Parked in The 1950s: 1931 Ford Model A 2-Door Tudor

This 1931 Ford Model A has been sitting in a barn since the 1950s, but the time has come for it to emerge, and for someone to breathe new life into this great old classic. It is going to need some work, but I’m sure that there is someone out there who is willing to take on this 88-year-old veteran. It is located near Junction City, Kansas, and is listed for sale here on eBay. The owner has set a BIN of $4,500, although you could always take a punt and make an offer.

It looks a little dilapidated, but the Model A is actually a pretty solid old car. There is only minimal rust, and this looks to be little more than surface corrosion. About the only piece of glass left in the car appears to be the rear window, so that’s one expense that the next owner will be facing. If you look past the faded paint though, it looks like the majority of the restoration work on the body and frame could conceivably be completed in a home workshop. Being a 1931 model, this car features a stainless steel radiator cowl, along with headlamp housings made from the same material. These all look to actually be in pretty reasonable condition and will need little more than a good clean to return them to their best. The rest of the internal structure of the Ford is said to be strong, and I can’t see any real issues in the supplied photos. It goes without saying that items such as the wheels will either need to be replaced, or they will need to be refurbished by a suitably experienced professional.

After having sat for so many decades, it is no surprise that there is little left of the interior beyond the steering wheel. There are a few tattered remnants of interior trim, but there are no gauges and no seats. The original transmission and rear-end are still present, but there is no engine occupying the engine bay. The owner is including an engine block for a 201ci Model A but is unsure whether this is original to the car. Once again, parts are in abundant supply for the Model A, so if the engine block is okay, then a rebuild could also be performed in a home workshop.

Okay, so any potential owner of this 1931 Ford Model A 2-Door Tudor is going to have to make a few choices. If they are able to negotiate a bit on the price, that would be a good thing. The reason for this is that there are plenty of nice examples on the market at present for around $20,000. If someone is looking at taking this on as a restoration project in their home workshop, and they intend performing the majority of the work themselves, then this is a project that would make fair financial sense. If the intention is to “farm out” the work to specialist organizations, that brings its viability into question. For someone looking for a DIY project, especially for someone looking at tackling their first restoration, it could be a good thing.


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  1. Chris in Pineville

    the wheels on this one are amusing- 16″ on the front, 21″ on rear, both incorrect.
    but $20K for a Model A Tudor ?
    maybe if it was a high-point national MARC/MAFCA judged car.
    lots of nice Tudors in the southeast under $15K that are ready to drive.

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  2. bobhess bobhess Member

    Would make a good street rod. Put good running gear and windows in it and fix up the body when time allows.

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  3. theGasHole

    Are these really worth much anymore? I have seen the prices falling steadily over the years. It seems that you can get a very nice one at this point for about $12k +/- yet unrestored ones like this still have asking prices around $4k-$5k. I’ve never had a car quite as old as this (oldest being a 46 Hudson) and have been thinking about picking one up, but damn the prices are just all over the place.

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  4. Bing

    There are thousands of Model A’s out there. They are great cars for the beginning restorer, as every part is available from a multitude of suppliers .
    I have owned four over the years, roadsters, pick ups and my first one was a tudor… That said, spend 6 to 8G’s and you can get a running car that you can love on as you go… You won’t get a roadster, but Tudors and pick ups are very nice cars, and like I said, easy to work on… I would certainly pass on this one.

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  5. Kenn

    Priced at least $1,000 too high. Yes, parts are available, but not for a song.
    And only really outstanding examples get near $20k, and certainly not 2 door sedans. That being said, they are fun to drive and, yes, easy to work on. A big plus.

  6. grant

    Too much for a shell. It could be put back together but I’m seeing 3k max for a car that was parted out in the 50’s to restore others.

  7. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    Will be more of these coming up fer sale in the future – time to sell is now – but for this maybe a $1000 to $2000 if you really want to build one either way – resto or restomod .

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  8. John S

    These sedans are good looking & make fun drivers. I have a friend near Chicago who converted his with a Ford Ranger 4 cyl, 5 speed & rear end. He drives it daily and everywhere. Not a bad way to go!

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