Auction Watch – 1931 Ford Model A Hearse To Die For

With Halloween around the corner, what a perfect time to take a look at a 1931 Model A Hearse that is literally, to die for. Offered for sale on Barn Finds, the seller is in Germany and it is unclear if the car is stateside or not. The buy it now price is $49,500.00.

Here’s what the folks at BarnFinds have to say,  “Black paint has a great way of revealing every flaw and imperfection in a car body, but this black finish is about as good as it gets. I’ve spent a very long time going over the provided photos seeking some imperfection, and this one seems to have me beat.

The body is close to perfect, and the depth and shine of the paintwork look to be first rate. The exterior trim all looks to be in fantastic condition. It is just an amazing build.

Given the condition of the rest of this car, it is hardly surprising to find that the interior also appears to be in top-notch order. The upholstery appears to be close to flawless, and the remaining trim, dash and instruments also appear to be perfect. Details like the hinged windshield are also present and appear to be fully functional

The engine on this car also presents exceptionally well. This is the standard 201 ci 4-cylinder engine backed by the standard manual transmission. The seller does not indicate whether any modifications have been performed to the engine or drive-train, but he does say that the car is rugged and strong, and is capable of handling the loads. It sounds good but makes me wonder just how heavy that load could actually be.

This Model A is so different that it is difficult to put a true value on it.  In its current state and condition, I can see no reason why it couldn’t be used for its designed purpose. However, I see this as having far more potential as either a promotional vehicle or as a car that would garner more than its share of attention at a car show. What would you use it for?”

That’s the conundrum, isn’t it?  Rod Authority’s take is this is a very cool car but essentially a novelty build and has limited usability other than car shows, funeral processions or Halloween events. We recently came to know a service, Last Ride Funeral Services that offers a trike with a hearse trailer for the “final ride.” This would be a perfect addition to their fleet.

The wheelbase looks to be extended to accommodate the handmade coffin compartment. It is unclear if casket comes with the sale, but the lanterns and other accouterments look securely fastened.  If all this grabs you, again, it can be yours for just short of $50 large.  Go here for more info.

About the author

Dave Cruikshank

Dave Cruikshank is a lifelong car enthusiast and an Editor at Power Automedia. A zealous car geek since birth, he digs lead sleds, curvy fiberglass, kustoms and street rods. He currently owns a '95 Corvette, '76 Cadillac Seville, '99 LS1 Trans Am and big old Ford Van.
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