1938 Ford 82C Custom Pickup Classes up Auction Stage
With stroked Blue Oval power and tasteful upgrades, this vintage Ford 82C checks all of our boxes and more.
If you’re like us, you probably spend way too many hours watching auctions like Mecum and Barrett-Jackson on the weekends. Watching as amazing ride after amazing ride rolls across the block, only for some rich dude to shave a little money off his savings account to add it to his stable. And that’s exactly what happened recently when this gorgeous 1938 Ford 82C Custom pickup graced our eyes at Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast auction.
Sadly, it didn’t take long before this old beauty’s hammer price exceeded our modest budget, and the dream of owning it effectively died. But that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate just how nice it is, nor share it with you, loyal reader. And there are plenty of cool features here worth pointing out. Beginning with the fact that it’s one of the very few vintage Ford trucks out there with an actual Ford engine under the hood. In this case, a 347 stroker, which fills up that tiny engine bay quite nicely.
Early pickups are notorious for cramped interiors not suitable for folks over six feet tall. So a little work was done to rectify that issue. The builder went to the trouble of stretching the cab, frame, and doors a full 4-inches to add some legroom. The entire chassis was also stripped of all its archaic parts and treated to loads of modern suspension bits.
The outside is clean, simple, and downright classy with black paint and red pinstriping. Some chrome remains, including a set of timeless five spoke alloys. The inside is equally clean, as the two-tone treatment carries over to the seat, door panels, and cab trim. It all adds up to one tastefully finished little Ford 82C, something you rarely see these days. And we hope that the new owner keeps it that way for years to come!