As buyers continued to prefer closed bodies during the early 1930s, many manufacturers saw sales of open body styles, particularly truly open cars like tourers and roadsters, shrink dramatically. At the same time, cars had never looked better, and Ford, in particular, rapidly adopted more streamlined, rounded lines that gave even their popular-priced automobiles an upmarket look. That, and the famous V8 in an affordable car, cemented Ford’s legacy as the best-selling vehicles of their era.
The happy, if unintended, result of this was that cars like this 1935 Ford Deluxe Roadster were so rare when new—with only 3,862 of this model built—that the survivors are hotly desired by collectors today and are among the most sought-after and valuable of all period V8 Fords.
This beautifully presented Roadster is reported to drive just as well as it looks in the wonderful burgundy and grey leather interior. The current owner has used the car to compete in the Flying Scotsman and has serviced the car regularly. Most recently a new gearbox was fitted and the car is said to be in good to excellent condition throughout. A rare sight on British roads and sure to be a conversation starter wherever the lucky new owner goes.