1936 Ford Standard Coupe With Only 38k Miles?

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We’ve seen a number of mid-1930s Ford Coupes come across our desks here at Barn Finds in recent months, but I doubt that we’ve seen an original one as nice as this particular vehicle. It has spent a number of years as a museum piece, but it is now back out in the big, wide world, and is looking for a new owner. You will find the Ford located in Center Point, Texas, and listed for sale here on eBay. The owner has set a BIN price of $42,500 for the Coupe, but the option is also there to make an offer.

Cosmetically, the Ford underwent a refresh before it went on display. The owner doesn’t indicate how long ago this occurred, but it certainly still presents very nicely. Beyond a bit of wear on the running board rubber, it is really hard to find much to fault on this old girl. The paint has a deep shine to it, and all of the exterior trim is present, and in good condition. This model year also marked the introduction of pressed steel wheels in place of wire wheels, and these ones look to be in good order. One deviation from standard is the three chrome trim strips on either side of the hood, as these were usually only featured on the Deluxe. The owner says that the vehicle is rust free, and there certainly isn’t any visible in any of the photos that the owner provides.

The engine photo is not the greatest, but it does show a completely original and very clean engine and engine bay. This is the 221ci flat-head V8 and is backed by a manual transmission. The car also still sports its original mechanical brakes. The owner says that the car runs and drives well and that the mechanical brakes work as they should. The car has been recently fitted with new tires all around, but I’m not sure whether I’m completely sold on the larger ones fitted to the rear. However, that’s all down to personal taste.

The interior of the Ford is said to be original and unrestored. It features tan mohair upholstery, and as with so much of this car, it does present extremely well. It looks like there is either some dirt or wear on the door trims around the handles, but that will hopefully clean okay. The owner does also state that the car has only covered 38,000 miles, and depending on how much of its life has been spent on static display, this is certainly conceivable.

I look at this last photo of this ’36 Ford Coupe, and the car looks a bit like a duck out of water. I’m not saying that it looks out of place in a museum, but to me, a more appropriate setting is out on the open road. There is no doubt that this appears to be a Coupe that is in great, original condition, and when you consider the prices that we’ve seen being asked for rough and incomplete project cars in recent time, it also seems like a pretty good buy.

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  1. IkeyHeyman

    That’s a lot of coin for this car, but, like they say, try to find another one as nice.

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  2. geomechs geomechsMember

    It’s way out of my budget but it’s still probably worth close to what’s being asked. A premium car that would surely be welcome at my place. I would take it and drive it. I see it’s got the super capacity oil bath air cleaner. My ’35 pickup has got the same thing on it. Nothing gets past it, hardly even the air. I’ve been told that the engine runs a lot better with the smaller open air cleaner…

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  3. Dirty harry

    All I can say is WOW! Sometimes you get real lucky and something really good comes along. This is that day.

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    • PatrickM

      Dirty Harry,
      Are you bidding? Good luck.

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  4. Steve

    That car is beautiful.

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  5. David Rhoces

    how can you not hot rod this ? it would be a shame but it would be sweet

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    • geomechs geomechsMember

      I’m sure that there are many who share those thoughts. I’ve got a ‘35 pickup that I’ve envisioned in resto-rod livery. A custom rolling chassis with a warmed over ‘53 Mercury engine; nice paint job but don’t overdo it. But I made some commitments, to the family of the original owner, and to the family of second owner, who sold it to me: it’s going to be restored original. Well, I’m not too fussy about green; I’m thinking blue. This ‘36 is an artifact, in pristine condition and it would be almost criminal to chop up. I remember a famous (late) hot-rod builder who was almost mutinied by his own crew for butchering a couple of pristine classics. Some have to be maintained original so that future generations can see them…

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    • PatrickM

      I would leave it just as it sits , maintain it and drive it to cruise-ins and on a few date nights and watch heads snap off their shoulders. Lol.

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  6. Del

    What a wonderfull example 😁

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  7. Bing

    Gee, how did this one get missed. I’d buy it and convert it to a retro dirt track racer.

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  8. Will Owen

    Ancient farmer in my home town had one of these as his farm truck – he’d just taken the trunk lid off. Drove into town a few times a week, never went over 25 or so … despite this, his engine wore out completely, and he had it towed to the dealer’s garage to see what they could do. Well, an almost-new Ford had taken a hard midsection hit and totaled, and the garage now had a low-mileage T-Bird-spec V8 looking for a home. The price plus installation was a good bit less than a rebuild of that flathead, so that’s what they did. And then there he was, still creeping through downtown at 25 mph, and half the guys I knew were all but following him around, just in case he might suddenly fall over dead …

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  9. Bob McK

    WOW this is really a beautiful example. Sure would love to bring her home. For another 10K, you could probably find a convertible.

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  10. John C.

    He even used the correct type hose clamps, a detail most don’t bother with nowadays.

    Like 2

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