Two Owners From New: 1937 Ford Two-Door

Now this is what real patina looks like! Recently removed from where it’s been stored since 1968 (!), this 1937 Ford two-door has only had two owners from new. It’s being offered for sale here on eBay and is located in Carlisle, Iowa.  Bidding has met the reserve and is up to $6,900 so far as I write.

What a great profile! It’s easy to see how these cars commonly became street rods. This particular one has somehow missed the ravages of both time and rust. The odometer is showing 6,592 miles but to the seller’s credit, they aren’t claiming any particular mileage.

Amazingly, the seller is also claiming no rust. While I do spot some of what I would characterize as light surface rust on the underside of the car, I agree that there are no holes I can see and that the car is amazingly intact, despite some dents visible on the left rear. Relatively minor compared to what I would expect to see!

Could this be the original interior? It certainly looks like it could be, although an expert would have to tell me for sure. Regardless, it does look age-appropriate. The seller has made no effort to clean the car at all and obviously, some work will have to be done to make it run–but what an opportunity!

As you would expect, the original 85 horsepower flathead V8 is present, although we don’t know its condition. You have to wonder what made someone take this cool car off the road in the first place, don’t you? I mean, even in 1968 this would have been considered a very old car to be driving every day, but it certainly doesn’t look like the car was babied like a show car, just taken care of and somehow kept from rusting. I’m sure most of you are like me in that we’d clean the car up and get it running and stopping before anything else, and this is one of those cars that I certainly wouldn’t modify or restore–just enjoy. How about you?

Fast Finds


  1. RayT Member

    This looks like my dream restoration project: deep-clean, polish, replace rubber, get engine running well, and drive!

    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Palmer Staff

      I’m with you, Ray T!

  2. doug

    It won’t stay at $6900 very long.

    • Brian Gould

      Too bad that buyers looking for a Ford Tudor won’t find this one when they search EBay.

  3. Gary

    Cool find.

  4. Jeffro

    Very cool find indeed!

  5. Fred W.

    That interior is either original or an expensive, fairly accurate replacement. Given the time in storage, probably original.

  6. DrinkinGasoline

    She’s a beauty !! I agree with the others…Clean it up, grease and oil it up, rubber it up “And cruise it up and down the road”.

  7. Rex Kahrs Member

    I thought that cars of this vintage were of declining interest, due to the aging demographics of the old-car hobby. But the bidding on this car seems to show that there is still plenty of interest in 1930s automobiles. I wonder what the deal is.

    • Jon

      The interest would be to restomod it. Thats why…..

  8. Derek

    That’s rather nice. A good condition used car. D.

  9. Barnfind

    Looks like a great original unmolested car. Interior looks to be original with that pattern..

  10. Rodney

    A beautiful time machine. All you have to do is look at it and you are transported…..

  11. Dennis M

    The correct designation is Tudor, and this particular one is a Tudor Touring Sedan. The regular Tudor had a smooth back end with out the trunk hump, sometimes called a slant-back.

    Sign me Mr. Pedant!

  12. Pete in PA

    Quote: “I mean, even in 1968 this would have been considered a very old car to be driving every day”

    Indeed. At a time when Detroit was HD into annual model year changes to make last year’s look obsolete, this thing must have stood out like a dinosaur.

    Around this time last year I bought a 1936 Dodge 4 passenger sedan (spare tire mounted on the back of the body, no trunk). It had been stored inside since the early 80s and was relatively unmolested. While doing a thorough cleaning I discovered a stack of papers under the front seat and learned that the car had been driven to work by a PO as late as July of 1968! Since the old car hobby was not really a “thing” at that time the driver of my Dodge must have stood out as some sort of eccentric in the parking lot.

  13. Kevin

    This car needs to be left alone!!!!!! Way too straight and complete to be screwed with. And I don’t wanna hear a word about any sbc cannibalisation. Keep those orange things where they belong. Appears to even have the original mohair interior.

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