The Deluxe Tudor Sedan was introduced in June of 1931. Ford had hoped to increase sales during the early years of the depression by adding features the standard model did not have. Most of the changes were in the interior of the vehicle. The interior resembled the Victoria. Fewer than 24,000 Deluxe Tudors were manufactured and were all “late 1931” models.
All of the Deluxe Tudors had cowl lights that were installed from the factory. This was optional on the Standard Tudor. The Deluxe Tudors paint was the same as the 1931 Town Sedan. All of the Deluxe Tudors had painted wheels except black. Most of the wheel colors matched the pinstipe, which was painted the same as the Standard Tudor. Besides the cowl lights and the paint, all of the 1930-31 Tudors were identical.
The interior of the Deluxe and standard were very different. The Standard had standard upholstery materials while the Deluxe model used similar materials to the Victoria and the Deluxe Fordor sedans. The window mouldings and the dash were wood grained in the Deluxe Tudor as compared to being just painted a solid maroon color in the Standard Tudor. Both the Deluxe and the Standard Tudors came with rear window shades, however the material used in the Deluxe was different, it was silk-like and was one of two patters, one was diamond-like and the other was herringbone-like. The Deluxe Tudor had arm rests and assist straps in the rear passenger compartment like those in the Victoria. The Deluxe Tudor also had a round dome light in the center of the roof behind the front seats. This same dome light was also used in the Deluxe Coupe, Standard Fordor Sedans and some other body styles. The front seats of the Deluxe Tudor were similar to the late Victoria and the Convertible Sedan. The drivers seat was on tracks so it could be adjusted frontwards and backwards. The passenger seat had legs so it could be slightly adjusted up and down to change the “rake” of the seat. Standard Tudor seats would flip forward but were not adjustable.
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