The Model 48 made its debut in 1935 and was a modernized version of the existing Model 40A, Ford’s primary product at the time. The perfect combination of practicality, good looks, and affordability that the Model 48 possessed made it exceedingly successful and boosted Ford ahead of Chevrolet, the company’s main rival at the time, taking the crown for most cars sold that year; 820,000 to be exact. This 1935 Ford Model 48 is the Deluxe trim, and currently resides in Ohio and is one of just 3,187 cars ever produced. What makes it even more exclusive is that this Deluxe is reportedly one of just 30 cars left.
This rare 1935 Ford Deluxe Convertible Sedan has received a complete body-off restoration and now sits proudly in Deer Born Blue—the original color that it first came in. The abundance of chrome that highlights the exterior, such as its massive front grille, front, and rear bumper, along with the head and taillights, has been refinished. This Model 48 convertible is equipped with a beige soft top and sits on a set of whitewall tires. The interior has been reupholstered and restored by Lebanon Bonney Company. The cabin features a perfectly preserved tan interior that includes all trim pieces to look brand new and plush leather seats, along with leather door panels and a beautiful 3-spoke steering wheel that matches the dash panel.
Under the hood of this vintage Deluxe sits a 221ci 3.6L flathead V-8 that sends power to the rear wheels. The naturally aspirated V8 can produce up to 85BHP at 3,800rmp via a 3-speed manual standard transmission.