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Pick of the Day: 1934 Ford tow truck turned into a showpiece

The rare work vehicle was totally restored, but with a modern drivetrain


When you had car trouble in the 1930s, something like the Pick of the Day would show up to drag your vehicle back to the repair shop: a heavy-duty 1934 Ford tow truck

This bright-red relic looks like a faithfully restored original, but it’s actually something of a resto-mod powered by a modern drivetrain hidden underneath.  The Ford even started out as a conversion, built in period onto the strong chassis of an earlier truck to create a potent working vehicle.


“The chassis is a 1913 Locomobile that was manufactured in Bridgeport, Connecticut,” according to the St. Louis, Missouri, dealer advertising the Ford on ClassicCars.com. “The rigging system is a Holmes 485 unit and looks exactly like it did the day it was made. Each boom is rated at 2 tons for a combined weight of 4 tons.

“The truck is being powered by a Chevy 283 that has been rebuilt with less than 1,000 miles on it. It is mated to a Chevy 4 speed automatic transmission making this truck capable of cruising down the road.”


The original Ford flathead V8 and original 4-speed manual transmission are available for purchase, the dealer notes, adding that the truck is coming out of more than a half century of ownership.

“This truck has been in the same family since the 1950s and has been restored very well,” the seller adds.

ford, Pick of the Day: 1934 Ford tow truck turned into a showpiece, ClassicCars.com Journal

What was once a workaday vehicle looks today like pure theater, a rare survivor that would attract loads of attention at a local car show, Ford meet or just driving along.  Its hand-cranked towing rig and rugged truck wheels certainly set it apart.

While the truck would be limited in its drivability with its original engine and trans, the more-modern upgrades make it capable of travel on a modern highway.

ford, Pick of the Day: 1934 Ford tow truck turned into a showpiece, ClassicCars.com Journal

The asking price for this unusual piece of automotive history is $39,000.

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

Bob Golfen
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.


  1. Very nice and looks very reliable to use when needed, if I had the cash I would definitely buy this tow truck with out any hesitation on the spot, thats how quick it would belong in my possession.


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