• Unrestored, incredibly original, and well-preserved
• Early Ford V-8 Club Dearborn Award Winner
• Great colors; clean and handsome in presentation
• Exceptional leather upholstery; low mileage believed correct
• An unqualified prewar design and engineering triumph
• Legendary “Flathead” V-8 power; extremely rare preservation car
Body No: 750-LB-5242
Model 40 V-8. 221 cid L-head V-8 engine, 75 HP, three-speed sliding-gear manual transmission, solid front and ¾-floating rear axles with transverse leaf springs, four-wheel mechanical drum brakes; wheelbase: 112"
In typical fashion, Ford blanketed much of the passenger-car market for 1934 with a wide lineup of 13 different models aimed at virtually every conceivable buyer need. Most importantly, Ford placed high quality automobiles with V-8 power well within the reach of ordinary Americans with the additional virtues of low pricing and rock-solid reliability. While the landmark Ford V-8 engine continued to garner headlines, styling was perhaps the biggest factor in Ford’s remarkable 1930s success story. Working closely with Ford Motor Company president Edsel Ford, who was an immensely talented and creative stylist in his own right, Ford designer Eugene T. “Bob” Gregorie shared Edsel’s affinity for sleek, nautical design themes, conferring modern streamlined flair, uncanny balance, and a sense of speed on Ford’s “value-priced” models for 1934.
One of the most affordable, yet rare, Ford models offered for 1934 was the four-door, four-passenger Phaeton, priced from just $510. Just 373 were produced with V-8 power that year, exemplified by the outstanding example offered here. Striking, in Cordoba Grey with an orange beltline strip and red wheels and complemented by dark brown leather upholstery, it is an incredibly original, unrestored car acquired by Mr. Monical in 2010 that continues to present exceptionally well as it is now offered.
The paint finish is believed mostly original, save for a few selective touch-ups, and fit and finish of the body panels remains as the car left the assembly line. Chrome and bright trim are similarly excellent and all exterior features appear correct, including the headlights, dual external horns, bumper with bars, and “V8” scripted hubcaps. The engine bay is extremely tidy and correct, with all genuine Ford parts and components; even the radiator hoses and fan belt display proper white Ford stamped markings, and the air cleaner displays the correct Ford Motor Company decal. The firewall is clean, the cylinder heads are correctly finished in green, and the spark plug wires are contained within their proper routing tubes. The underside is equally impressive, with no undercoating present. The floor pans are straight with original factory pressed ribs, and the leaf springs and rear end remain clean. The Phaeton’s interior has aged gracefully with plenty of life remaining, and the same assessment applies to the factory-original floor mats. The unadorned faux wood grain dash also remains exceptional, with all of its correct gauges and components in place. The odometer displays only 33,000 miles, believed correct. As expected, this 1934 Ford Phaeton is great fun to drive, with its purring “Flathead” V-8 engine and three-speed transmission controlled by a sporty floor shifter. The number on the transmission matches the chassis number on this car, and it has never been removed.
Being such a special, well-preserved example, it is no surprise that this 1934 Ford Phaeton has won one of the most prestigious awards in Ford collector circles, the Dearborn Award from the Early Ford V-8 Club of America. Unadulterated original prewar cars are very hard to come by today, and this 1934 Ford Phaeton is nothing less than a landmark example. It looks extremely sharp whether the top is raised or lowered, with the Phaeton body clean, simple, and elegant in character. It will certainly provide a welcome entry into the preservation class of any worthy show or concours event; likewise, it will provide a benchmark of originality and effective preservation for study by historians and restoration specialist alike for many years to come. In short, it is clearly the finest known original and unrestored example of its kind.
1934 Ford Model 40 Eight Phaeton
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