The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 65
1936 Ford Tudor Standard Sedan
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE


Selling on Friday

1936 Ford Tudor Standard Sedan

CHASSIS NO: 182899503

• Incredibly deep and shiny bright royal blue paint finish
• A stock restoration of the legendary flathead motor
• The largest selling model in the largest selling year of the decade for Ford
• A brilliant restoration of a solid rust-free car


221 cid V-8 engine, 90 HP, three-speed manual transmission, front and rear transverse leaf springs, four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 112


The 1936 Fords, in most respects, were a continuation of the best-selling 1935 models, with a number of appearance changes that made them seem almost completely new. The 1936 Fords were given a front-end restyle by Holden 'Bob' Koto, of Briggs Manufacturing Company. Koto enjoyed a career that spanned nearly four decades, later helping Dick Caleal model the 1949 Ford, and he also worked for Raymond Loewy on the 1953 Studebaker.

During the 1930s, market preference continued to shift toward closed bodies. Some manufacturers continued to offer open models while some canceled them entirely. Ford, while relying on the Tudor and the Fordor Sedans for volume, continued to offer a wide range of open cars in their catalogue. Their strategy obviously worked, as total Ford production in 1936 was 972,812, marking the largest single year production (1932-1942) ever assembled. The 1936 moved the engine forward 8.5 inches, body 5.5 inches wider, front springs moved forward of axle and rear spring rear of axle, resulting in what Ford called 'center poised ride.' Fenders were rounder, grille, hood, wheels were with more flowing lines resulting in a more fashionable car. The flathead V-8 engine now has a replaceable bearing with a ventilated crankcase.

This Ford Tudor Sedan is resplendent in bright royal blue, with a fit and finish far beyond anything Henry Ford did in 1936. Every piece of chrome and brightwork is glimmers, and the exterior of this car is simply stunning, with a rear-mounted covered spare tire. It rides on the correct painted steel wheels with chrome hubcaps, all shod with modern wide whitewall tires. The engine bay is clean and correct, and the legendary flathead starts easily and runs out nicely. Inside, the tan cloth interior is all new and in fine condition, with a beautiful period banjo steering wheel and clear gauges in the dash. Popular when new and highly desirable today, this brilliant 36 Ford will always be one of the most sought-after collector cars in existence, and this fine example sets a high bar for condition and originality.

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