1934 Ford Roadster

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
automobile
date made
1934
maker
Ford Motor Company
Measurements
overall: 5 ft x 5 9/16 ft x 14 11/16 ft; 1.524 m x 1.7017 m x 4.4702 m
ID Number
1972.299295.01
catalog number
330736
accession number
299295
serial number
18765982
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Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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