Robert Quillin Spots a One-of-Kind  Stainless Steel 1936 Ford  Sedan

By Robert Quillin  

One of my favorite automobiles on our recent trip to the AACA Grand Nationals in Auburn, Indiana was a 1936 Ford Tudor Sedan with a stainless-steel body.

In 1936, Allegheny Ludlum, a steel company based in Pennsylvania had Ford build six stainless steel bodied 1936 sedans.  The six sedans were all standard production vehicles except for their stainless-steel bodies.  Allegheny Ludlum Company had the patent for stainless steel in 1936.  All six Fords were put in Allegheny’s fleet and the stainless bodied Fords were used to promote the use of stainless steel.  The six Fords were driven for about 10 years.  In 1946 these Fords were all retired with about 200,000 miles on each of them.  Two were damaged beyond repair during use by Allegheny’s employees, two are still retained by Allegheny’s company and two are in museums.

Joe Floyd, a South Dakota businessman and Ford collector donated his 1936 stainless steel Ford to the Early Ford V8 Foundation Museum in Auburn, Indiana.  The original finish on the 1936 Fords was a natural metal sheen that was neither dull nor shiny.  Joe Floyd’s 1936 stainless steel Ford underwent approximately 1000 hours of polishing!  He also donated 17 other 1936 Fords.  Floyd donated one million dollars to the museum which provided the museum 10,000 additional square feet to house Floyd’s collection of 1936 Fords.  His collection is unique because it included an example of all the models offered by Ford in 1936.  This section of the museum is set up like a 1936 Ford dealership and is named Floyd Motors.

I encourage anyone traveling near Auburn to partake of an afternoon enjoying the history and vehicles of the Early Ford V8 Foundation Museum.