1937 Ford Tudor Humpback Sedan

Nowadays you can’t be too sentimental, You best bet’s a true baby blue Continental. Hot funk, cool punk, even if it’s old junk It’s still rock and roll to me”…and for consignment we give you a barn find in 1937 Tudor Humpback diamond in the rough.  Rust and ravages of time have taken their toll on this Ford Humpback example, but with careful hands and some commitment financially, it can become your dream car.  Think of all the possibilities, and if you have nothing else to do, you will be occupied for a bit of time.



Mismatched gray panels show on this example, which still shows its beautiful teardrop headlights and V styled ribbed vertical grille and surprisingly little to no exterior rust.  The beaked hood remains painted in well patinaed factory Ford Gull Gray.  Some surface rust and uneven applications of body filler is noted on the front and rear front rounded fenders and worn running boards are seen connecting them.  A darker shade of gray takes over for the roof and iconic humpback rear.  All glass is intact with minimal clouding.  Keeping this pre-war skate on the ground black steel 16-inch wheels wrapped in dry rotted and cracked wide white.


In Gestalt theory we can maintain the whole is something else, or different than the sum of its parts.  This car contradicts that theory as the interior is intact and complete but suffering the ravages of the last 86 years.  The basics are there, but in the end, when you’ve put the time into this, you will have a whole that is more than the sum of its current parts.  Camel tan mohair, torn and showing the seat stuffing, covers both the front buckets and expansive rear bench.  Mohair covered armrests are attached to the rear side panels, all flanking the bench.  Up front, a now surface rust and painted steel dash holds the antique cream factory gauges along with a few knobs and pulls.  In front of the passenger is a glovebox, sans its door.  Moving downward we spot an added heater assembly hanging just above the surface rusted steel flooring.  We note that the heel/toe steel sections have been removed allowing you to view the ground with ease.  Turning our heads skyward gives us a view of the torn and tattered hanging mohair headliner.


A V8 with 221 cubes and possibly original to this car sits within a patina engine bay.  Not perfect but certainly not left to rust away.  A single 2-barrel carb and a 3-speed manual transmission are noted for the drivetrain.  Way in the back a 3.78 geared axle turns the tires.


A peek underneath allows us to the view the all encompassing surface rusted frame, body hangers and flooring.  The good news is we were not able to spot any invasive rust, even on the undersides of the running boards.  A single exhaust and transverse leaf spring, suspension is on all 4 corners, and mechanical drum brakes abound seen everywhere.

As with any barn find the beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and this car is the quintessential example of such theory.  The ’37 Ford humpback is truly one of the most beautifully designed cars Ford produced during the Art Deco era of car design and building.  This example needs a good hand, and a creative mind, some blood sweat and tears to bring it back and roll it out of the barn.


Price: Auction

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