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1937 Ford Model 78 Humpback "Frame Off Restoration"

Make: Ford
Model: 78 Fordor Humpback Sedan "Suicide Door"
SubModel: 4 Door Suicide
Type: Sedan
Trim: All Steel
Year: 1937
Mileage: 8970
VIN: 183455716
Color: Gray
Engine: 85HP 221 CID “L-Head” V8
Cylinders: 8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Tan-Mohair
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Irvine, California, United States

1937 Ford 78 Fordor Humpback Sedan "Suicide Door" All Steel Additional Info:

California1937 Ford Model 78 Fordor Humpback Sedan "Suicide Door"Today, the 1937 Ford Model 78 Fordor Humpback Sedan is gaining in popularity. It has a very unique style, technical improvements and status as the most affordable of the pre-war Ford V-8s that was increasingly sought out. Its V-8 power and ability to cruise at highway speeds, especially when equipped with overdrive, makes it an unusually useable pre-war collectible. With reproduction and NOS parts you can find in every corner,NOTE: The pictures below this write-up are hosted .Sometimes pictures load slowly depending on the age of your computer and the speed of your connection to the Internet. If they don’t load immediately let your computer just sit and wait for them to load

the 1937 Ford Model 78 Fordor is one of the most restoration-friendly cars you'll ever find. From reproduction body panels, bumpers and interior pieces to chrome exterior trim items, mechanical parts, emblems and weather stripping, practically every part you will ever need to build a 1937 Ford Model 78 Fordor is now available. If you notice the '37, compared to the '36, it has a little more of a hungry look to it. The 85hp 221CID L-head V-8 came in for its most significant revisions to date. Determined to cure the flathead's overheating problems once and for all, Dearborn's engineers relocated the water pumps from the heads from the block, and increased their capacity. The brakes were overhauled from the archaic system of mechanical rods giving way to a cable-operated system-hydraulics which were still out of the question, as far as Henry was concerned, even if buyers had come to expect them.

This beauty comes equipped with seemingly endless features truly making it one of the most luxurious cars you could have owned back then and even today! There was not a dollar that was spared on a complete total restoration of this classic and has been relentlessly taken care of in a climate-controlled warehouse. It has gone through an extensive service recently replacing the spark plugs, changing fluids, cleaning the carburetor inside and out, new brakes and fuel lines. Under the hood you’ll find the magnificent 85HP 221 CID “L-Head” V8 engine mated to a 3-speed sliding gear manual transmission that shifts smoothly and with ease as well as the Stromberg 97 two-barrel downdraft carburetor. Going on the outside the first thing you’ll notice which is truly unique and rare in ‘30’s era are the suicide doors which closes as if it just came off the assembly line. All the panels and trimming line up precisely and perfectly with the contour of the body and frame. Opening the door to the inside, first thing you’ll notice is the beautifully matching Tan Mohair interior to the contrasted Grey exterior with red pin stripes. The cherry wood trim matches perfectly and is quite the eye catcher. What truly makes this classic a luxury car was the optional front windshield that transforms into one that you could flip up for additional wind flow. Equipped still with the original factory AM radio and all the panels have been beautifully taken care of. Going around to the front of the car you will notice the teardrop headlights that gave this ’37 a hungry look. All the chrome around the car is in pristine shining condition, most notably are the original exhaust chrome tail pipe that has been perfectly taken care of. To top it all off, keeping the look you’ll gaze upon the Wide white wall tires brings everything together in an immaculate manner revealing the craftsmanship that was whole heartedly put into it!

If you are in the Southern California area please feel free to arrange for a test drive before the auction ends.

If I can answer any other questions please feel free to call me at any time Kevin.. 714 402 4548


The car is for sale locally and we reserve the right to cancel this auction at any time before the end of the auction. We do not have a Buy It Now Price listed.

The car will be made available for inspection by serious bidders throughout the auction. Please e-mail us if you would like to see the car. If you prefer, we can arrange to have a qualified, independent, professional mechanic perform a pre-purchase inspection for you (at your expense).


Winning bidder must contact us within 24 hours of auction end, and make arrangements for payment at that time. A $500.00deposit is due within 48 hours of end of auction. The deposit can be made by cash (please do not mail cash!), bank check, cashier's check, or bank transfer (preferred). The remainder is due within 10 days of Auction end. The remaining balance must be made in the form of a bank transfer (preferred) Cashier'scheck, or bank check (all forms of payment subject to verification). PayPal will not be accepted as a form of payment for either the deposit or the final payment. If no contact is made within 24 hours we reserve the right to re-list the vehicle, sell it to the next high bidder, or sell it otherwise. Please arrange financing prior to bidding. Once the final balance has been paid, title transfer paperwork will be initiated.

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