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Stainless Steel 36 Ford Sedan

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by R Frederick, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. R Frederick
    Joined: Mar 30, 2009
    Posts: 2,661

    R Frederick
    from illinois

    This was E-mailed to me, thought I'd pass it along.

    1936 Stainless Steel

    This is the 1936 Ford Tudor Sedan built for and owned
    by Allegheny Ludlum Steel. This is 1 of only 4
    in existence and is the only one currently in
    running & in road worthy condition. The car
    is in exceptional condition, with the interior
    and even the frame looking great. All 4 cars
    each had over 200,000 miles on them before they
    removed them from service.

    These cars were built for Allegheny as promotional and
    marketing projects. The top salesmen each year
    were given the honor of being able to drive them
    for one year. The v-8 engine (max 85 hp) ran
    like a sewing machine and
    surprisingly smooth and quiet. I

    thought this was a much better looking

    automobile than the Ford Thunderbird that

    visited us last year. FYI, the car was insured

    (we were told) for the trip to Louisville via

    covered trailer for 1.5 million


    We were also told that
    the dies were ruined by stamping the stainless car parts,
    making these the last of these cars ever

  2. Fe26
    Joined: Dec 25, 2006
    Posts: 543


    Why oh why didn't they stamp out a 3 window coupe?
  3. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 6,897


    One of the 4 was promptly stolen and never seen again
  4. freebird101
    Joined: Feb 13, 2009
    Posts: 1,203


    that is one nice 36
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  6. Antny
    Joined: Aug 19, 2009
    Posts: 1,071

    from Noo Yawk

    That's a pre-war Delorean. :D
  7. My girlfriend's Dad just saw one of these in Pleasanton, I think, he showed me a picture. He's too old for a digital camera otherwise I'd share it here.

    The guy that owns it now says he'd been after it for decades. Apparently, according to my girl's old man, Henry Ford gave most of these away to those salesmen the original poster was talking about, but gave the one he was looking at to a dentist who had just pioneered some technique for using stainless steel in fixing kids' teeth. The dentist died, gave the car to his kid, who died and gave it to his kid, who finally sold it to the guy that has it now -- it took him three generations of the dentist's family passing away before he got rid of it. The guy's like 75 but he finally got that stainless '36!

    Anyone else see one of these at Goodguys Pleasanton?
  8. guffey
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 994


    Leo Gephart the classic car dealer owns it and showed it at Hershey this past October at the AACA fall meet.
  9. rexrogers
    Joined: Sep 18, 2007
    Posts: 996


    the car is amazing i would love to get a real close look at it and see if the stainless has much for stress cracks or any repairs that were done or need to be done, what type of stainless. When was it stammped that has to be some wear and tear on the dies.

  10. FiddyFour
    Joined: Dec 31, 2004
    Posts: 8,977


    has it been 6 months already?
  11. historynw
    Joined: May 26, 2008
    Posts: 806


    A car even "a Brillo pad" likes.:p
  12. Fe26

    That's a lot of religion for a site that doesn't allow religious posts.
  13. R Frederick
    Joined: Mar 30, 2009
    Posts: 2,661

    R Frederick
    from illinois

    Yea, I did a search before I posted. Sorry I didn't find it.
  14. yes, it's been posted many times before...but it is always interesting to see.

    i understand form other posts that even though the outer body was stainless steel , the floor and inner structure , and the frame was still regular steel
  15. jimi'shemi291
    Joined: Jan 21, 2009
    Posts: 9,500


    In the early '70s I read an article wherein it was stated that Ford built SIX of these in '36. Also, that was not the last time Ford built a few stainless-steel cars, either. I think they did so at least 3 times -- another being a few of the 2nd-gen. T-birds.
  16. True, only the outer body panels of these cars were stainless. Only one of the six cars was in private hands and was in a carriage house for many decades in southwestern suburban Chicago until early 2009 when it was sold. I knew that car since grade school around 1960 when I first saw it but could never strike a deal with the inheriting son of the man who had owned it down through the years.

    Are you sure the Gephart car is actually stainless??? I think it is a steel car that has been painted with maybe the Alsa Corp. chrome paint product. I don't think the stamped stainless is of a quality that could be brought to that super high luster like SS trim. The original cars when stamped were simple brushed sheet SS quality.

    Since Allegheny Ludlum was the original stamping company on this project, I surely expect that they retain ownership of their '36 two door. There were also other stainless bodies built including two '60 Thunderbird coupes, a '67 Lincoln 4dr convertible. See the article at

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