In 1932, Ford unveiled its smooth V8 engine – the first made available to the public at an affordable price point. The automaker abandoned the 4-cylinder engine that powered its Model A cars when it released the Model 48 in 1935.
The Model 48 was an obvious update from the Model 40A – Ford’s bread-and-butter car – and about 820,000 Model 48s were sold between 1935 and ’36. This skyrocketed Ford’s sales, beating its rival Chevrolet.
According to the Stratford, Connecticut, dealer advertising the roadster on ClassicCars.com, this Model 48 underwent a recent professional restoration and is “dressed in a handsome, original specification color-matched Burgundy two-stage paint.”
The dark burgundy color is nicely accented with gold pinstripes running down the sides of the body and a light tan cloth top.
Bold body stylings include a large inverted pentagonal grille surrounded by chrome trim, hood side louvers that help cool down the V8, chrome headlamps and a rumble seat that came along with the deluxe trim.
The interior is finished in Tobacco Brown leather and features a Bakelite sprung steering wheel, radio, dual windshield wipers and an oil pressure gauge – another deluxe trim addition.
Power comes from a rebuilt 221cid flathead V8 factory rated at 85 horsepower and linked to a 3-speed manual transmission.
“The roadster on offer here runs and drives nicely having had all systems refurbished in restoration,” the dealer says. “It is go…or show ready and wants for nothing but a new curator to enjoy its many charms.”
The Model 48 is offered for $75,000.
To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.