Motor City

25 July 2015

Previous Next

Lot 130

1936 Ford V-8 DeLuxe Roadster

  • Chassis no. 18-2250862
  • Body no. 68710142

Sold for $60,500


Model 68. 85 bhp, 221 cu. in. L-head V-8 engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front and live rear axles with transverse semi-elliptical leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 112 in.

  • Rarest of the open ’36 Fords
  • Outstanding restoration
  • Numerous options and accessories


Many manufacturers saw sales of open body styles, particularly truly open cars like tourers and roadsters, shrink dramatically during the early 1930s, as buyers continued to prefer closed bodies. At the same time, these cars had never looked better, as automakers like Ford rapidly adopted more streamlined, rounded lines that gave even lower-priced automobiles an “expensive” look.

The happy if unintended result of this was that cars like this 1936 Ford DeLuxe Roadster, with only 3,862 of this model built, were so rare when new that the survivors are hotly desired by collectors and are some of the most sought after and valuable of all period V-8 Fords.

This particular DeLuxe Roadster was reportedly one of the first to be built for the 1936 model year, with a September 1935 date of manufacture. It was beautifully restored in previous ownership and finished in factory-correct Black with Apple Green striping and Gray Brown veal-grain leather upholstery. It is equipped with a rumble seat and a very desirable original accessory radio. The top and interior are beautifully fitted and use LeBaron-Bonney materials.

The restoration was judged three times at Early Ford V-8 Club meets, eventually receiving a perfect score of 1,000 points and no fewer than three of the famed Dearborn Awards. Jerry Veley, the Ford expert who restored the car originally, freshened its restoration in 2009/10, and it remains in high-point condition, with recent detailing and preparation by RM Auto Restoration.

This beautiful example of the DeLuxe Roadster is still an outstanding 1936 Ford, with the quality of its restoration shining in every nut and bolt.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

drose@rmsothebys.com

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

dgould@rmsothebys.com

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

gduff@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

pdarvill@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more