The 1936 Ford Model 68 Deluxe Phaeton was built as a true upper-echelon classic. And while this rare treat is still for only the select few, the slick paint, loaded interior, powerful ZZ4 crate motor, and many other upgrades prove that classic elegance doesn't have to leave you short on power, luxury, or flair.
The thin convertible roof of the Phaeton body style is always desirable on a classic. It gives the car a very sporty and European feel with the top up. This was far from the most expensive car Ford offered in its upper-market Deluxe line in '36, but people opted to pay more for roll down windows. Today we'd all love the cool look of the Phaeton, and it's especially in-demand because of the fewer people who bought one new. But more than rarity, you can tell this one is something special just by the way the sunlight hits the paint. The Brandywine color is full of a rich and modern luster. So you just instantly can tell someone invested the kind of money in just paintwork that other people would spend to buy a whole restored Model A. And to understand the overall quality, just look at how all of the 80+ year-old steel retains its sleek lines, or how the doors can still easily be open and shut with confidence. All the details are right on this one, including the waterfall chrome grille, etched chrome bumpers with center dip curve, and even the Ford V8 hubcaps. Yes, this a superior machine, but there's much more here than just elegance.
The gorgeous condition of the tan leather interior was a product of the investment in restoration. The comfortable two rows of bench seats follow a similar pattern to original, but now the front seatback is split for individualized comfort. And that seat is even heated for those early morning runs to the car show. The seat color is matched on the door panels and banjo-style steering wheel. And when you add in the exterior-matching carpeting and dash, this interior could win awards for its coordination alone. But what will really make you fall in love is how easy this one is to drive on any day. There's a parcel shelf built to house a modern AM/FM/CD/XM stereo with iPod input, and this even has cold air conditioning to keep you comfortable with the top down. You also get the convenience of a Lokar shifter and a full set of Classics Instruments gauges set in a sporty machine-turned aluminum panel. But even with all this more modern flair, they still left the rare and interesting AM radio in the center of the dash. It's there just so you're reminded of how far this car has come in its complete restoration.
And while you'll love the upgrades to the exterior and interior, your favorite is hiding under the butterfly hood. While the Ford flathead is a fine motor, people will be bowled over by the sight of this 350 cubic-inch ZZ4 crate motor. Just like the rest of the car, it's hard not to fall in love with the level of shine on the motor. And have you noticed how the block and intake were painted to match the rest of the Brandywine? It's another sign of a top-quality and through build, and since there's only about 4.500 miles on the motor, it really is as fresh as it looks! More than just an award-worthy appearance, this is a true powerhouse. The performance crate V8 has been enhanced and fortified with fuel injection, aluminum heads, Accel DFI electric ignition, and a Walker aluminum radiator w/electric fan. This kind of upgrade makes this Ford perfect for everything from easy cruising to performance driving. That's why it also has a strong 700R4 four-speed automatic transmission w/overdrive and a stout Ford 9-inch rear. They even upgraded the front suspension to a Mustang II-style independent unit with tubular A-arms and adjustable coilovers for the best in handling and comfort. Add in front disc brakes and a modern tread on those classic whitewall tires, and this is the Phaeton that knows how to handle its extra power.
The sale comes complete with build receipts, memorabilia, and an appraiser's report. This is quite a unique build, and because it leaves you wanting for nothing, it's only meant for someone who demands the best. Is that you?