1934 Ford Roadster

Streamlined cars of the 1930s appeared to be on the cutting edge of machine age technology and symbols of modernity and speed. Automobile manufacturers discovered that modern styling attracted motorists as much as mechanical performance. In 1933, Ford redesigned its recently introduced V-8 engine car, adding curved fenders and a slanted radiator grille. The rakish, slightly restyled 1934 Ford became the “star” of Ford’s pavilion at the Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago. Styling and promotion boosted Ford sales, which had fallen precipitously during the Depression. The donor’s father drove this car in Philadelphia between 1934 and 1944.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Ford Motor Company
overall: 5 ft x 5 9/16 ft x 14 11/16 ft; 1.524 m x 1.7017 m x 4.4702 m
overall: 59 1/2 in x 69 in x 175 in; 151.13 cm x 175.26 cm x 444.5 cm
on pallet: 63 in x 69 in x 175 in; 160.02 cm x 175.26 cm x 444.5 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
serial number
Road Transportation
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Road Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of A. F. Wayne

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