This 1936 Ford Sedan Deluxe has everything you need — and more

By: Bruce Kunz

September 24th, 2017

St. Louis Post Dispatch: Old Car Column

Regarding my recent story about the pink Rambler, FIN MAN fan Wayne Miller wrote, “The mid-sized Rambler came out in 1956, I think. It certainly wasn’t cool. (I grad

uated HS in 1960). However, the 1958 pictured was cool, maybe somewhat cool, because it had fins!”

Let’s hear it for FINS!

“Rollin’ With the FIN MAN II — StL” is now history. Although turnout was rather slim, due to 14 other car events that day, for the 50 or so who joined me on the tour of MotoeXotica, Precision Restorations and Randall’s Wines and Spirits, it was a fun-filled day … and some walked away with some pretty nice prizes.

In other news, I attended the Wingfest Car Show and Cruise last weekend on the parking lot of St. Clair Square, in Fairview Heights. That’s where I saw the handsome, blue 1936 Ford Sedan Deluxe featured in today’s OCC. The mostly stock-looking car (except for the custom wheels and tires) was the dream child of Fred Shelton — shown here relaxing with his wife Barbara under the umbrella behind the beastly-blue beauty.

Just a few of the performance features of Fred’s “mild custom” Ford sedan include a modern, 302 cubic inch Ford V-8, paired up with a C-6 automatic transmission and a 9” Ford rear end. As if that’s not enough, Fred installed an AM-FM radio, power steering, brakes and windows, as well as air conditioning, to make driving this 80-year-old relic a pleasure to drive.

Perhaps the best part about this frame-off rebuild that runs great with less than 700 miles on it is it can be yours! Yes, imagine cruising down the highway on a hot summer St. Louis day in this historic motor vehicle, in air-conditioned comfort. You see Fred is retiring, and along with wife, Barbara, is moving to Florida next March (must be nice) to live the proverbial “life of Riley” and he doesn’t have room for the car in his new home.

But if you, like me, are relegated to suffering our remaining years in the humid summer heat of the St. Louis metro, this turnkey machine, which appraised for $42,500, could be yours for a mere $38,000! I ask you, what else could you buy, this nice and this cool (literally), in a new car for that kind of money these days? And, Fred just might be willing to negotiate the price down a notch or two, depending on how quickly his Florida dreams become a reality.

The 1936 Ford Deluxe 4-door sedan carried a base price of $625. Options included a radio ($45), heater ($14), clock ($9), wind wings ($10), dual windshield wipers ($3) and a combination gas/oil pressure gauge for $3.75.

If you are personally interested in this dazzling classic, you can call Fred at 314-220-8164 to discuss more details (serious calls only please).

Upcoming events

Join the Outsiders Car Club as they celebrate 10 years of cruising on Friday nights from 5 to 10 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 29, at the McDonald’s, 25 Westport Plaza Dr., on the parking lot of Westport Plaza. Customs, classics, motorcycles and bikes from 1980 and older are welcome. The event will include attendance prizes and a 50/50 drawing.

The only thing on the agenda for The FIN MAN & Co. this weekend is a Kunz family reunion.

Thanks for reading the Old Car Column and Keep on Cruisin’!


Bruce Kunz, a.k.a. “THE FIN MAN,” is a member of the Society of Automobile Historians. If you love old cars and care about kids, visit thefinman.com.