Welcome to another Maximum Convertible Weekend Showdown posting. I should correct this one as these two contestants are actually “Phaetons”. By the mid 1930′s this particular body style was falling out of favor because of the lack of weatherproofing. However, these four door, open top models were rather rakish and stylish in their day, and are a very hot collectible today. So which one opens your heart?
This is a 1936 Ford Touring Phaeton, and is a beautiful restoration. According to the listing:
This is a beautifully restored All Steel stock V8 Ford! Nice Black Lacquer exterior with an Apple Green pinstripe, Spider caps and white wall tires, Super smooth running Flathead V8 with a nice, quiet, easy shifting 3 speed manual transmission, Tan Canvas top in very nice condition with side curtains, This is a wonderful car to drive, show and enjoy!
Everything about this car is top flight, with an asking price that is $55,000. See the entire listing here!
If you think the Ford was rare and pricey, meet the only Studebaker Dictator Phaeton in North America. According to the listing:
1935 Emphasized More Improved Engineering and Technology than Styling Changes. The Planar Independent Front Suspension was Introduced on the Dictator Series 2A to Provide a “Miracle Ride”. Vacuum Hydraulic Brakes, Over-Drive Free-Wheeling, Radio Speaker Provision in the Headliner Above the Front Windscreen, and the “Hill Holder” Which Locked the Brakes When the Driver Depressed the Clutch Were All New That Year.
This Studebaker Dictator Series 2A was Shipped as a Bare Chassis to Australia Where it was Fitted with a Right Hand Drive, Phaeton Body with Side Curtains. Studebaker Commonly Sent Their Cars to Australia as a Bare Chassis to Reduce Overall Shipping Weight and Space and Also Served as a Practical Means to Avoid Possible Damage to the Body in Transit. The Phaeton Body was Never Built on North American Shores and Very Few (If Any) Would Have Been Imported to the United States Making This Automobile More Than Likely the Only One of It’s Kind in North America. When This Car was Shipped to the United States it Was Converted to a Left Hand Drive and Was Restored to Excellent Condition Inside and Out. The Burgundy Exterior and the Tan Leather Interior Shows Nicely.
This car has the 88 HP straight six, with a three speed transmission. The asking price for this rare Studebaker is $149,900! See the entire listing here!