1936 Ford Sedan Delivery

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The 1936 Ford Sedan Deliver has been transformed from a humble work truck into a restored showpiece
The 1936 Ford Sedan Deliver has been transformed from a humble work truck into a restored showpiece

At the risk of appearing shallow, I chose the Pick of the Day purely because I thought it looked so splendid in the photos. Great style, great colors, a fresh restoration – what more could you ask for in a good little workhorse turned collector’s item?

The 1936 Ford Sedan Delivery was once a stylish way to deliver the goods or arrive at the work site, though it probably never looked this slick back when it was on the job. As it is, the Ford is a lovely piece of nostalgia that has been attractively finished “in Tacoma Cream with wide whitewalls,” as the seller notes in the ClassicCars.com listing. I love the red wheels that set off the creamy paint job.

The Ford would make a good advertising vehicle
The Ford would make a good advertising vehicle

“This car enjoyed a recent frame-off restoration,” according to the seller, a classic car dealer in Volo, Illinois. “One of the best in the country. A beautiful sedan delivery ready to show or tour.”

The restoration included rebuilding its original 85-horsepower 221cid flathead V8 and manual transmission and other mechanical parts, to which were added an electric fuel pump and stainless-steel mufflers. The interior is finished as original with new brown leatherette seats and trim, new headliner and the rear deck finished with an oak floor.

The seller adds a bit of history with the description: “Notable changes for the rare 1936 Sedan Delivery were wraparound grill with vertical bars and new rear fenders.”

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The red wheels set off the cream-colored paint job
The red wheels set off the cream-colored paint job

The extensive photo gallery included with the ad shows that the handsome Ford looks clean and original throughout, including the shots under the hood with the vintage V8 in all its glory.

The truck is priced at $36,900, which is serious money but probably less than it cost to bring this beauty up to its current condition. Besides, the seller notes, if you paint the name of your business on its flanks, you might get the government to help pay for it.

“Great advertising piece with possible favorable tax deductions,” the seller points out.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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