In our third installment this week of August 2016’s Ride of the Month we feature the 1931 Ford Coupe presented by nominees Ray & Shan Wolf. Here is some general information about the vehicle.
Note: This is not information about the actual vehicle nominated for August’s Ride of the Month, just general information on the vehicle itself. Please check the link at the bottom of today’s article to view all the actual vehicles nominated for this month’s Ride of the Month.
The 1931 Ford Coupe was popular at its release and throughout the 1930s, but its rise became meteoric among vintage car enthusiasts over the past few decades. Many of the well-built 1931 Ford Coupes are still in existence today, having been carefully stored and restored. The fully restored 1931 Ford Coupes that can be found today may deviate from the original matte black, but they still maintain their charm and aesthetic appeal.
Performance of the 1931 Ford Coupe
With rear wheel drive and a weight of 2,150 pounds, the 1931 Ford Coupe was a lightweight compared to today’s bigger and bulkier cars. The coupe had a steel unibody and a top speed of 75 mph, although the streets of yesteryear were not made for such driving. The 1931 Ford Coupe’s engine consisted of an I4 3286 cc measuring 200.5 cu in. and 3.3 L. Powering the coupe was a 40 BHP, 2200 RPM drive train and a 3 speed manual sliding gear transmission. Depending on the buyer’s specifications, the 1931 Ford Coupe would set the owner back a cool $425 to $635, which was about 10% of the typical worker’s annual income at the time.
Vintage Style of the 1931 Ford Coupe
The 1931 Ford Coupe was only sold in a matte black color, typical of Henry Ford’s famous quotes about his production line. The wheel base is 103.5 inches, which made for wide turns. The Ford insignia was front and center on the coupe’s expansive grille. Chrome detailing on the grill, rims, bumper and lights added a bit a flair. A voluptuous curve around the front and back wheels dipped low by the doors to provide a step for kids and ladies to climb inside of the coupe.
What Sets the 1931 Ford Coupe Apart
The body style of the 1931 Ford Coupe included an optional rumble seat which was not available in many other cars of the period. Weather curtains provided some protection, which Chevrolet vehicles did not have. An optional side mounted spare tire was also available.
The 1931 Ford Coupe will certainly attract attention when driven on the main streets of today’s bustling cities. A well-maintained and fully restored 1931 Ford Coupe can even be driven across the country for the ultimate classic road trip.
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