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Basement Find: 1935 Ford Phaeton

left front

This old Ford was stored in a basement for almost 60 years. It’s very original and many of the missing parts are included. It will need running boards, an interior, top and much more. The front part of the floor is rusted, but the rest of the car is pretty solid. Thanks to Fred W for the tip.


The dash is all there and original. It even has the key. That is daylight you see through the floor, though.


The paint, if not original, is certainly old. It could possibly be left as it is if it’s restored to look original.


It’s easy to imagine what this old Ford looked like on the road. That skinny bumper certainly hasn’t fared very well.


The engine certainly looks untouched. After all these years, that old flathead may be frozen.


This is going to be a big expensive project for someone whether it’s restored to stock or custom. Sadly, it is not likely to remain stock. It would be nice, though, if the stock look is maintained even if it’s mounted on a modern chassis. It is listed on Craigslist in White House, Tennessee with an asking price of $18,000. Complete unrestored examples of these are rather rare, but is there any way this could be worth anything near this amount? What do you think would be a fair price? It will interesting to read the comments and see what ideas you have for this Phaeton.


  1. JW454

    Already gone by author. Less than 5 minutes.

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  2. grant

    This. This is what I lust after. Sadly, this car will probably be cut up. Travesty.

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  3. roger

    Always wondered what happened to all the street rod touring cars and phaetons that were around in the 1970`s?
    Surely they must be stored somewhere.
    But where?
    Big mystery to me

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  4. Van

    Reminds me of FDR
    His cousin giving him a hand.
    Paint it navy blue with the presidential seal on the door, flags on the fenders.

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    • Eric Dashman

      Agreed. It looks just like the ’36 in Hyde Park that FDR rode in (doubt he drove it, but perhaps Eleanor did).

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  5. geomechs geomechs Member

    Motor has definitely been changed, that’s a 59A/B in there. I sure hope that this gets restored; the numbers have dwindled down to almost nothing.

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    • z1rider

      Absolutely right.

      Another sign is the angle of the two water inlets to the radiator. Those have an angle that works with the water pumps mounted to the front of the cylinder heads. Only a short nearly vertical hose is needed instead of the two universal types seen here.

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  6. Little_Cars Alexander Member

    I had a chance to buy this car in 2007. The owner told me I could come look at it if I would help him get all the junk off it. I declined … because I’m an idiot. He was not asking enough for it at the time but I had zero funds and zero clout. Would a could a should a.

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  7. Dan

    Love the second sentence. If missing parts are included -were they really missing?

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  8. Dave608

    Years ago, circa 1968, in Roseland [Chicago] , a 1923 Nash Sedan was discovered in a basement of an ancient house. This was not a basement with any access, but dirt walls to the basement, common in this area/time. The owner was a vacuum cleaner salesman who had gone totally blind years before his death. Only one neighbor [93 yoa] remembered that he had hired a local excavating company to dig a ramp from the alley and the car was driven into the basement before the wall/backyard was restored. Allegedly, he was known to drive it around the basement. Judging from the banged up bumpers and fenders, this might have been true. The local paper [Calumet Index] did a story when they extracted the car, much in the same was it was put in.

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