On Monday I heard of an old Lady that is looking to sell her center door. They have owned it for over 50 yrs and they went on their honeymoon in the car. Her husband has recently died and she wants to sell the car and has contacted her local Vintage Car Club for advice on value.
I'm not in the position to buy it but was wondering if they fetch more or less than similar bodied cars?
I think a center door costs more to restore than nearly any other body style, particularly if all the wood is bad. I don't see them fetching the highest prices. They tend to sell for around the same price as a touring, all other things being equal.
Couplets and town cars are at the top of the value list, again all other things being equal.
Value is dependent on condition, and model year. Look the center door over carefully. Something as simple as a bad headliner can cost thousands to replace if you don't do any of the work.
Might you be thunkin 'Maybeeee'?
Never much cared for the curved roof line. Am I correct in thinking that's the added cost in re-wooding one?
I think the center doors are the prettiest T Models out there. I's sure hate to have to put a set of bands in one, though.
I have a Centerdoor in the process of being rewooded. I started it about the time of my divorce 13 yrs. ago. At that time I purchased the top kit which included the curved top pieces.
Can't remember which vendor I got it from,but it wasn't cheap. Most of the rest of the wood, the door pillars and other pieces are also curved. Tough car to rewood.
Transmission band changes are exceptionally easy with a center door Robert. Simply pull the pin and remove the passenger seat. Unlike a touring, roadster or coupe you don't have to sit in the seat and bend over or on your knees on the running board with the door open. Just sit cross legged on a rather spacious 'deck' immediately over the tranny inspection cover
Kevin, I always wanted one till a close friend bought one, I got to drive it, that part was great but the circus to get in to it is less to be desired with a passenger! Try it first before you decide!
I really enjoyed mine while I had it. It is one of the cars I really wish I had managed to keep.
I will agree, driver getting in and out with passengers in the car is probably the worst thing about one. Unless you really enjoy "showing your best side" (yo be-hind) to your passengers as you do the "bend-over".
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
This is why C doors are expensive to restore. Les
Les, that is why they are more fun to restore!! What a beautiful piece of art you have there...
I would agree with Don as to the work of art!! No i have no tallent to do it but i enjoy the work of those who do!! Bud in Wheeler,Mi.
Les, did you get this body in St. Johns ? If so ,I owned it at one time and know a lot of the history of it.
I don't which would be more time consuming and expensive. A center door T or the later 4 door sedans 23-25. The center doors look more antique to me in that regard.
But to me any T sedan is a work of art without the sheet metal on it.
Sometimes though I wish I had kept the 25 4 door sedan I inherited along with the 24 Coupe he had.
He bought it in the 50's for parts for his 24 Coupe.
All the wood that was in the sedan was pretty much gone and the thought of the wood caused ne to sell it. Oh well.
Centerdoors may be inconvenient and impractical, but they sure are pretty.
Absolutely beautiful work you have done! I recently went to look at a center door for sale. I have always loved the look of the center doors, but wanted to try the getting in and out several times from both doors in different ways with and without a passenger. I ended up passing on the car for two reasons. 1. Was the difficulty in getting in and out plus my wife would never sit up front if I got it and that I would miss greatly! 2. Was the wood damage at the bottom rear of the door jams. The sheet metal was sticking out close to a half inch as the wood behind it was too far gone that it had appeared that the owner had used gray epoxy to hold it together (did not work). I figured that if bought the wood repair would just balloon out once getting into it. So, I am trying to find an early '22-'23 Fordor that the family can all enjoy together.
Looks sharp Les....those white treads really set it off. I like the prototype 15 with the coach lamps above the doors.
Thank you all for the comments. It was a lot of work and I learned as I went on. Yes , the bones of this car came from St. Johns, Mi. My wife asked me after we had it all loaded up, how much did he pay you to take it? Ha Ha Les