1938 Ford Standard Tudor Sedan
Break-in rocks in the hot sun...I fought the law and the law
won...I needed money 'cause I had none, I fought the law and the
law won. Robbin people with a six-gun...I fought the law and the
Officer Elmer Edwards of the Rocky Hill Connecticut Police
Department was the first officer on duty when the department
started in 1938. The consigner, who was also a police officer for
this town for 31 years, was approached by the town to obtain a 1938
Ford Tudor to make a replica of that original car for use as a
history piece for parades etc. Coming from a private collection in
Arizona the car was brought back east, and the transformation was
set about. For consignment the Police car replica from Rocky Hill
This Model 8A 700 or better known as the 2-Door Humpback retains
very much of its original charm, and indeed is a mostly original
car. Bathed in black there are some faults in the paint, and a dent
in the hood from it not being closed properly. 2 steady burn red
lights, 2 fog lights, and the original teardrop headlights,
flanking the curved V shaped grille on this cruiser. Bumpers are
original and fairly clean and rust free. A new dual paned
windshield has been put in, and the rear window remains original
but shows some de-lamination. Running boards have areas where the
rubber flooring is beginning to wear off. Also, some areas of paint
crackling are noted. In the trunk are the original jack, spare tire
and complete set of tools.
Herringbone textured broadcloth covers the interior of the door
panels, as well as the rounded puffy front split bench. Some stains
are evident, but that just goes with age and originality. A big
rear bench with actual arms stretches across the rear this car, and
if you are being hauled into the hoosegow you'll be riding in
comfort! Tan mohair is on the headliner which is original as well.
A nice mahogany wood dash has all the original gauges, bakelite
knobs and buttons. The original patina steering wheel fronts this
beautiful dash. A telephone style radio hangs below the dash, and
there is a siren in this 6-volt system.
A 24 stud Flathead V8 with 221 cubic inches sits in a very simple
engine bay. It is very clean and well maintained has a 2-barrel
Stromberg carb on top, and a 3-speed manual transmission on
Plenty of surface rust although the car remains structurally sound.
The consigner was adamant that during the restoration it was made
"like Henry made it", so we see a period correct muffler, rebuilt
knee action shocks, and mechanical cable brakes for the "feeling of
steel from pedal to the wheel". Many years on this undercarriage,
but it still shows well.
I have the hots for these old police cars, and this one though
mostly the Humpback form and not the police car. This car started
quickly, ran smoothly, and cruised nicely. The mechanical brakes
take a little getting used to, but they work as advertised. So did
the siren much to the chagrin of our president who merely rolled
his eyes when I pulled him over. Next time if I get that attitude,
he's going the back seat for a little ride!
A survivor, certainly not perfect, but mostly original, and if not
original parts, it has been meticulously worked to "make it like
Henry did". A fun piece of history all working and can be driven
right out of our mall and enjoyed immediately. Now I'm out for a
doughnut run! Hit the lights Elmer...
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barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
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