If you like the iconic look of the late '30s Fords, smooth flathead V8 power, and sporty roofline, then this 1936 Ford Model 68 Phaeton is just waiting for you to drive it home. In fact, this car's history has it in a private collection of someone known for precision excellence.
History has an interesting way of making you appreciate a classic like this. The Phaeton body style has a thin roofline opening up the car even with the top in place. That gives this American classic a very .....
European feel. It was far from the most expensive car Ford offered in its upper-market Deluxe line in 1936 because people opted to pay more for roll-down windows instead of side curtains. But today we all love the cool look of the Phaeton, and it's especially in-demand because it has the kind of rarity that many people didn't even know was an option. There's a look of quality to this car. You see it in the way the nearly 90-year-old steel retains its sleek lines, and how all the details are right on this one, including the waterfall chrome grille, etched chrome bumpers with center dip curve, and even the Ford V8 hubcaps. We're told this car had spent many years in the private collection of Dee Howard. That's quite important to note for multiple reasons. First Howard was known for his indoor climate-controlled collection. Also, we're always excited when cars cross the path of aviation experts like Howard. He held engineering to a high standard that's often reflected in the quality of the vehicles, too. In fact, Howard also held patents for vehicle safety. So while this Phaeton would likely need some added investments to become a concours car again, there's an impressive overall presentation that comes from being part of a collection that has treasured thorough correctness.
Inside, the comfortable rows of bench seats look as inviting as your favorite easy chair. A beautiful banjo-style steering wheel, side wind wings, and big round gauges with a gorgeous period look all help with the upscale feel. You will find some signs of use in places like the driver's seat and roof. It's more about making sure you know this is a true driver's car. That's why you see a few of the right subtle upgrades, like under-dash auxiliary readouts and seatbelts.
Everyone from outlaws and enthusiasts loved Ford's awesome flathead V8. This is even a 239 cubic-inch version. But you'd have to volunteer that secret because everyone will really just be marveling at the ultra-tidy engine bay. It's this clean and organized look that drives home the feeling that this came from an aviation man's private reserve. It also has the strong-running nature of a properly cherished classic. And there are nice upgrades to keep this a true cruiser like an electric fuel pump, stainless steel fuel lines, and an alternator. The three-speed manual transmission shifts easily with clean clutch action, and so driving a 1936 classic will feel much easier and more confident than you may think.
The sale comes complete with extras like the correct generator, extra upholstery material, and interior tonneau covers. This is the distinct phaeton that was made to enjoy on the road. So if you love driving your classics, and having all eyes on you, call today!