With handsome styling and legendary “flathead” V8 power, Ford’s pickup trucks and sedan deliveries of the 1930s provided immense durability, utility and sheer value for the money. It comes as no surprise, then, that the light-duty truck model line helped Ford Motor Company sell more cars than any other American marque and post calendar-year production totals for 1935 approaching the coveted million-unit mark.
In large part, the key to Ford’s success in the burgeoning light-duty truck market of the 1930s was in its wonderful ability to adapt its basic production-car styling and underpinnings for heavier-duty use. With the light-truck redesign for 1935, Ford’s designers updated the bodywork with a more streamlined grille, fashionably skirted fenders and a raked windshield, providing integrated, eye-catching styling to match Ford’s traditionally strong engineering prowess and sturdy V8-based powertrain.
By their very nature, commercial vehicles and trucks are very well used, often under the most extreme conditions and situations. As a result, few classic trucks from the 1930s remain in good condition, let alone complete. Thankfully, this handsome Vineyard Green and black V8-powered 1935 pickup truck is a true survivor with a meticulous and recent body-off-frame restoration by the renowned Frank Hardman.
The quality of its restoration was confirmed by an impressive tally of five Dearborn Awards in Early Ford V8 Club-judged events, where this pickup has scored as high as a perfect 1,000 points. Continuing to benefit from the fastidious care of its current owner, this V8-powered 1935 Ford pickup remains excellent, and very likely, it is the nicest example of its kind in existence today.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California and in October of 2011 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
85 bhp, 221 cu. in. L-head V8 engine, three-speed sliding gear manual transmission, solid front axle with transverse leaf spring, ¾-floating rear axle with transverse leaf spring, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 112"
Source: RM Auctions Photo Credit: Copyright Kevin Winzeler