Video: 10,000 Miles in 10 Days in a 1933 Ford V8

1933-ford-10k-crowdTen thousand miles in 10 days? That was an impressive feat in 1933, given the roads and cars of the day. See a new ’33 Deluxe Tudor put to the test in this original Ford News promotional reel. 



Here’s a wonderful stunt performed in 1933 by radio station KSO in Des Moines, Iowa, Phillips 66 gasoline, and the Ford Motor Company. A brand new Ford V8 Deluxe Tudor traveled 10,000 miles in 10 days, averaging 19.6 miles per gallon of gasoline and using no oil between the 1,000-mile scheduled oil changes—a standard maintenance interval at the time.

That’s a fairly impressive feat considering the quality of the roads, not to mention the state of automotive technology in those days. By 1933, the venerable Ford flathead V8 had been on the market for a year, and with the initial bugs worked out, was quickly developing its reputation for ruggedness and performance. And that’s no doubt the message this Ford News promotional reel was intended to convey. Video below.