1936 Ford Model 48 Sedan


1940 Ford Limo

The Ford Model 48 was an introduced in 1935, replacing the Model 40A. It sold an amazing 820,000 units that year, making Ford the sales leader over rival Chevrolet. The Model 48 was manufactured at Ford plants in either Detroit or Long Beach under the following variants;

• 2 door roadster
• 2 door coupe
• 4 door sedan
• 4 door convertible
• 4 door station wagon

The car was available in Gun Metal Gray, Washington Blue, Gray Vineyard Green, Benton Gray Metallic, Cordoba Tan, Desert Sand, Light Fast Maroon, Bambalino Blue and Armory Green. For the 1936 model year, Ford added brightwork around the headlamps and grille but that was the only major change over 1935.

This car is significant not only for its sales record but for the exclusive use of the Ford flathead V8; this car was not available in a 4 or 6 cylinder. Although the V8 configuration was not new (high end luxury car builders were using it), it was Henry Ford that made this engine affordable and available to the masses. The design, with minor changes but no major ones, was used in Ford vehicles until 1953 and licensed to be built by foreign car manufacturers until 1973.

The 221 cubic inch V8 engine generates 90 horsepower via a single barrel carburetor. It has a three speed manual transmission.

Auto Spec Sheet

Year: 1936
Make: Ford
Model: 48
Style: Sedan
Serial No: N/A
Odometer: N/A
Engine Cyl: 8
Engine Size: 221 cubic inch
Engine HP: 90
Trans: three speed manual


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