Sam Pack Collection

14-15 November 2014

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Lot 159

1931 Ford Half-Ton "Pepsi" Canopy Express

  • Engine no. A4196317

Sold for $38,500

40 bhp, 200.5 cu. in. L-head four-cylinder engine with a single carburetor, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and leaf-spring rear suspension, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 103.5 in

  • Desirable Ford half-ton panel truck restored in “Pepsi” livery

In 1931, Ford offered a variety of trucks and panel vans for company use. Customers could have their pick between open and closed cab pickups, a town car, deluxe delivery vans, and a panel truck. These were a common sight in the United States when new, and they were said to be just as reliable as their automobile counterparts. Sadly, due to their often arduous lives as workhorses, few examples are still in good condition and have survived to this day.

The few surviving vehicles of this era, which were retired from professional use decades ago, are often restored and find themselves a more leisurely life attending car shows and being used for promotional purposes, and this 1931 Ford Half-Ton Canopy Express is no exception to the rule.

This car was restored to its current configuration and Pepsi livery by a previous owner in California, and it only attracts the most favorable comments wherever it travels. This Canopy Express is finished in iconic Pepsi blue and red with whitewall wheels, and it would have been quite the sight on route to a delivery over 80 years ago. The three barrels of “bulk fountain syrup” in the rear, which are also shod in period-correct Pepsi logos, increase the car’s visual appeal. This tuck has abundant character, and it would surely be a hit at any local car show.

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