Finding this car was truly love at first sight. I could almost hear it saying, “Take me home, Donna, and I will change your life”. And that is exactly what happened. We named her Maud in honor of Maud Gray, my friend John’s grandmother, a most fascinating person you’ll read more about in a later blog. 1936 Fords are famous for their graceful design and are coveted by collectors. There were only about 4000 of these roadsters produced and very few (maybe 300) are left in Maud’s wonderful original condition. To the best of our knowledge it has the original engine, which is a 21 stud 1936 configuration with water pumps in the heads. This engine had been removed and temporarily replaced with a 1939-style engine while the original was being overhauled.
In future blogs you’ll be hearing more about Maud’s history, the search for 1936 Roadsters conducted by my friends Grant Fleming and John Swanberg, and you can read about Grant’s drive in his roadster from Ontario, Canada to Lake Tahoe, California.