensive and extensive with instruction on the proper methods of servicing, the correct tools to use, what a customer waiting room should look like and even how to handle customer complaints.

In 1935, Ford instructed each of its seventeen branch offices to order and equip two or three Delivery Panel trucks to service their respective territories. In 1934, the Ford branches had used Sedan Deliveries, but the Panel Trucks provided necessary additional space to accommodate equipment and training materials.

Discovered in 1989 by a keen Ford enthusiast and restorer, the 1935 Ford Panel Truck presented here was in need of a total restoration. It consisted of only the frame, basic body, differential with torque tube, clutch, pedal assembly and part of the steering column. The rest of the necessary parts were collected from across the country through the help of the Early V8 Ford Club of America, the Henry Ford Museum and other enthusiasts. The restoration, which was very thorough, took six years to complete.

Painted the correct Ford Motor Company “ Service Mechanical Training ” Vermillion Red with the Service Green beltline and black pinstripes and exact script, the panel truck was transformed into a stunning recreation of one of the forty-three special built panel trucks. The nicely detailed and fully rebuilt Flathead V8 is the correct type of engine, but is not the original powerplant. The black vinyl interior was replicated, as was the entire rear storage area complete with all the tools and parts that characterized these service trucks.

This faithful reproduction was shown in 1995 and 1997 at the Western National Ford meet and won a Dearborn award and medallion. From 1996 to June 2007, the one-of-a-kind Ford Motor Company “ Service Mechanical Training ” replica was on display at the Towe Auto Museum in Sacramento, California. The quality of the restoration and the unique role these trucks played in Ford Motor Company history would make this example a crowning addition to any serious Flathead V8 or 1930s Ford collection.

Reference Number 10099

as of 6/1/2007

Car 1935 Ford Motor Company Panel Truck
VIN 181917136 
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