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Great Driver: 1937 Ford Deluxe Sedan

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The 1937 Ford with it’s teardrop headlights is one of my favorite Fords. This Ford listed on eBay looks really nice from a distance and not so bad up close. It’s in nearby Napa, California with a BIN of $15,500. I thought about taking my wife wine tasting This old sedan is rust free and runs and drives nicely, but it’s an older restoration so there are checks and cracks in the paint. The upholstery was redone and is not original, but was redone in a leather like material. It was converted to 12 volt with an alternator and all switches and lights were also converted.


The dash looks original and the banjo steering wheel looks to be in good condition.


The seats were not done in the original style or material, but they look serviceable if out of place.


That alternator really stands out, and the fuel filter less so. Otherwise it looks undisturbed under the hood.

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This appears to be a great driver. It looks pretty well sorted and ready for Sunday drives. I hope the new owner leaves it this way and doesn’t use the body to build an over customized hotrod. There will no doubt be some minor mechanical issues and it would be nice to redo the interior to a more original look. It might also be nice to swap out the alternator for a “GenerNator” (alternator built inside a generator case) for a more original look.  I understand many will think $15,000 is way too much for this car, but we’ll see what someone is willing to pay. I hope to see comments from others who also like these prewar Fords.


  1. Rob

    Only Three words.. Love Early Fords :)

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  3. RayT Member

    The only reason $15K is “too much” is that I can’t write a check to the seller! Love these, and would really enjoy having one.

    That said, I’d have to get the seats redone pronto; the current upholstery looks ridiculous in there. In fact, I’d probably have to get some cheap covers to hide ’em on the way home. The 12V conversion? Not a fan, and I certainly don’t think the alternator conversion is all that necessary.

    Great find!

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  4. Paul Hudson

    I’d buy it in a minute at that price. Unfortunately I don’t have the money. I think it’s a great price for a driver.

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  5. jim s

    i love that it is still that close to stock. i would make this safe then drive it, but not at highway speeds. redo the seats, etc. as time/money allows. great find.

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  6. z1rider

    Street rodders typically avoid 4 doors so the risk of this going that direction is minimal. Seems like a very good price for a mostly stock car.

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  7. geomechs geomechs Member

    Sure wouldn’t kick this one off my driveway. I agree with RayT as far as conversation to 12V is concerned. I’ve found, over the years, that converting otherwise stock systems over to 12V covers up another problem. After all they ran 6V for over 50 years before 12V was completely universal. Motor’s been changed; it’s running a 24 stud (original would be 21 with 18mm plugs), which is a common installation. None of the stuff I mentioned changes the fact that it would be so much better off at my place.

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  8. Bob Hess

    Jim S: Put the later hydraulic brakes on one of these and you have a very comfortable highway cruiser that will maintain 65mph all day.


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    • jim s

      yes with a hyd. brakes conversion it would be a highway car. thanks

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  9. Barry

    Agree with Z1 rider…Rodders tend towards coupes and roadsters rather than four door styles. that said it is unusual to find one in such great shape…in fact here in Australia i have not seen a ’37 sedan for some time

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