1934 Ford Phaeton
Chassis no. Illegible
In the late Twenties and early Thirties automobile buyers were increasingly expressing their preference for larger, heavier enclosed bodies. Suppliers began to deliver wider steel sheets that body manufacturers' newer, larger presses could stamp into the bigger panels which enclosed bodies needed. That was quite a bit of "bigger" and no small amount of "heavier" for even mass-production marques like Ford, Plymouth, Willys and Chevrolet to handle, however, and this exerted an irresistible pressure upon the manufacturers to come up with longer, stronger chassis and more powerful engines. That affected even Henry Ford, who had long insisted upon the virtues of lightweight vehicles. For 1933 the Ford chassis grew six inches, to an 112" wheelbase. The frame was stronger and had a larger X-member for greater rigidity. The flathead V-8, already a superb compromise between lightweight and performance, got even better with ten more horsepower. Advances in tire technology allowed Ford to mount 1" smaller 16" diameter wheels with larger tires. Their functional advantage was a better ride but their aesthetic effect required completely restyled bodywork.
The resulting 1933 Ford and its very similar 1934 model would become a classic of the era. Vastly different from the iconic 32 Ford the 33 succeeded in being every bit as charismatic but in a more modern way.
The Phaeton offered here is a rare example of a body style more associated with an earlier era but much beloved today. Offered as restoration project, the body looks complete and reasonably straight. Although the engine is removed, thoroughly disassembled and its completeness doubtful, it is only but a minor problem today.
All in all, this Ford represents a great project with an end result being one of the more desirable Fords of its era.
Offered on a Bill of Sale.