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Hello.

I have the chance to get a Ford B400 1932 V8...

What would be the a reasonable price to buy it in # 4 condition and what could be a reasonable selling price once restored.

Any information, is highly appreciated

thanks

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Quite likely the most valuable of all 1932 Fords. Don't quibble over the entry price of even a #4 car, because it's probably the smallest check you're going to write on what will be an expensive restoration. It will likely be a six-figure car when it's done if you do it right. If the initial buy-in is a number you can afford and are willing to pay, I wouldn't hesitate if it's a car you truly want and will restore properly. Will you make money on it? Meh. Will you have an amazing car? Absolutely.

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3 minutes ago, Matt Harwood said:

Quite likely the most valuable of all 1932 Fords. Don't quibble over the entry price of even a #4 car, because it's probably the smallest check you're going to write on what will be an expensive restoration. It will likely be a six-figure car when it's done if you do it right. If the initial buy-in is a number you can afford and are willing to pay, I wouldn't hesitate if it's a car you truly want and will restore properly. Will you make money on it? Meh. Will you have an amazing car? Absolutely.

Thank you Matt...Good point....

 

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Keep in mind that there have been more than  few, all steel, reproduction B-400, convertible sedan bodies  reproduced over the years.

 

Also, many B-400 were made for export and built in non-USA Ford factories. These bodies are different than the US built B-400s. Some have been fitted to US chassis and sold as authentic,  US B-400s. 

 

Like all 1932 Fords, the convertible sedan was supplied with either 4 cylinder or V-8 engine. An authentic V-8 car is worth the most. Many four cylinder cars have had a V-8 engine change and the serial numbers altered accordingly.

 

A real, US built, authentic 1932 Ford B-400 is quite rare. Make sure you know what you buying.

 

Also, technically, speaking the proper reference is 400-B, not B-400. Ford never used the term B-400!!!

 

Good luck on your purchase.

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I'd check out the fine details to be sure you are buying what you think you are buying. Hope it is an untouched unrestored car, checking the original features are a lot easier that way. There are several Tudor Sedans that were converted to 400B or B400's, not everyone will admit that. Bob 

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There is a 400 A club which also takes 400 Bs. They would love to hear from you about it. Find out more about it on the Ford Barn.On a side note there was one "Barner" from California last summer who reported that his restored 400 A was trajically destroyed in the wild fires

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I totally agree with Paul on the V-8 Club, two volume set of 1932 Ford books. They were written by Dave Rehor, probably the most knowledgeable person on the '32 Ford on the planet.

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