Meticulously Maintained: 1938 Ford Deluxe Convertible – Sold?

by | Oct 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Topless Thursday

November 17, 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 us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

November 7, 2021 Update – The private seller just lowered their asking price by $4,600 from the original ask of $49,500 to $44,900.

Scouring Craigslist daily for suitable “Classifind” leads to share reveals one truth: we’re suckers a nicely restored classic car photographed with a scenic backdrop. Our latest example is this restored 1938 Ford Deluxe convertible originally listed in October 2021 on Craigslist in Westbrook, Connecticut (New Haven) appears to be a finely restored example.

Currently offered for $44,900 (the original ask was $49,500), comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool reveals the private seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 “Excellent” estimate of $48,500 and its #1 “Concours” appraisal of $66,500. Worth noting is the seller indicating they are open to trades.

Ford introduced its Deluxe line in 1938 as an upscale alternative to bridge the gap between its “Standard” base models and its Lincoln offerings. The “Deluxe” name was first used starting in 1930 to specify an upscale trim starting with the Model 40-B and Model 45-B, then later the De Luxe Ford line was differentiated as a separate “marque within a marque” with separate styling and pricing through 1940. This marketing approach was in response from the different General Motors brands, (Cadillac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, and Chevrolet), and the Chrysler brands, (Chrysler, DeSoto, Dodge, and Plymouth).  1938 De Luxe Fords featured a more sloping hood and ornamental heart-shaped grille. This look was passed on to the standard line for 1939, as the De Luxe Fords gained sharp v-shaped grilles with vertical bars.

This four-minute vintage video (likely a Ford-supplied pre-movie reel filler) currently posted on the Mac’s Motor City Garage YouTube Channel provides viewers an education on the differences between Ford’s 1938 Standard and Deluxe models:

Based upon the owner’s description combined with the photographs provided, there’s a very high probability this 1938 Ford Deluxe Convertible will not disappoint when viewed in person.  If you are serious about buying this classic Ford, you can start the conversation by either calling or texting the private seller at (860) 205-9196.  When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their Ford DeLuxe featured here on Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“This 1938 Ford Deluxe Cabriolet has been restored to a very high level, the craftsmanship in this restoration is apparent in its straight body lines, and high-quality chrome plating. The dash is finished in a faux dark wood grain that compliments the beige leather seats and well-fitted convertible top. The underside of this 38′ Ford is nicely finished with high-quality workmanship.

The engine bay is restored to like-new quality, including a glossy finish on the firewall and dark Ford green paint on the engine. The nickel-cadmium nuts on the head, are untarnished and look great against the fresh green paint. The black exterior paint has been restored to a high gloss finish, with no mars or chips.

The car has been meticulously maintained ever since, Looks, runs, and drives perfectly. All gauges are in perfect working order. No Rips or problems with the convertible top. 100% original, NO Modifications – Showroom condition.

Trades Considered”

Show or go: what would you do with this restored Ford Deluxe Convertible?  Comment below and let us know!


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