1937 Ford Phaeton

A phaeton typically is a 2 or 4 door sedan most likely with a convertible top but lacks roll up windows. Not for the faint of heart in winter it was a trend that did not last but for a few years in the mid 1930’s.


On consignment, a barn find 1937 Ford Phaeton. Initial restoration was begun several years ago then abandoned, leaving us with this “roller” if you will, in need of TLC. The lines are all there, beautiful swept back V grille, teardrop headlights running boards and a curvaceous rear deck.


With its curved v shape swept back horizontal ribbed grille and teardrop headlights which are slowly evolving into one unit with the fenders. This running board style car was once painted yellow on its original panels. Some replacement panels make up the front part of this Phaeton. Gently curving bulbous lines abound on this car, with aged metal and some rust showing through. The convertible top has rotted from its frame, taillights are missing, and bumpers have significant surface rust.


About all that remains intact is the free work for the dash and its painted red. All else is there but in very poor condition. For the back just the seat frame remains showing springs and some deteriorating foam. Floors are rubber and will also need TLC.


A very patina’d, unrestored 221ci Flathead V8 is tucked into the unrestored engine bay. A single 2-barrel carburetor is on top clean by a modern filter air cleaner. There is a 3-speed manual transmission on this car as well as a 3.78 rear axle. The engine does not run.


The X frame remains intact and shows with slight surface rust. The floor pans have fared worse with many invasive rust holes going to the passenger compartment. Rockers are intact, just a bit wavy and bent but no invasive rust. It appears as though a new fuel tank has been put in. Transverse leaf springs are all around providing the suspension, and mechanical drum brakes show up on all 4 corners as well.

A barn find which needs the tender restorer’s hand to bring it back to life. Think of all the possibilities.


Price: $6,900

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