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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder August 17th – 19th, 2017 at Russo and Steele’s 17th Annual Monterey, California Auction. Please contact us for more information.
Los Angeles Broadcasting Pioneer Art Astor was a man known for many things. A dedicated businessman, loving father and grandfather and first rate soldier, Art was also known for his incredible devotion to the automobile.
Russo and Steele is proud to present in Monterey, California the last remaining automobiles in Art Astor’s legendary collection. The Devotion Collection features the cars truly closest to Art’s heart. These fourteen remaining offerings are vehicles that Art felt so passionately about that he kept them the closest to him, through the end of his life and include prime examples of Pre and Post War American Classics, American Luxury Cars and European Sports Cars.
Ford Motor Company introduced its De Luxe Ford line in 1938 as an upscale alternative to bridge the gap between its base model and luxury Lincoln offerings. The “Deluxe” name was used intermittently before and after this to specify an upscale trim, but the De Luxe Ford line was differentiated as a separate “marque within a marque” with separate styling and pricing through 1940. The De Luxe Fords of 1939 featured a more sloping hood and ornamental heart-shaped grille and the De Luxe Fords gained sharp v-shaped grilles with vertical bars. The side grilles and louvers were removed in favor of chrome strips on Deluxe models.
The “alligator” hood opened deep from the top of the grille back, eliminating the side panels found on previous models. The engine was also revised for 1939 with downdraft carburetors widening the torque band but leaving power unchanged at 85 horsepower.