(first posted 6/5/2013) Do you like restored-to-original-spec cars? I do. And yes, I suppose I can appreciate some hot rods, but by and large, they strike me as lazy. An original Depression-era car is a beautiful thing, with all the chrome trim, moldings, and running boards intact. Some of the colors available were sharp too, with deep, beautiful greens, blues and maroons. And let’s face it, the paint-it-red-rip-off-the-running-boards-and-drop-in-a-350 are so played out. If you agree, you’ll love these beauties…
Yes indeed, here we have a lovely blue ’35 Roadster that has NOT been screwed with. It is as it must have looked as it came off the line back in late 1934 when the new, redesigned ’35s started appearing at your local Ford store.
I don’t think anyone will argue the fact that the 1933-34 Fords were also stunning, but the ’35 took the V8 into a more modern appearance. Fenders were fuller, there was more room inside and, of course, there was that great (albeit prone to overheating) flathead eight under the butterfly-hinged hood.
While my favorite is the convertible sedan, the roadster and cabriolet were equally stunning, especially in the right colors. But even the plain Standard four-door sedan was sharp. There just wasn’t a bad line on them.
But convertible sedans were falling out of favor. Sales dropped down to next-to-nothing. Indeed, less than 4,500 came off the line in 1935, and after 1939 the model would be no more. Of course, that makes them blue-chip collector cars today.
This blue roadster is a regular at the local shows; I have been enjoying its lines for over fifteen years. The convertible sedan I have only seen once; the photos were taken last year at the Geneseo show.
I have to tip my hat to these cars’ owners for keeping them intact, and not giving in to the “resale red-itis” that turns so many solid Thirties cars into a modern caricature of their original iterations. And before you hot-rod fanciers bring out your poison keyboards, I admit they have their place–when saving a basket-case jalopy from the metal-processing plant, for instance–and some can be pretty nice. But really, there’s no substitute for an original copy! They’re just classier.