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Chicken Taxi: 1950 Ford Shoebox Coop… Sedan


This sedan is obviously not a coupe, but it might be a chicken coop. Does that make sense? Or is it a taxi for poultry? Those are just a couple of possibilities. What else could the chicken wire separating the rear seat area from the front seat be for?


This bargain-priced Ford “shoebox” sedan is rough, but looks fairly straight and complete. It looks like it might be a good candidate for the chop, cut, and fabricate crowd. I’ve seen a number of cool rods made out of these cheap and plentiful base models. But on that particular subject, I see at least two good options intact on this car, which include the visor and the radio. Some observers will note that these two items by themselves are worth 50% of this car’s asking price, which is $700.


Rust is certainly going to be a concern with this one, and that risk is at least doubled for the floors and rockers if this car really was used as a chicken coop, and if this car has a future, an important part of that future will be a close encounter with a power washer, both inside and out.


From this photo, the engine appears to be intact, including the original “oil bath” type air cleaner. The seller doesn’t provide any information about when it last ran, or whether or not it’s stuck, but it appears this car has been unused for many decades.


The bullet-nose on the front echoes a styling cue also used by Studebaker around this same time frame and it really denotes this car as having come from the early 1950s.


In the background of one of the photos there’s a mid-50s Cadillac hearse or ambulance, with some lettering painted on the side. I have previously seen it listed for sale by itself. As with many other sellers with classic cars listed for sale in rural areas, he probably has additional special-interest vehicles around, waiting for the proper new owners. This old Ford can be found in Memphis, Missouri, and is listed here on the Kirksville, Missouri craigslist. So what do you think of this car – parts or project?


  1. Billy Bob

    Nice PATINA noun
    a film or incrustation, usually green, produced by oxidation on the surface of old bronze and often esteemed as being of ornamental value.
    a similar film or coloring appearing gradually on some other substance.
    a surface calcification of implements, usually indicating great age.

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  2. Rex Kahrs Rex Kahrs Member

    Precursor to the Ford Fowl-con!

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  3. Frankie Paige

    That chicken wire is used for keeping the kids in one part of the car, little varmints don’t sit still after getting all sugared up on candy and ice cream.

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  4. Donnie

    And if the kids don’t be good they ride in the MADD hearse

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  5. DREW V.

    That’s not chicken wire… That is Hardware cloth also known as welded wire…

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  6. Bobsmyuncle

    Why weren’t the chickens allowed in the driver’s seat?

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    • George

      To keep them from crossing the road… BA-DA-BOOM! I’ll be here all week. Try the veal!

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      • Bobsmyuncle

        Nicely played LOL.

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  7. 64 bonneville

    small rural town police car. actually there are many usable parts on the car, however, if it had been used as a chicken coop, I would consider the nitrogen by product from chicken litter, and maybe use it to air up my tires. then pray for a blow out!

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  8. JW

    Early Prototype police car made strictly for the Juvenile Division of the Chicago Police Dept.

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  9. Eric

    Rather know more about the ambulance

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  10. Gary I

    Redneck engineering at its finest. I bought a 1979 ltd once with air holes cut from the trunk and hidden behind the bumper then covered with expanded metal. Figured it was for a dog or for smuggling illegals across the border, who knows? Drugs don’t need to breathe and dogs usually ride in the front not the trunk.

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  11. piper62j

    Be gone with you!!! Ugly Mugly…

    Take the dog catcher back end with you..

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  12. Ken

    Poultry containment mesh.

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  13. RON

    Probably a former tour car for an early up and coming Red Neck country band!!. After working behind wire at the last gig, they just felt more at home when sleeping on the way to the next gig!!!. actually had it been a real chicken coop, I think the fertilizer would have left more holes and actually pretty solid for the area it is found in.

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  14. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    My guess is a shine hauler. The mesh keeps the Mason jars from wacking you during the chase. And nothing smells worse than chicken dung.

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  15. Kuzspike

    As seen at the 2015 Philadelphia flower show. a chicken sedan.

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