Ford Model 48
The Model 48 wis an update on Ford's V8-pouered Model 40A, the company's main product. Introduced in 1935, the Model 48 wis given a cosmetic refresh annually, begettin the 1937 Ford afore being thoroughly redesigned for 1941. The 1935 Ford's combination o price, practicality, an luiks vaultit the company ahead o rival Chevrolet for the sales croun that year, wi 820,000 sold.
The 1935 Ford wis a thorough refresh on the popular V8-pouered Ford. The fower-cylinder Model A ingine wis nae langer offered, leavin juist the 221 CID (3.6 L) V8 tae pouer every Ford caur an truck. The transverse leaf spring suspension remained, but the front spring wis relocatit ahead o the axle tae allaw mair interior volume. The body wis lawered an new "Center-Poise" seatin improved comfort.
Visually, the 1935 Ford wis muckle mair modern wi the grille pushed forward an made mair prominent bi de-emphasized an mair-integratit fenders. A major advance wis a true integratit trunk on "trunkback" sedans, though the traditional "flatback" wis also offered. Ootdatit body styles like the Victoria wur also deletit for the year.
Twa trim lines wur offered, standard an DeLuxe, across a number o body styles includin a base roadster, five-window coupe, three-window coupe, Tudor an Fordor sedans in flatback or trunkback versions, a convertible sedan, a woody station wagon, an new Model 51 truck. Rumble seats wur optional on coupe model.
Chevrolet regained the sales lead at the end o 1936, but the Ford still sold extremely well. A new club cabriolet model wis introduced wi a fully-framed windshield an weatherproof top, an the convertible sedan gained the popular integratit trunkback design.
The look wis updated with an invertit pentagonal grille wi aw-vertical bars beneath a prominent hood an three horizontal chrome side strips (on DeLuxe models). A concealed horn, lang a prominent part o the Ford's design, also brought the caur intae modern times. The new trucks continued wi the auld grille. Ither major changes for 1936 wur the uise o pressed steel "artillery" solid wheels instead o wire wheels.