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1935 Ford 48
1935 Ford Model 48 DeLuxe Tudor Sedan 

This car has been in Missouri since new & with the same owner since 1982!

21-stud 221 CID Flathead V-8 engine
Three-speed sliding gear manual transmission
Vineyard Green exterior and tan interior
Stewart Warner South Wind heater
Amber fog lights and dual horns
Documentation includes original dealer customer invoice for service from 1940 and 1948 AAA Service Station Directory 
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Pre-World War II Fords are becoming harder to find but we have one at MotoeXotica Classic Cars. We are pleased to offer this 1935 Model 48 DeLuxe Tudor Sedan. This car has been in Missouri since it was bought new and with the same loving owner for the past 36 years, since 1982!

Dressed in Vineyard Green, this car’s paint and trim are in overall excellent condition. The green is very eye-catching. The bodywork is straight and solid, including the rubberized roof, which was commonly used then, and the chrome bumpers, which are in very good order.

This 48 wears Goodyear Deluxe All-Weather tires, size 6.00-16 at all four corners. They are mounted on body-colored Ford wire wheels with chrome center caps, the left front window has a crack.  The tires and wheels are all in very good condition.

Under the vee’d hood is Ford’s 221 CID Flathead V-8 engine. 1935’s 48 V-8 saw compression drop to 6.3:1, but power climb to 85 horsepower, and torque was rated at 144 lbs⋅ft. Production of the original 221 lasted from 1932 through to 1936. These engines can be identified by their water pumps located at the front of the heads. Backing up this engine is a three-speed sliding gear manual transmission with a floor-mounted shifter and a 4.11:1 differential.

Inside, the tan seats are in overall excellent condition, the matching carpet looks great and the headliner does, too. The three-spoke steering wheel is in satisfactory order, while the metal instrument panel, with its full suite of gauges, is in great condition, as are the inner door liners. The floor shifter is in satisfactory order.  The odometer reading in 1982 was 3,035 and remains the same as the odometer/speedometer are inoperable.

We found a dealer customer invoice dated September 20, 1940 in the car’s glovebox. The owner at that time lived at 1144 McCausland Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri. Today, an off-ramp from westbound Interstate 64 exits onto McCausland at that location. At 25,456 miles, the owner had the dealer, Love-Johnson Motor Co., lubricate the chassis and adjust the brakes, which cost a grand total of $1.10! Love-Johnson Ford was located at 5244 Natural Bridge Ave., just east of Union Boulevard in St. Louis. Today, that address is part of Stepney Brothers Auto Body. That invoice was tucked within a 1948 AAA Service Station Directory.

The 1935 Ford was a thorough refresh on the popular V-8-powered Ford. The four-cylinder Model A engine was no longer offered, leaving just the 221 CID V-8 to power every Ford car and truck. The transverse leaf spring suspension remained, but the front spring was relocated ahead of the axle to allow more interior volume. The body was lowered and new “Center-Poise” seating for improved comfort.

Visually, the 1935 Ford was much more modern with the grille pushed forward and made more prominent by de-emphasized and more-integrated fenders. A major advance was a true integrated trunk on “trunkback” sedans, though the traditional “flatback” was also offered.

Two trim lines were offered, standard and DeLuxe, across a number of body styles including a base roadster, five-window coupe, three-window coupe, Tudor and Fordor sedans in flatback or trunkback versions, a convertible sedan, a woody station wagon, and new Model 51 truck. Rumble seats were optional on coupe model. An oil pressure gauge (costing $4) and two windshield wipers were optional. If one got the optional radio, it replaced the ash tray.

The 1935 Ford\'s combination of price, practicality, and looks vaulted the company ahead of rival Chevrolet for the sales crown that year, with 820,000 sold. Competition to this Ford in 1935 included Chevrolet’s Master Deluxe models and Plymouth’s PJ Deluxe Two-door Touring Sedan.

Ford fans would enjoy seeing this ’35 Tudor, as would any collector who specializes in pre-World War II vehicles. If you’re interested in taking a gander at it, please stop by MotoeXotica Classic Cars today for a look-see!


This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 3,035 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!

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