1936 Ford Deluxe Phaeton

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The Ford Deluxe Phaeton sports a rare body style

This Ford sparked a question, at least in my mind: What exactly is a phaeton?

I learned via time-wasting web searches that the name originally pertained to open, high-wheeled, horse-drawn carriages that were sporty but dangerous, and thusly named after Phaeton, the son of the Greek god Helios, who drove his chariot of fire in a reckless manner. Yes, those were different times.

By the 1930s, the term phaeton was applied to sporty convertible cars that had a minimum of weather protection, generally four-door models without roll-up windows and with basic cloth tops.

The Phaeton is well-accessorized with period details

The Pick of the Day is a handsome 1936 Ford Deluxe Phaeton, which the seller notes is one of just 5,555 Deluxe Phaetons produced by Ford in 1936, out of nearly 800,000 cars sold in those economically depressed days. This would have been an extravagant body style, with most Fords sold in practical sedan configurations.

This Phaeton received a complete nut-and-bolt restoration in 1978 and has been properly cared for since, according to the private seller in Mount Vernon, Texas, advertising the Ford on ClassicCars.com. The seller rates the car as being in “a solid 2++” condition and notes that “the car appears 100% correct down to the belts, hoses, and little details.”

The dashboard looks inviting with its stylish gauges and circular radio dial

“The meticulous quality of the restoration is still evident today,” according to the listing. “The Washington Blue paint is excellent with a deep shine.

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“The car is highly optioned with the Ford radio, Ford script wind wings, rear-view mirror with clock, rear-mounted spare with trunk rack, and Ford-script wide whitewalls tires with rare spider hub caps.

“The upholstery is in perfect condition, with side curtains stored behind the rear seat.  They look as if they have never been installed on the car.”

A flathead V8 provides the power

The car is in good running condition and ready for touring, the seller adds. It is powered by Ford’s famous flathead V8 with a three-speed manual transmission.

“The car is a joy to drive, moves quickly up to highway speed, no shimmy, shake or pulling of any kind,” the ad says. “Still equipped with mechanical brakes, they stop straight and true.”

The asking price of $43,750 seems reasonable for this pre-war classic.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

 

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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