1932 Ford Model B

DeLuxe 5-Window Coupe
RM Sotheby's Hershey 2021
Thursday, 7 October - Friday, 8 October 2021
Sale Price
$50,000 - $60,000
Est. Range
7 October 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Cosmetic restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. AB5014323. Maroon and black over beige cloth. 201/50hp inline four, 3-speed, top-hinged windshield, Sparton horn, brown wire wheels, whitewall tires, rumble seat, rollup rear window with pulldown shade, rumble seat.

Evaluation: Very good older paint, chrome and interior. Orderly engine compartment but with aged wiring. Highly presentable but not fully restored.

Bottom Line: Ford’s 1932 introduction of the flathead V-8 in a low-priced car was a leap into unknown territory and Ford conservatively continued to offer a 4-cylinder, the upgraded Model B, as a backup. It was successful, with 75,945 built including just 968 Deluxe Coupes like this, but nothing like the 178,749 V-8s. It is highly unusual to see a surviving stock 5-window coupe that hasn’t been hot rodded and the visual presentation of this example is excellent.

The old wiring, however, is indicative of corners cut during the cosmetic restoration and the bidders were appropriately reserved in their enthusiasm. Despite the misgivings, however, this is a superb looking example and a seriously good value that at this price (unfortunately) could be a candidate for modification. It is a great value.

by Rick Carey
17 November 2021
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