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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale January 27th – 31st, 2016 at Russo and Steele’s 16th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction. Please contact us for more information.
Following the immensely successful launch for 1932 of the handsomely styled V-8 powered Ford models – the world’s first “popular price” V-8 motorcars – design took greater prominence than ever before at Dearborn. The beautifully styled 1934 Fords, essentially scaled-up versions of Eugene T. “Bob” Gregorie’s Model Y for British and European markets, set a new standard for automotive design at affordable, mass-market pricing. Soon after leaving the Depression-ravaged yacht building industry to join Ford Motor Company, Gregorie worked closely with Edsel Ford, Henry’s deeply talented son. As a means of transportation where his father’s massive influence was not felt, boats and their refined and efficient lines were a natural and mutual interest for the two men. In fact, later interviews with Mr. Gregorie confirmed that Edsel Ford’s familiarity with boats greatly influenced his direction of Ford’s design team during the 1930s.
America’s other manufacturers were slow to catch on during the mid-1930s though, no doubt discouraged by Chrysler’s unfortunate and humbling experience with its radical but short-lived Airflow. Ford, however, adopted upscale nautical-themed designs and even sharp boat-like prows quite effectively to freshen its styling and stimulate sales on the showroom floor. The Ford/Gregorie collaboration on the 1936 Ford model lineup is a perfect case in point, with a smoothly redesigned grille shell, fully skirted front and rear fenders, a gracefully raked windshield, artfully designed bumpers, and restrained yet effective use of bright trim. Conveying the impression of speed even while at rest, the 1936 Fords remain highly sought-after in all forms today, including the hard-working commercial vehicles.
This fully restored 1936 Ford Panel Delivery truck is a great find in stock appearance and original specification. It was formerly part of the private Waco, Texas museum collection of Paul J. Myers, who had amassed a grouping of each Ford body style manufactured for 1936. Space restrictions forced him to sell his 1936 Ford trucks, creating a wonderful opportunity for our Consignor, who acquired this visually stunning and rare 1936 Ford Panel Truck during January 2007. Handsomely finished in Vineyard Green, it features ample power by a 221 cubic-inch ‘LB’ Flathead V-8 engine developing 85 horsepower and retains its original-specification 6-volt electrical system. Other highlights include a side mounted spare. In recognition of its excellence, this very special classic Ford received an award at the March 2015 AACA winter meet. Riding on a set of new wide whitewall Coker radial tires, it runs beautifully, does not overheat, and drives quite nicely at 60 mph. As offered, this stylish 1936 Panel Truck comes with a book of “pre-restoration” photographs and receipts for the work performed by the Consignor since it was purchased. Beautifully presented collector-owned, this 1936 Ford Panel Truck is, simply put, a great and highly collectible example of Ford’s iconic early V-8 models.