Rumble Seat Roadster: 1935 Ford V8 Deluxe

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Today we have a mid-1930s Ford convertible. The title of the listing says 1934, but the seller is upfront about the fact that they don’t know much about the year; they have no title and no VIN. A commenter mentioned that it looked closer to a 1935 cabriolet than a 1934 model, and the seller updated the description accordingly. Whichever year it is, it’s clearly a Deluxe model with the flathead V8. There are very clearly two horns beside where the grille should be, a feature exclusive to the higher-end Deluxe. You can find this one here on eBay, where the current bid at the time of writing is $15,250, with the reserve not met. The seller says they also have listed it locally for sale, so if anyone lives in La Porte, Texas, you can just go pick it up. 

That venerable flathead Ford V8 looks rough but complete, and the seller notes that the vehicle will need a full restoration. Though it being in Texas, there doesn’t look to be much rust. The 1930s Ford was so sought after because it was the first mass-produced vehicle to offer a V8 engine, and for a reasonable price to boot. The base model four-cylinder started at $495 ($9,570 in 2021 dollars), with the V8 being just $10 ($193 today) extra. Most people opted for the V8. Obviously.

The interior is expectedly rough for a vehicle needing a full restoration, but it has a rumble seat! It looks to fold up and down, but it will need fabric and frame restoration. The seat bottoms inside the cabin appear to be missing, but the rest of the interior looks to be there. Floorboards, steering wheel, dashboard, door cards, pedals, shifter…everything. 

As far as project cars go, this looks to be a fantastic base for a show-stopping factory restoration or true, legitimate hot rod. With vehicles like these, it’s not so much what it is, but what it could be. The potential is endless. If ever you idolized the romanticism of famous, infamous, outlaws and gangsters like Bonnie and Clyde, John Dillinger, or Danny Hogan, this would be a perfect investment for you to pour blood, sweat, tears and dollars into. Heck even if you didn’t it’d be a fun thing to work with, but I think most people went through that gangster phase where the pork pie hat, zoot suits, and Tommy guns were all the rage.

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