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Lot 326A: Ford Model 18 Roadster Hotrod

The Scottsdale Sale, Bonhams & Butterfields (19 January 2012)

*221ci Flathead V-8 *Original, early 1950s Supercharger *Over $20,000 invested in the motor alone *Award winner at the 75th Anniversary of the Deuce in Dearborn, Michigan When Henry Ford introduced the Model A in 1927, the Model T had already been around for 20 years. But as important and hallowed as the Model A became, its tenure was only for five model years. The next Ford, 1932's Model B, is nowhere near as well-known, but Ford had something up its sleeve that turned the low-priced segment upside-down: the Model 18. The name may not sound familiar, but it simply was the Model B with Ford's brand-new "Flathead" V-8. The significance of providing a V-8 in a segment full of four-cylinder flivvers did not go unnoticed by the American public, as the Model 18 became another populist success for Henry Ford that handily outsold the basic Model B. Displacing 221 cubic inches and putting out 65 horses with a one-barrel carburetor and 5.5:1 compression, this was the first iteration of the motor that would gain favor with Hot Rodders after Word War II and Boomers who sang songs about Deuces in a coupe bodystyle. This 1932 Ford Model 18 Roadster with rumble seat was restored ten years ago by an older gentleman who had been collecting NOS parts for over 40 years. It made a notable showing at the Ford's 75th Anniversary Deuce celebration in Dearborn, then was sold to a new owner who installed a chrome front end with a dropped front axle and Lincoln hydraulic brakes. The rear end was rebuilt with 3.56 gear ratio replacing the 4.11 ratio, then early-1970s Michelins were slapped on all corners and plenty of fun was had. H & H Flatheads then was commissioned to rebuild the motor just like the one on the cover of their catalog; all together, over $20,000 was invested (including the period 1950s blower) with four pages of parts and labor to show for it. Paint was handled by Tom Black's Garage and interior chores by Guy's Interior Restorations, both award-winning shops in Portland, Oregon. With the help of Lee Gale, this unique Model 18 was brought back to life with a new steering box, special cooling system, twenty-five-louver hood, rear-view mirror/clock, original WWII gas rationing decal, and other details. The electrical system runs through the original six-volt system as well. The 1932 Ford is perhaps the godfather of post-war collectibles. Few are as solid as this one, the quintessential American hot rod.

Lot Details
Auction The Scottsdale Sale
Bonhams & Butterfields, Arizona, Scottsdale
Lot Number326A
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$84000
Hammer Price (inc premium)$98280
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Chassis number181511299
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Number of doors2