1933 Hudson Terraplane grille shell
Posted 25 January 2013 - 04:51 PM
Can anyone tell me if there is any demand for original 1933 Terraplane grilles in good shape? Or, is it maybe "too rare," with little demand? Can anyone help me to figure out what it might be worth? A local hot rodder has been after it for a while, but he wants to put it on a "rat rod," and may have plans to cut or modify it. I posted it on the Jalopy Journal forum, and immediately two folks sent me PM's wanting to buy it, but again, both of them are rodders. I like hot rods just fine, but I would hate to see an original grille shell in good shape cut up, IF there were restorers desperately searching for original grille shells (after all, hot rodders could use many different grille shells for their purposes, but an owner of a '33 Terraplane resto project would require this specific unit).
Thanks in advance for any assistance anyone can give.
Posted 26 January 2013 - 01:23 AM
Posted 03 February 2013 - 03:16 AM
Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:14 PM
Ivan, No, it is not yet sold. But one other restorer has asked for more detailed photos, which I hope to send to him today. Then if he is still interested, I will work with my buddy to establish a price. If he does not take it, I will offer it to you next. For the record, there are 3 hot rodders who want the grille shell, but the way I see it, they can use about any old neat-looking grille...whereas a restorer must use the exactly-correct grille. So I do plan to give fellow restorers the first shot.
Have you sold this grille shell yet? I am interested.
Posted 05 February 2013 - 05:33 PM
Posted 06 February 2013 - 05:53 PM
The metal is very solid, with surface rust. I have not even wiped off the dirt, so there is flaky rust and peeling chrome here and there.
Posted 07 April 2013 - 11:18 AM
Posted 08 April 2013 - 11:46 AM
hi this may be a long shot . i am very interested in this grill,
Sorry, once this grille shell was identified, 3 or 4 people wanted it. I have shipped it to a new home. On the positive side, I learned that there are several owners of '33 Terraplanes doing restorations right now, so you may be able to correspond with them on this forum, if that is helpful. Good luck!
Posted 22 August 2013 - 12:26 AM
Ivan, is this car the same as yours?
Thanks for the response. I have attached a photo of the car that could use a nice grille shell.
1931 Ford Model A ('80-'83)
1940 Packard 110 ('83-'95)
1964 Studebaker GT Hawk ('95-'98)
1947 Oldsmobile L78 ('98-'02)
1934 Chevrolet Master (since '01)
1967 Ford Mustang GTA (since '05)
Posted 22 August 2013 - 02:45 AM
The one in your photo is a 6 cylinder--it has louvers in the hood sides instead of doors. Not sure if 32 or 33. Nice car to find though!
Posted 24 August 2013 - 09:44 PM
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