In 1933 Ford revised their V8 model known as the Model 18 or Duece. The car received a longer wheelbase and an all-new front grill.
Many design traits were taken from the English Ford Model Y including the sloping front grill and hood louvers.
Our feature example is a Deluxe 3-Window Coupe from the Nick Alexander Collection. It was purchase partially restored from the Milton Robson collection and finished at Alexander’s own shop. RM auctions had the distinct pleasure to offer this car at the 2012 Monterey Sports Car Auction.
Series Production Car
3622 cc / 221 in³
77.8 mm / 3.0625 in
95.3 mm / 3.75 in
48.5 kw / 65 bhp
17.95 bhp per litre
body / frame
Steel Body over Steel Chassis
18 x 5.25
18 x 5.25
Live Axle w/Transverse Leaf Spring
52.99 litres or 14 gal.
Auction Sales History
1933 Ford V8 Cabriolet – did not sell for $53,000 In modern times, this all steel body 1933 is a rare find. This example has the well-known rumble seat as well as desirable color combination of Tan over Black body. The detail of this vehicle is striking and will make a great addition to anyone’s collection. This 1933 Ford Cabriolet is a fine example of simplicity at its finest. Well known for its V-8 engine and speed, this car was favored by bank robbers such as John Dillinger, who actually wrote a letter to Henry Ford thanking him for making such a great automobile. Auction Source: 2012 Daytime Auction by Mecum
1933 Ford V-8 Model 40 DeLuxe Three-Window Coupe – sold for $99,000. Noted Ford collector Nick Alexander acquired this DeLuxe Three-Window Coupe from the equally well-respected collection of Milton Robson, who had sent the car to respected restorer Ernest Allen. Allen sadly passed away midway through the completion of the project, and Robson kept the unfinished project, setting it up as a display piece, before its acquisition by Mr. Alexander.
After purchase, it was sent to Alexander’s own shops, responsible for a long line of Dearborn Award-winning cars in the Early Ford V-8 Club. It is particularly desirable because of its aluminum heads and manifold, rumble seat, and optional factory glove box radio. Alexander’s restoration team has just completed the car, finished in black with Aurora Red wheels and pinstripe. The upholstery is correct, rose beige mohair with taupe carpet, and the rumble seat is done in brown leather. Auction Source: Monterey 2012 by RM Auctions