<b>1932 Ford B400 Convertible Sedan</b><br />Engine no. 18A147358

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Lot 288
1932 Ford B400 Convertible Sedan

Sold for € 62,100 (US$ 63,869) inc. premium

Den Hartogh Sale

23 Jun 2018, 11:00 CEST

Hillegom

1932 Ford Model B 400 Convertible Sedan
Engine no. 18A147358

1932 was a watershed year for Ford. A steady erosion of their market share to Chevrolet made Ford wipe its line clean for 1932 and embark in an unexpected direction. The normal industry trend for manufacturers producing lower priced cars was to evolve their four-cylinder car into straight six models. The market was awash with small six-cylinder cars and many offered little performance gains over the venerable fours. Some believe it was due to Fords personal disdain for sixes after the failure of the Model K that they went directly to V8 powerplants. The V8 had been the domain of high end cars like Cadillac and Lincoln and not the sort of thing conservative Ford was likely to offer.

One of the most elusive 1932 Ford models is the B400 with only 884 built. A two-door convertible sedan that offered open driving as well as full weather protection. It was unusual in the fact the door and window frames remain intact with the top down. The vehicle was an evolution of a similar style offered in the Model A line up.

Powered by the newly introduced 65hp V8 engine and mounted to an all new and robust chassis, this B400 was a significant upgrade over its model A predecessor. The body style clearly did not catch on with the public and ford would eventually offer a conventional and costly convertible sedan.

This example is certainly and honest and unmolested B400. It appears to have received some restoration work over the years but maintains quite an original appearance. Fitted with accessory driving lights and side mirror, it also features a fully chromed radiator shell. A great chance to acquire one of the rarest and most desirable early Ford V8 cars.
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<b>1932 Ford B400 Convertible Sedan</b><br />Engine no. 18A147358
<b>1932 Ford B400 Convertible Sedan</b><br />Engine no. 18A147358
<b>1932 Ford B400 Convertible Sedan</b><br />Engine no. 18A147358
<b>1932 Ford B400 Convertible Sedan</b><br />Engine no. 18A147358
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