1935 Ford Other Cabriolet
Beauty and Authenticity….a love story A little more than 20 years ago, in 1996, I was working with NASCAR on what became their 50th Anniversary celebration. I got to see a lot of great old photos from the early days when they raced on the beach, and I fell in love with the 1930’s Fords, especially the convertibles. After a bit of looking around I found one, a 1935 Cabriolet in Roanoke, Virginia. It was perfect, and even prettier than the photos; one of those amazing works of mechanical art from an era when we were just learning to blend beautiful design and practical function. Even standing still it looked like it was in motion. Unlike so many that were chopped into street rods, it had been lovingly restored, as close as possible to when it rolled off the assembly line. A retired electrical engineer had bought it as a project car in a scrap yard, in his own words, “to keep busy.” And boy did he keep busy. Over the next five years, with some help from his friends, every nut, bolt and screw was rebuilt or replaced with authentic parts, from the 6 volt electrics and mechanical brakes to a gravitational fuel pump. He even had the stock paint color mixed to 1935 standards. As a nod to modern times, he discretely added a backup electrical fuel pump and a mechanism to balance out the brakes, as well as a radiator water recycler and beefed up cooling system. The only changes he made were to increase the joy of driving it, without compromising his commitment to restoring it to its’ authentic, original condition. It was love at first sight, and of course, I bought it. Over the past 20 years I’ve spent a lot of time just looking at it and driving it when I had the time, putting a total of about 3,500 miles on the odometer. The original, second series flathead V8 purrs and runs so quietly it barely makes ripples in a cup of coffee. Upon request, it can roar, too, and it feels so tight on the road that it’s hard to imagine that Franklin Roosevelt was president when it was born. Now I’m looking for this 80 year old masterpiece’s next chapter and a new home. The car is located in Northwest Connecticut and we encourage you to come to inspect it and take it for a drive prior to help make your decision. Summary: 1935 Model 48, 2 Door Cabriolet Second Series, 221 Cubic Inch Flathead V8 85 BHP We are not able to confirm that the motor is matching numbers The motor has 21 stud Cast Iron Ford Heads, originally these had aluminum heads Totally Rust Free Totally Metal and Straight 25 Year Old Complete Restoration LeBaron Bonney Convertible Top and Upholstery Dearborn Blue with Poppy Red Stripe and Wheels Paint and Body Wear Consistent with Typical use, there are some cracks and chips in paint Tool Kit as pictured The vehicle is currently registered and insured in Connecticut. The state does not issue Titles for older vehicles, so sale will be with a Bill of Sale. If you require any further details or specific photos, please inquire.