Karate Kid – 1947 Ford Convertible – Sold?
June 16, 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.
If you’ve ever seen the original Karate Kid movie, you know that Daniel LaRusso, played by actor Ralph Macchio, learned how to “Wax On, Wax Off” on a very similar 1947 Ford Super Deluxe Convertible to the one we spotted for sale in May 2021 on Craigslist in Colchester, Connecticut (New London) featuring an older restoration for the asking price of $29,500. True story: Ralph Macchio asked for and received the actual movie car in the mid-eighties as part of his deal for signing on to do the sequel. Even cooler is the fact he still owns the car to this day and you can read about it in this Automobile article from April 2019.
Redesigned in 1941, Ford’s model lines for 1947 continued little unchanged as the country’s manufacturing capacity converted from War Time armaments to peacetime automobiles. The Collector Car Market Review confirms the current asking price of this example falls between this guide’s #4 “Fair” estimate of $20,100 and its #3 “Good” appraisal of $31,100. As a second data point, the Haggerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the asking price currently falls between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $26,600 and its #2 “Excellent appraisal of $48,900.
If you don’t remember it, here’s a video clip of the Wax-On, Wax-Off scene:
Here’s the seller’s one-sentence description:
“1947 Ford convertible
Originally restored in 1980 engine rebuilt and new paint. 3 years ago LeBaron Bonney top and interior complete brake and front end rebuild, new radiator and muffler, tuneup, and tires are 6 years old. CT registration. No PayPal”
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