The 1936 Ford Model 68 | Auto Transport

An Updated Exterior and Endless Model Types Made This Classic Car a Hit in Its Day

With a beautifully styled front grill, hubcaps painted extra shiny, and improved headlamps and windshields, the 1936 Ford Model 68 was meant to be a stylish improvement from previous models that the Ford motor company had produced in years prior. Nobody was surprised when sales increased significantly, and in fact, production reached over 530,000 units in the 1936 year.

1936 Ford Model 68

United Routes was tasked with the job of moving a very well preserved 1936 Ford Model 68 Coupe, and we knew that, like with all classic or antique car transport, it would mean employing the utmost of care. Thankfully, with our professional team of drivers, we were able to execute the job as seamlessly as one would expect from a leader in the auto transport industry.

One of the greatest aspects of the 1936 Ford Model 68 set of automobiles, was the fact that there was such a large variety of styles from which to choose. Though everyone at the time knew they were getting a quality automobile when buying a Ford, naturally, families, single individuals, and newlyweds would all want styles that fit in with their distinct needs.

Luckily, Ford wisely thought to manufacture various model types. Whether it was the practical Tudor, the flashy Coupe or the sturdy Truck Sedan, every consumer could find something that would meet their needs. The most popular style was the Deluxe Fordor Tourer Sedan, selling nearly 160,000 units of this type.

Classic Ford loading for transport

Some of the 1936 Ford Model 68’s Specs

The 1936 Ford Model 68 had a 221 cubic inch 3.6 liter engine under its hood, and it helped to produce 85 horse power, considered pretty impressive for those days. The transmission was simple and easy to operate.

All of the models had rear wheel drive, and the chassis of the 1936 Ford Model 68 was made of steel which helped to contribute to its weight of over 2500 pounds. Depending on which model type you’d purchase, it would cost somewhere in between $500 and $750 for the Ford Model 68.

What was perhaps most unique about the 1936 Ford Model 68 was the updated exterior of the car. Among the many improvements were the front and back fenders made to look sharper than in previous years’ models, and the old fashioned horn, usually placed on the outside of the car during that era, was moved to under the hood as we’re used to today.

Experts in Classic Car Transport

With years of experience in enclosed car transport, dealing with cars of all ages, it was no shock when the owner of a beautiful 1936 Ford Model 68 Coupe called us. He needed a company with a great reputation in vehicle transportation service, and he came to exactly the right place.

When moving any car that is of high financial or sentimental value, we at United Routes know what it means to handle your car with care. Our specially designed car carriers are made to accommodate any shape or condition car, and ensure that your antique, classic or exotic car is delivered safely to its destination.

Transporting a Classic 1929 Ford Vehicle

Transporting The 1929 Ford Model A

One of the Ford Company’s Earliest Successes

With an advanced water cooled four cylinder engine, and nine attractive body styles to choose from, the Model A has gone down in history as one of the most memorable classic cars of its era. The Model A was able to reach 65 mph in peak form, and also featured mechanical drum brakes on all four wheels. It had only three gears, beside for an option to reverse.

Recently, we at United Routes were given the task to move one such Model A. Before we made the safe delivery in one of our enclosed auto transport vehicles, we had a few minutes to check out some of the specs on this classic car. From the old clutch and brake pedals, to the old school rims on the wheels, and the extra wide running board along the sides and doors of the Model A, we were truly in awe of this old seasoned auto stud.

Replacement of the Ford Model T

During the 1920’s and the decade before, the automobile market was dominated by Ford’s Model T. It was the first car that your average middle class American could afford, and reasonably, America saw cars pop up nearly everywhere as a result. However, towards the latter part of the second half of the decade, other companies, like General Motors, were producing solid competition in the mid-end car business. This forced the Ford company to think of a new car that would again appeal to the masses and up their defunct sales.

So in late 1927 the Model A was born, and was a smashing success. In fact, by March 1930 there were already 3 million Model A cars sold throughout the world. Keeping population numbers at that time in mind, and how common cars were back then, one can easily see that these numbers were very significant. The Ford Model A had quickly become Ford’s second crowd favorite, and the car was soon seen on streets all over America.

Experts in Classic Car Transport

With vast experience in enclosed car transport, specializing in classic, antique and exotic car transport among others, we were very excited and confident about the move of this beautiful Ford Model A. Though many car fans out there would refer to the Model A as a classic car, in fact it’s officially categorized as pre-antique car, due to the fact that it’s between 50 and 99 years of age.

Because cars of this age and condition need the utmost in delicate care, we made sure to employ one of our enclosed trailers for the move. The Model A was strapped down inside the trailer by the wheels. For the sake of preserving the car’s condition, we are very strict about never strapping any car down by the axle or chassis. Because many older cars have low ground clearance, we always make sure to use our trailers that were custom made for that type of job. We ensured that this Ford Model A was delivered to its destination in exactly the same state in which we found it, from top to bottom.

Shipping a 1972 Detomaso Pantera L

 

 


 

 

 

Safely Delivering the 1970’s Favorite with United Routes

With its powerful 5.8 liter V8 engine, and sleek 1970’s style curves, the 1972 De Tomaso Pantera L is one classic car that will get car lovers’ heads turning any day. The Pantera L has a beautifully crafted aerodynamic design which helped it become one the best performing mid-engine cars in its class.

United Routes recently had the opportunity to move an excellent condition 1972 De Tomaso Pantera L in one of its trucks which are made exclusively for enclosed car transport. With the car safely inside the truck, and our professional movers and drivers doing the work, we ensured quick and safe handling of the Pantera L from the beginning of the move right up until the end.

Expert Italian Design

The 1972 De Tomaso Pantera L was produced by the De Tomaso car company of Italy for a period of twenty years, from 1971 until 1991. In that time, over 7000 Panteras were manufactured, with the maximum of three a day being produced in the early 1970’s. The models in 1972 were some of the earliest ones and often found to be crowd favorites.

The 1972 De Tomaso Pantera L was built with the unique mid-engine design. This means that the engine is set further back than the usual spot under the hood of the car.

The primary benefit of having built the Pantera’s engine in this position is that more weight of the car is placed on the back tires. This translates into better traction of the back tires, and a significantly easier time when braking. For the more aggressive drivers of newer and older sports cars out there, it would mean fewer spin outs or skidding.

A potential drawback when building a car with a mid-engine design is that there can almost never be any possibility for a backseat. Due to the engine being set further back, the back bench seating in a regular sized car is almost completely taken up by the engine. However, for those usually buying new or old sports cars, that rarely presents itself as a real issue.

Experts in Classic Car Transport

According to American definitions, a classic car is defined as being between 30-49 years of age, so the 1972 De Tomaso Pantera L certainly fits the bill. As a result of the age, and often heavy use of the classic car over the years, it requires especially delicate handling when moving from one location to another.

This is where United Routes and their expertise in classic car transport comes into the equation. With years of experience, and thousands of classic, antique and exotic cars moved, we are the company who knows exactly what it entails to get that special automobile where you need it.

With the sleek and beautiful 1972 De Tomaso Pantera L it was no different. From the loading of the Pantera up into enclosed car transport vehicle, to the smooth journey to our destination, and finally the safe unloading of the car, we ensured that our customer could feel secure in the smooth and efficient delivery of their car.

Transport of a 1936 Dodge LC Pickup

Classic Car Shipping

The early 1930’s was tough for America as a whole. The great Depression was bankrupting businesses left and right. Dodge truck sales hit rock bottom by 1932. At this point Chrysler had already taken over the Dodge company and by the mid 30’s decided they needed a spectacular line of trucks to get them out of the gutter.

The featured 1936 Dodge LC Pickup pictured above is just one of those cars. The trucks were produced with tremendous amounts of updates comapred to the typical design and construction seen at the time.

Our customer Frank had purchased this rare classic and needed it shipped back to his home about 1,000 miles away. Finding a 1936 car in this great of a condition is quite rare. Just check out the pictures, you’ll see what I mean.

We also asked Frank whether the transport process met his expectations. His response,

“United Routes got my truck to me fast and in great shape. very smooth process.”

We are glad to be of service.

Want to know what it’s like cruising in one of these? Check out this cool point-of-view video I found

Transported a 1910 Steam Engine Classic Car

 

Enclosed Car Transport

United Routes shipped this 1910 Stanley Steamer Model 70. Due to the fragile and unique nature of this classic the cutomer requested an enclosed transport.

Steam engines operate quite differently than the typical modern-day car we have come to know. Without getting too technical the basic gist is as follows. Boiling water creates steam. The expanding steam creates pressure which pushes a piston. The Piston is connected to a rod which is connected to a circular driving rod. The back and forth motion from the piston/rod creates a spinning motion (like a wheel) for the driving rod.

I’m going to assume my explanation is not exactly teacher material so check out this short 30 second clip below. It’s one of those monotonous science class clips but should give you a rudimentary idea of how this car works.

 

 

Steam cars were very rarely produced after the 1920’s. While many believe it’s a much healthier alternative for our planet the main issue is that steam powered engines need a continous supply of water. A power plant for example would have a much easier time running steam engine’s since it can simply be built near a large body of water. Mobile vehicles can only carry so much. Besides the extra weight from the large tanks of water, the car will constantly need to be refilled.

There are many opinions on this matter, more then I can possibly cover in this post but please check out steampowerbike.blogspot  and instructables.com for more info.

Enclosed Auto Transport | 1961 Corvette 315 Fuelie

Shipped Corvette From California

General Motors displayed the very first Corvette prototype at the Motorama show located at the Waldorf-Astoria In NYC on January 17, 1953 – Production began six months later.  Flash forward a few decades and Chevy Corvette has become one of the most coveted american sports cars available.

Few things say 60’s America like a Chevy Corvette and few Corvettes are more desired then the 1961 315 Fuelie. These models marked a new era for many leaving behind the “curvaceous rear fenders” and heavy use of chrome.

Our client Frank was quite please with the entire shipping (classic car transport page) process.

“Having that truck there on schedule was priceless and allowed me to take in an Oakland A’s game with an old buddy and end my weekend with dinner on Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. I was nervous about pulling everything together at the last minute and you did it Kasey. Thanks buddy and I wish you the best of luck with your business.”

Thanks Frank!

This 1970 Marcos GT Was Once Banned from the U.S.

Classic Auto Shipping

Personally, I absolutely love small and short classic cars, especially small sports cars. And I’m definitely not the only one. While the Marcos GT may not on the same level (size-wise) as these it definitely makes the cut in my book.

First, a fun fact: Marcos was founded in Dolgellau, North Wales, in 1959 by Jem Marsh and Frank Costin. 

I was planning on giving some cool background on this featured 1970 Marcos GT that we transported  (from Florida to New Jersey) but our customer, Chris, pretty much covered it all (Thanks Chris). So heres the rundown:

Q: What was the reason for transporting your car?
A: I sent the Marcos to the only person in North America that has nut and bolt expertise in restoring these cars and after nearly a year’s worth of work the car’s frame off restoration was complete and needed a trusted shipper to bring the now concours condition vehicle from Florida to its home in New Jersey.

Q: Is there anything unique about the car?
A: What is not unique about a Marcos GT? There are roughly 30 in the United States and at 43” off of the ground the Marcos GT is one of the shortest production cars ever built.

From a historic relevance, the brand’s creators can be linked to game changing vehicle innovations like those found in the revolutionary Mosquito Bomber, Lotus Elite, Lotus 11, Lister Jaguars and Birdcage Maserati to name a few.
Early cars featured a wooden monocoque chassis and sweeping fiberglass body that featured ageless beauty and a host of 4 and 6 cylinder motors from Ford, Volvo and Triumph in later runs.

As a limited production British sports, the Marcos GT was a no compromise performance design that saw track time across many of the great European race courses but it was a car that would be equally at home in the streets of London being driven by a rock star like Rod Stewart who indecently owned two GTs.

I would like to think my 1970 Marcos Gt is special in its own right because of its unbelievable paper work trail. My Marcos is a 3 Liter Volvo powered, steel framed, US spec car that took twelve years before it made it to the States.
As new it was detained in customs for 5 years and was eventually sold in a London Auction. The then owner of the car toured around Europe for some time and connected with a New York attorney who eventually bought the car and had it shipped to Newark, NJ.

Shortly thereafter the attorney hit some hard times financially and sold the Marcos to the founder of a New York City Advertising Agency who made his fortune helping to launch brands like Datsun in the United States. Some 30 years later it was this fellow who grew too old to enter and exit the vehicle and posted it for sale and from there, the rest is history.

Q: Did the transport process meet your expectations?
A: Yes. The Driver was super. His rig was exceptional and the car arrived exactly when it was promised.

Thanks Chris, we’re glad the transport was up to par – you deserve it (just for choosing such a sexy car 🙂