Ford’s roadster pickups have long been sought out by hot rodders and collectors, but they fell out of favor with buyers in the 1930s as closed cab rigs became more prevalent.
The final year for the roadster was 1934 and Ford built just a handful, likely due to dwindling demand. Today, these trucks are an unusual find: According to Tom Brownell’s 1994 book, Ford Pickup Color History, just 347 were built. Mecum’s description sets final production at 16 and says that this is one of three in existence.
The soft top hauler is currently on the docket at Mecum’s Gone Farmin sale in Davenport, Iowa, Nov. 7-9, among about a dozen trucks, a few cars and many interesting vintage tractors (including this Rock Island G2).
The pickup is powered by a 221 cu.in. flathead V-8 which was the only engine available that year. In the photos, the Ford looks correct for its year and ready for some light-duty fair-weather hauling. It was once owned by the late Bruce Church who is said to have purchased the truck at Hershey missing its original doors. Church was a partner in the Wilkes County, North Carolina, Church & Church Lumber Company as well as a prolific collector of Fords and more. His collection amassed over 35 years was auctioned off by Mecum in 2017 following his death in 2016.
Price guides offer little insight into the value of these last-of-the-line trucks, but there’s one currently for sale in New Hampshire with an asking price just shy of $110,000.