THE CAR AND ITS OWNER
1937 Ford Fordor Deluxe street rod owned by Steve Crane
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING
With their fine horizontal grille bars and teardrop headlights in the fenders, the 1937 Fords bore more than just a passing resemblance to their costlier cousins from Lincoln. As a result, they were – and still are -- considered one of the most attractive and desirable cars of their era, with more than 900,000 sold across all body styles (about 100,000 more than rival Chevrolet).Today, collectors restore them to original condition or spice them up to look and perform similar to Crane’s ride. “It’s a modified street rod,” he says, “with an original steel body, a 350-cubic-inch Chevy motor, a Chevy three-speed automatic transmission and air conditioning.”
HOW LONG HE’S OWNED IT
WHERE HE FOUND IT
He spied it on Craigslist and bought it from an owner in North Massapequa.
“The car was restored and modified about 20 years ago,” Crane says, “but is still in show car condition. I keep it garaged and well taken care of.”
TIPS FOR OWNERS
“If you are looking to buy a classic or custom car,” he advises, “save your money and buy the best condition car you can afford rather than restoring it yourself or paying a shop to do so. You will be happier in the long run to buy a turnkey, drivable car you can enjoy right away.”
Crane estimates the Ford is worth $25,000 to $30,000. The NADA Guides puts a “high retail” value of $18,800 on an original version and says the initial sticker price was $733 before options.
THE BOTTOM LINE
“The car has two-tone custom paint with rear suicide doors and a slantback trunk,” he says. “It was modified with more modern high-performance parts to give that old car feel, but with modern car drivability.”