1932 Ford Model 18 Fordor SedanSOLD

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Estimate: $30,000-$50,000 US

Sold: $36,300

65hp, 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 mechanically-actuated internal-expanding brakes. Wheelbase: 106"

The 75th Anniversary of the launch of the 1932 Ford models was an historic event worth celebrating. In his 2007 Auto Week article, J.P. Vettraino reflected that the car’s development “…pushed Ford closer to the brink of insolvency and raised the public’s expectations for a standard, reasonably priced automobile. It was half inspiration, half desperation, like so many of the moves that marked Henry Ford’s career.” Vettraino continued, “The 1932 model was for Ford what the minivan was for Chrysler in the mid-1980s: a Hail Mary pass, completed in spectacular fashion for a touchdown as time was running out.”

Vettraino’s commentary is certainly no overstatement of the car’s significance. In fact, the inspired design of the 1932 models juxtaposed the titanic struggle that resulted over the construction of the world’s first successful low-priced, high-volume, “monoblock” V8 engine, which defied conventional engineering practices. Yes, the V8 did have its teething pains after its release, but Ford’s resolute decision to make massive investments to the Rouge plant and to press forward with development of the challenging V8 saved Ford Motor Company at the depths of the Great Depression. In turn, that fateful decision produced a series of automobiles that remain beloved by millions of enthusiasts to this day.

This wonderful Model 18 Fordor Sedan shows approximately 33,000 miles. Its handsome green body is accented by a black roof insert, black fenders, tan pinstriping at the beltline, and very good brightwork. Accessories include dual cowl-mounted lights, a rear-mounted spare tire, cream-colored steel wire wheels with bright hubcaps, and whitewall tires. Notably, the car retains its original interior, including the woodgrain trim and glass, although the headliner and carpeting are newer items. Reflecting thoughtful care and thorough maintenance, the underhood area, V8 engine, and undercarriage are highly detailed, period correct, and impressive throughout.

Featured in Robert Genat’s “Deuce: 75 Years of the ’32 Ford”, this outstanding Model 18 Fordor Sedan is a wonderful example of the timeless and iconic 1932 Ford, as well as a drivable and very enjoyable piece of history.

Reference Number 38546

as of 2/10/2009

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Car 1932 Ford Model 18 Fordor Sedan
VIN 18157475 
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