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A 1934 Ford Model 40 DeLuxe roadster cracks the top-10 in Auburn

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1934 Ford Model 40 DeLuxe roadster. Photos courtesy Auctions America.

When it comes to vehicles selling in an auction’s top-10, a Ford Model 40 generally isn’t the first model that comes to mind. While some restored examples have reached impressive heights (like the freshly restored black Model 40 DeLuxe roadster that sold at RM’s 2012 Monterey sale for $88,000), most change hands for considerably less money. In Auburn, Indiana, last weekend, a 1934 Ford Model 40 DeLuxe roadster sold for an impressive fee-inclusive price of $77,000, roughly $16,000 higher than current NADA high book value, breaking into the sale’s top-10.

1934 Ford Model 40 DeLuxe roadster

The big news from Ford for the 1934 model year was increased output from its flathead V-8. Thanks in part to a switch from a single barrel carburetor to a Stromberg dual-barrel carburetor, the 1934 Fords produced 85 horsepower at 3,800 RPM, a gain of 10hp over the previous model year. New V-8 logos adorned the hubcaps and grille, and the hood received straight instead of curved louvers, but other model year changes were even more subtle.

1934 Ford Model 40 DeLuxe roadster

Outside, the grille received fewer vertical bars, while the radiator frame’s chrome trim was a bit deeper than on the 1933 cars. DeLuxe models now came with fenders painted in the same color as the body, though customers could still request black fenders to contrast with the car’s primary color. Inside, the instrument panel surround was now painted to match the rest of the dash, instead of engine turned as in previous models. Sticklers for detail will point out that this change occurred late in 1933 production, so isn’t necessarily reserved for the 1934 model year.

1934 Ford Model 40 DeLuxe roadster

The example sold in Auburn last weekend was last restored in 1994, though it appears to have aged well over the past 22 years. Wearing chrome wire wheels (described as adjustable and not welded) instead of the usual painted wires, the Ford appeared to be a nice driver and local/regional show contender, and a quick search of auction records shows that it hasn’t crossed the block at a major sale in recent years.

1934 Ford Model 40 DeLuxe roadster

Aside from that, the car’s history is something of a question mark, and without a serial number to dig deeper, it’s impossible to provide more detail on why this Model 40 achieved the price it did. Chalk it up to auction fever, with multiple bidders desiring to add this DeLuxe roadster to their own collections.

1968 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2

The auction’s top seller was this 1968 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2. Photo by Andrew Thompson.

Other cars in the top-10 included a 1968 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2, which sold for $247,500; a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429, which sold for $238,700; a 1968 Shelby GT 500 fastback, which sold for $159,500; a 1936 Auburn 852 supercharged phaeton sedan, which sold for $ 90,750; a 1931 Auburn 8-98 phaeton, which sold for $89,100; a 1964 Chevrolet Corvette fuel-injected convertible, which sold for $86,900; a 1999 USMH Toterhome RV with a three-car trailer, which sold for $82,500; a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette coupe, which sold for $78,100; and a 1931 Packard Custom Eight sport phaeton, which sold for $75,900.

1968 Chevrolet Impala station wagon

1968 Chevrolet Impala station wagon.

Bargain lots included a 1962 Ford Thunderbird landau, which sold for $3,135; a 1959 Morris Minor 1000, which sold for $3,630; a 1953 Mack L-95 open-cab fire truck, which sold for $3,740; a 1975 Lincoln Continental Mark IV, which sold for $3,850; a 1969 Mercedes-Benz 230 sedan, which sold for $4,070; a 1925 Dodge Brothers four-door sedan, which sold for $4,730; a 1983 Chevrolet Camaro Z28, which sold for $4,950; a 1984 Ford Mustang SVO, which sold for $5,060; a 1963 Studebaker Cruiser Limousette, which sold for $5,500; and a 1968 Chevrolet Impala station wagon, which sold for $6,160.

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