Register now to get rid of these ads!

Projects The rising prices of 33 34 Coupes

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by panhead_pete, May 6, 2021.

  1. panhead_pete
    Joined: Feb 22, 2006
    Posts: 2,726


    Anyone else noticed that maybe its the Rolling Bones factor or the recent discovery of more historic lakes chopped cars but Model 40 coupe prices seem to be rapidly esclating whilst 32 prices have stagnated or decreased. Maybe the 33/34s are just catching up but they are becoming increasingly harder to find at affordable prices. Even though I've owned two 32s I always thought the Model 40s looked better, maybe more folks feel the same way now?
  2. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 34,713


    Seems to me that they have been up in price forever.
  3. I totally agree, they have always been pricey here in the Sunny South. HRP
    31hotrodguy and Tman like this.
  4. harpo1313
    Joined: Jan 4, 2008
    Posts: 2,288

    from wareham,ma

    One of my favorite change over years. Always priced a little higher , but look at those lines.
    31hotrodguy and CC-Mo like this.

  5. 34Larry
    Joined: Apr 25, 2011
    Posts: 1,649


    Oh the joy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)
    210superair likes this.
  6. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 11,003

    from Zoar, Ohio

    Too high for my wallet.
    Unless I sell two to get one.
    Always been on my bucket list.
  7. Mike Colemire
    Joined: May 18, 2013
    Posts: 1,391

    Mike Colemire

    I think they look a lot better than a 32, can't afford either one but if I could it'd be a 33, 34. I hate when they put a 32 grille on them.
    vtx1800 and 40FORDPU like this.
  8. rusty valley
    Joined: Oct 25, 2014
    Posts: 2,720

    rusty valley

    Heck I think I sold 5 to buy my 34 3w, and it was a pile of junk. then you sell off some more so you can shovel the money into it
    31hotrodguy and Petejoe like this.
  9. millersgarage
    Joined: Jun 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,101


    owned my 33 for a while, and still in sticker shock when i look for parts
  10. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 4,310

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    In my experience, 33/34's have always been more costly than 32's and a bit more expensive to build. Price a chrome 33/34 grille compared to a (painted) 32. Cost of admission is (and always has been) staggering, especially if you're going all steel, full fendered with chrome grille and vulcanized running boards ( like I am:eek:).

    Also, consider the fact that SAR is no longer producing Steel 33/34 3/w Coupes, leaving that option gone, whereas Brookville is making Deuce 3/w Coupes and UP is making Deuce 5/w Coupes. This leaves the buyer of a 33/34 Coupe with the choice of buying a finished car or a rarely found decent body. Even old, hogged out stock car bodies are sky high. Then there's Sedan to Coupe conversions. Ton of work and no matter how well done, never hit the bullseye 100%
    Last edited: May 6, 2021
    31hotrodguy and rockable like this.
  11. TCTND
    Joined: Dec 27, 2019
    Posts: 251


    Well I just bit the bullet when I bought my '33. After looking for a year it actually made more sense to buy a well built, running car (even though I knew I'd take it apart and start over) than a "project car" with no undamaged panels and many missing parts. After selling the unwanted bits the outlay wasn't much more than one of those and I started with a legal, registered vehicle with a straight body, perfect grille, quickchange etc. It's currently getting a 3 1/2" haircut and being brought from fifties style into the sixties, which is more my cup of tea (or mug of ale actually).
  12. panhead_pete
    Joined: Feb 22, 2006
    Posts: 2,726


    I guess I never really looked at prices of them too hard as was happy with A's and a couple 32s along the way but now I'd love one have been surprised a little with prices. Best not miss out on the next one that pops up :)
  13. No way I could just go buy a 33-34 coupe but I made my mind up I was going to the very top of my bucket list. {I HATE that phrase!} I sold junk at swap meets, worked extra hours, conned my bodyman buddy to put my crappy jalopy racer body in the back corner of his shop for 8 years of Tuesday and Friday nights, piecing the body together from other bodies and some S.A.R. sheetmetal as I could afford it.
    I was not to be denied. I made my mind up to have a 33-34 coupe.....nothing less. Turns out the only parts I used from the original jalopy racer body was the door jambs and the back 1/2 of the top. Everything else was sourced from the HAMB classifieds, swapmeets or some of the guys around here [Thanks Lowell Kimball] who deal in old ford shit.
    To make a loooooong story short, I worked on something to do with my 34 every day for 9 and a half years. I am living proof if you really REALLY want one of these coupes, you can make it happen. I am so glad I stuck with it those years. The car isn't nice but I've driven it to the HAMB drags in Joplin [from Omaha] twice and competed.
    I'm just some guy like you guys...nobody special. If I can do it, you can do it. 34woodie12_07 (1).jpg 34R3_4ths2_12.JPG 34 5_20.jpg
    Tim, 1929rats, williebill and 23 others like this.
  14. adam401
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
    Posts: 2,479


    IMG_20210410_191058_531.jpg Once you buy the body and frame its just like building any early Ford jalopy. Especially if you use all early Ford parts like I do its basically all the same parts be it a model A, T, model 40 or 32.
    Theres been a pretty complete 33 or 34 sedan in the classifieds for a while now for under 4 grand. Buy your ass a set of roadster quarters and cut and weld to you got a chopped to hell 3 window.
  15. Misbehaven
    Joined: May 7, 2021
    Posts: 22


    The rising prices on everything and a lot of junk out there people are asking over rated prices.

    I JB weld almost everything the rest I use bubble gum.
    Life is to short to do it right the first time
    redoxide likes this.
  16. Rocky,
    I would beg to differ,,,,,,your 34 is very nice .
    I always admire your avatar pics,,,,,and the pics where you have it parked somewhere always caught my eye .
    Look at it,,,,,!
    I don’t know what engine you have,,,,,but I am certain it is great .
    It has a QC,,,,great stance,,,,wheels are just right,,,,,all the right combinations.
    I even like the paint,,,,,nothing special,,,,,but it suits it .
    Because it is low key,,,,not over the top,,,,is what makes it more appealing to me .

    Man,,,,,I would trade with you in an instant,,,,,,,however,,,,,I don’t have anything to trade,,,,LoL .

  17. panhead_pete
    Joined: Feb 22, 2006
    Posts: 2,726


    Rocky you sure under sell your car and Adam your coupe is one of my favs! You are right too, once you get past the initial sticker price for a body, grill and frame, costs are all pretty much the same.
  18. CC-Mo
    Joined: Oct 13, 2019
    Posts: 40


    Yes, they are pricey to buy/build but they make some cool cars.
    Mine has taken forever it seems.
  19. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 6,969

    from Oregon

    I've never noticed them going up. They've always been high priced, and to me one of the best looking 30's cars ever designed. If they weren't so spendy I'd own one too. I'd have to sell both of my cars to get one, and I just can't let them go.
    panhead_pete likes this.
  20. bowlingball
    Joined: Oct 24, 2008
    Posts: 130

    from Australia

    I couldn’t afford the 2 34 coupes that I was offered at a good Australian price some 20 yrs ago( about the same as you guys are paying for a good body now in the USA) but jumped on the worst Aussie 34 roadster body 3 years ago for 4K,with enough parts parts to build 2 rough roadsters but still a bargain in Oz, cool ain’t cheap...34s are through the roof down here... but they are the prettiest early ford in my eyes
  21. deathrowdave
    Joined: May 27, 2014
    Posts: 2,664

    from NKy

    I have a 32 3w my Buddy has chopped 34 5W . There is a huge difference in the size of the tin . It is the progression in auto manufacturing . Personally I like the 33 34 3W with a hot rod chop . The 32 is a one year off , and just says killer hot rod also . Prices have gone nuts on any good tin anymore . I could not afford to purchase my own car in today’s world . I was a lucky sole to stumble into a deal many years ago .
    TrailerTrashToo and panhead_pete like this.
  22. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,963


    I paid 6500 for this pile 13 years ago. It's hard to tell but there are some really good parts in that pile.
    CC-Mo, 31hotrodguy, jim snow and 6 others like this.
  23. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,963


    I also paid 6500 for this pile last year. It looks great in the pictures but is actually a giant pile of shit. Purchase price did not include the old guy.


  24. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,963


    17K for this one in 2015. She was a street rod rescue project. Lots of hidden atrocities had been done to this poor girl. If you think the wheels are bad you should have seen under the hood. I would get thrown off the HAMB if I showed you.

    CC-Mo, 31hotrodguy, jim snow and 4 others like this.
  25. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,963


    14K for this one in 2017. Pretty decent little car but she had been a hot rod in the 60's which is code for horrible butchery was done with a torch.

    Tim, CC-Mo, 31hotrodguy and 7 others like this.
  26. The price of 1933-34 Ford coupes is relative to your pocketbook. Years ago when I was working and could afford it, prices weren't too bad. now that I am long retired, 19 years, Prices are way out of my price range. I remember back in the early 1970's my partner and I had a channeled 1934 Ford coupe body and frame with out a deck lid, we couldn't sell it for $ 400.00. We put a $ 25.00 deck lid on the body and it sold for $ 700.00. People are strange.
    31hotrodguy and panhead_pete like this.
  27. harpo1313
    Joined: Jan 4, 2008
    Posts: 2,288

    from wareham,ma

  28. coupe33
    Joined: Nov 23, 2004
    Posts: 631


    I listed and sold my 34 5 window last fall (on the HAMB) and it was pretty decent not perfect. That coupe has 33 doors and I never worried about it. I am pretty sure it was going to be a street rod at some point in it's life. I kept my cobbled 33 5 window to continue building. Basically my 33 is a pile of mix and match conversion. Not pretty but I don't care it is my way.
  29. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 9,719

    jimmy six

    I know this might mean much to some but to me they do.
    1. They are bigger...we are bigger.
    2. The wife will ride in a coupe especially if it has AC.
    3. They look as good stock as chopped to me.
    48fordnut and bowlingball like this.
  30. "Man,,,,,I would trade with you in an instant,,,,,,,however,,,,,I don’t have anything to trade,,,,LoL "

    Tommy.....Thanks for the nice words. If you really REALLY want one of these cars, sell your prostreet car or better yet, start building a 'glass bodied car piece by piece. If I hadn't bought an old steel jalopy body, I'd have bought one of those 3 window chopped glass bodies with the A-posts leaned back...salt flat style. Sure would have speeded things up in my case.
    31hotrodguy, Elcohaulic and 5window like this.

Share This Page

Register now to get rid of these ads!


Copyright © 1995-2021 The Jalopy Journal: Steal our stuff, we'll kick your teeth in. Terms of Service. Privacy Policy.

Atomic Industry
Forum software by XenForo™ ©2010-2014 XenForo Ltd.