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The Dearborn Award-Winning 1935 Ford Model 48 Deluxe Roadster Chassis no. 182050750

Estimate: US$0
Price realised:  US$111,150
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The story of the Hogan Collection’s 1935 Ford Roadster isn’t about the car’s design, or production or its historical context, although all those things are interesting. The story of this car is that Jack Hogan has owned it, wholly or in part, for fifty years. It is the foundation of the collection, and of Jack’s ongoing fascination (one hesitates in this context to use the word “obsession”) with pre-WWII Ford V-8s. It was purchased from Lee Benton on November 3, 1952 by Bob Basanich, Jack’s high school classmate and a fellow acolyte in the order of the flathead. Jack began to restore it and eventually bought into the car with Basanich. Years later, in 1986, Jack bought Bob’s remaining interest in the car. It is a multiple Early Ford V-8 Club Dearborn Award winner and a three-time class second place winner at the Forest Grove Concours. 1935 saw a complete redesign for the Ford V-8. The engine was relocated substantially forward of the front wheels’ centerline and the hood shortened to dramatically enlarge the passengers’ compartment and locate rear seat passengers in front the rear axle without lengthening the wheelbase. Ford called it “Center-Poise Ride” and it was a noticeable improvement in interior room and ride. The front fenders were deeply skirted, as they had been since early in ‘33 model production. The frame X-member was made much larger and the frame side rails boxed for greater stiffness. The flathead V-8 again was improved. Horsepower remained the same but the poured babbitt connecting rod bearings were replaced with more reliable and easily rebuilt insert bearings. Stromberg came out with a new model 48 carburetor. One of the redesigned Fords paced the Indianapolis 500 mile race on Decoration Day and four of the wonderfully innovative and creative Miller-Ford V-8 Specials made the field in the 500 although all failed when the grease boiled out of their exhaust manifold-mounted steering boxes, seizing the steering solid. The 1935 Ford’s look is very different from classic proportions but with its grille moved far forward between the deep, crowned, rounded fenders it has its own snub-nosed, truculent, belligerent appeal. It is a car with attitude, attitude that apparently appealed, and still appeals, to a certain group of collectors and Ford enthusiasts. Finished in Palm Beach Grey with Dark Brown leather upholstery and interior trim, a Tan cloth top and side curtains with Brown piping and Poppy Red wheels and striping, the Hogan Collection’s 1935 Ford Roadster is equipped with a single windshield wiper, an enclosed rear spare tire, wide whitewall tires, rumble seat and dual chrome Sparton horns. It has been featured in the Early Ford V-8 Club’s 1935-1936 Ford Restoration Manual and as mentioned has won just about anything worth winning in Ford circles. It runs quietly and well. Jack says it is “spotless”. Coming from Jack nothing else really needs to be said about it. Its condition befits its honored status as the founder of the Hogan Ford clan.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Bonhams London
Title: The Jack Hogan Collection of Ford Motorcars and Related Memorabilia
Date of the auction: 30 Jun 2007
Address: Bonhams London