Red Restomod: 1936 Ford Model 68 Cabriolet – Sold?
April 7, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
March 11, 2021 Update – The day after we first featured this ’36 Ford restomod, the seller lowered the asking price by $6,000 to an even fifty large. With an all-steel body, it’s safe to say this car is fast approaching you-can’t-replicate-it-for-this-price territory.
Perhaps it’s just coincidence, a newly-formed appreciation for the design, or a combination of both that have us featuring another 1936 Ford. Our belief has always been if you’re going to do a driver-quality Ford restomod, we prefer seeing an all-Ford powertrain and an all-steel body. That’s what we came across here in the form of this 1936 Ford Cabriolet originally listed in March 2021 on Craigslist in Stamford, Connecticut with an asking price of $56,000. Using a stock restored example as a proxy, the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Restomod priced right at this guide’s #2 “Excellent” estimate of $56,000.
The Model 68 was an update on Ford’s V8-powered Model 40A, the company’s main product. Introduced in 1935, Ford gave the Model 68 a cosmetic refresh annually, begetting the 1937 Ford before being thoroughly redesigned for 1941. The 1935 Ford’s combination of price, practicality, and looks vaulted the company ahead of rival Chevrolet for the sales crown that year, with 820,000 sold.
Chevrolet regained the sales lead at the end of 1936, but the Ford still sold well. A new club cabriolet model was introduced with a fully framed windshield and weatherproof top, and the convertible sedan gained the popular integrated trunkback design. Ford updated the look with an inverted pentagonal grille with all-vertical bars beneath a prominent hood and three horizontal chrome side strips (on DeLuxe models). The V8 DeLuxe was called Model 68. A concealed horn, long a prominent part of Ford’s design, also brought the car into modern times.
From what we can infer from the seller’s description, this Ford appears to be an older build that has been tastefully updated and sorted. We love the red-over-tan color combination over the vintage-looking wire wheels as well as the easy-to-cruise 351 cubic inch Windsor/C4 powertrain merged with both power steering and power brakes.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1936 ford cabriolet. car as 351 windsor engine, c4 trans, Power steering, power brakes.
New paint, top, wheels & tires. New exhaust, the interior has p/s, p/w blue tooth radio.
New gauges , door panels.
NOT interested in any trades or you selling car.“
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