For Sale 1920 Centerdoor Sedan $5,900
I purchased this car last year from a dealer in Georgia. The car was formerly in the collection of Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A. When I received the car, the clutch had issues so I started a rehab project on the engine that morphed into a full drivetrain overhaul with which I have limited experience.
The photo below is of when I purchased her last year. I will be posting additional photos this afternoon of the current status.
Here is where things are at:
The engine, which was running when I removed from the car, needs an overhaul. At some point in the past, someone drilled a head bolt into the water inlet. It was sealed up fairly well by an old repair, but will need to be either repaired again or the block itself replaced. All the parts for the engine are there manifolds, carburetor, fan, etc. to put it all back together. The transmission bands will need to be replaced. The radiator appears to be fairly new and is in good shape and the gas tank is serviceable. I will supply a new rebuilt Holley NH carbureator at a cost of $200 plus a new gasket set and Kevlar band kit.
I removed the original rear end and replaced it with one that Ross Lilleker recently rebuilt at a cost of $2000. Both come with the car. I just replaced the 8-leaf rear spring with a brand new one from T-Springs at a cost of $750. The original spring comes with the car.
The tires are old, but holding air. The rims are the Kelsey type.
The interior is an older restoration with the accompanying wear. There is a hole on the underside of the rear cushion that doesnt show. The headliner looks good. I have a new carpet kit that will come with the car at a cost of $150. The top is in good shape. Like most of these sedans, the doors sag a bit at the bottom.
The paint work is a decent 20 footer. It has some spidering and blemishes in places but not too bad for a driver.
I have a new muffler for the car, but it needs a new pipe. The original one comes with the car.
The car is still titled in Georgia, but I have the documents showing the sale to me. It will come with a bill of sale.
Overall, the car would be a great project for someone with more time, experience and space than I currently have. I have a lot more invested in this car (in excess of $15,000) than I will recover through this sale, but I want her to go to a good home and not be turned into a street rod. (I have had several of those guys asking for her...uggh).
Car is located in Houston, Texas. Sold as-is, where-is. Price is firm.
PM me through the Forum if interested.
(Message edited by mike hanson on March 31, 2017)
Hello Mike, give me a call when you get a chance. thanks David
In response to some inquiries, the rebuilt and new items that I noted above (rear end, carburetor, carpet kit, etc.) come with the car and ARE included in the $5,900 price.
I set the price at $5,900 so that the car can be affordably restored and finished to original by one of you guys and not chopped up by a street rodder. "Lilley" (as I nicknamed her) deserves that.
very nice car, great price I'd be all over it if I had not just bought my '19 center door. I just wanted to say THANK YOU for holding out for a real car collector, not one of those butchers who want to "improve" it by hotroding.....I have sold cars well below true value to keep them in the hands of a caretaker...not a Dr. Frankenstien...stick to your guns, this car will sell TODAY its to nice to be ruined
I hauled this from Georgia.
Sorry this did not turn out to be the car you thought it was
Great deal, hope it finds a good home.
@Mike wish this were around 4 months ago when I bought my current a lot of work Shirley project. Hope it finds a good home :-)
I sent a message to John Steele. He needs this, Mike.
Mike: Pm sent check your email. Thanks, Dan
As noted in my original post, here are photos of the car as it sits today. A few things to note based on the inquiries received:
1. The body wood is ORIGINAL from what I can tell. Both doors need to be lifted up to firmly close, so that means some sagging as occurred over time. If you choose to do so, body wood in Centerdoors can be difficult to replace unless you have experience in such matters. I tried to take photos of the exposed wood in the body.
2. I have new wiring harnesses that go with the car. The only item not included is the horn wire.
3. I have five brand new 3.5x30 Wards Riverside tires (blackwalls) that I was going to put on the car. (It does have the rear spare tire carrier). I would sell them with the car for an extra $500 just to keep everything together.
4. If you need more information, please ask.
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Shoot, if my wife wouldn't actually kill me and if.......I would do it.
What a beauty and thanks Mike!
I wish I had some way to grab that deal! My wife would be the least of my problems for it.
What a nice old car. Tim
If I had an economical way to get it to Maine, I'd grab it!
The car can be shipped for less than 1000.00 by an insured carrier. There are no shortages of these brokers on the internet. I had an antique shipped from Washington State to Ohio for $1100.00.
Mike. I am sorry that you are not satisfied with the Centerdoor. In a way I am, perhaps, lucky because I contacted Tommie a day after you purchased it from him. Your selling price is extremely reasonable knowing how much Tommie's selling price was for it. I would be interested but I have acquired a '23 Centerdoor since then.
Mike, I sent you a PM yesterday, please give me a call when you have a minute.
Those pictures show some nice detail. I missed out on an original centerdoor body with fair original upholstery a couple years ago. They were asking $6,000 for the body plus some nice fenders. They eventually got the 6 grand. I can't believe the asking price for this one. I wish I had the room.
Thanks Richard. I am still working through a list of interested parties. It will make a good little car.
If someone had a spare engine that could be dropped in, this car could be back on the road in short order. That was the route I was going to take.
Here are some photos of the interior before it was disassembled to work on the drivetrain.
Car is sold and headed to Atlanta, Texas. Thanks MTFCA.