1937 Ford Fordor Sedan 

For consignment, one of no less than 11 body styles offered up in this 1937 year.  This example the Fordor sedan described as a “roomy car” with pillar lights, comfortable foot rest and arm rests in rear compartment, mohair upholstery , and this one with the larger 221ci Flathead 85hp V8,  It is in barn find condition and will need plenty of TLC.



Wearing original Henry Ford & Son sheet metal,  this body features all original glass and tracks, weatherstrip, bumpers, bonded rubber running boards, all steel roof, shared B pillar latched doors, and a spacious “humpback” trunk.  Throw on some horizontal ribs on the cowled hood, grille surround, and round pointed signal lights below the teardrop headlights, and the swept back V styled grille and we are in art deco heaven.  The body is showing in poor condition black paint with many areas of surface and invasive rust.  The grille ribs and bumpers are pitted and rusted.  Rounded fenders with a common running board in the center are on and showing invasive and surface rust with the running board ribbed rubber worn off in many places.  Steel wheels with surface rust and stalked tail lights are another two features that add to the mystique of the design.  Bringing up the back is a fantastic split oval rear glass.  Call the body work man, and load up the sprayer.


Inside, much TLC will be required as we note solid mohair lined door panels which have extensive water damage.  Original cranks and actuators are on and appear in patina riddled and faded condition.  Moving inside, more mohair tufted, tucked and wide rolled seats have several areas of damage , in the form of dry rot, wear through and water damage.  When restored these will present beautifully in their Art Deco style.  The dash is a full metal jacket, painted brown, and is very simply adorned with warm cream round sweep gauges.  The dash steel is heavily surface rusted but all inserts knobs and pulls are present.  It is fronted by a nice banjo style bakelite steering wheel with chromed central ribs.   Above a mohair headliner is still tight but shows some holes, dry rotting, and water damage throughout.  Down low, the floors are covered with rubber in front and water damaged and parts filled carpeting in back.


Under the hood is the factory 221ci V8 flathead engine.  It has a single 2-barrel carburetor feeding it and its original oil bath air cleaner is topping the carburetor.  On the back is a three speed manual transmission.  The rear axle weighs in at 3.78.  The engine and heads show surface rust and have gone unrestored but some newer parts have been put on as you can see the visual difference.


On the very back of this car some extensive invasive rust has taken away the rear mounting of the body from the framing.  A new silver steel fuel tank is on along with a newer exhaust piping system.  Everywhere else, including the floor pans, framing, and rockers are heavily surface rusted.  Front and rear transverse leaf springs and mechanical drum braking is all around this undercarriage. 


Having been driven into a barn in 1957 some serious mechanical TLC will be in order.  As per our consignor’s notes, a battery was installed in 2013 and the engine turned over freely.

Utilitarian family transportation was affordable during the great recession, Ford managed to sell millions of these as people were still spreading their travel wings and this car fits the bill with room for 6 and all their suitcases in the trunk!


Price: Auction

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