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American Pickers’ Mike Wolfe buys $56K 1939 Ford Deluxe and begins restorations

AMERICAN Pickers’ Mike Wolfe on Wednesday posted to Instagram a picture of a 1939 Ford Deluxe that he bought for $56k.

The TV star says he is now working to restore the car to a higher resale value.

An auto technician next to Mike Wolfe’s 1939 Ford DeluxeCredit: Instagram

The highest sale for this model is $308k, with 1338 sales recorded, Hagerty reports.

Wolfe’s Instagram post of the Ford reads: “The 1939 #fordcoupe is open!!! Thank you Peterson Lock for not giving up! The inside is a time capsule. Not opened since 1975! Interior is beautiful rich colors and in amazing condition. Looking forward to getting this baby back @ontwolanes #inthevalley”

One user commented on Wolfe’s post: “They haven’t made cars this cool in a long time.”

Ford originally sold their 1939 Deluxe Coupe for $788—and the car was already a classic by the time the mid-1960s rolled around, Hemmings reports



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One of this Ford’s most noteworthy developments was its hydraulic drum brakes that became standard in place of mechanical and cable-actuated brakes, according to Hemmings.

Hydraulic drum brakes use fluid instead of a cable for additional stopping power.

The 1939 Ford Deluxe seated three passengers, contained a 112-inch wheelbase and sported a flathead V-8 engine beneath its hood.

This flathead engine had represented an improved design for 1939 as its stronger foundation included bigger main bearings supporting a larger crankshaft, Hemmings reports.

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Further bolstering the 1939 Deluxe’s fresh engine design were new 24-stud cylinder heads that fostered a slightly raised compression ratio.

This 1939 Ford Deluxe isn’t the only restoration project that Wolfe has on his hands.

Wolfe posted an Instagram of his 1964 Volkswagen bus before its extensive renovations.

Wolfe’s Instagram post of his 1964 Volkswagen bus reads: “1964 21 Window Volkswagen Bus Out of New Mexico. Is getting the @j3restorations Treatment! This survivor will have a mechanical restoration.

Behind the wheel shot of Wolfe’s 1939 Ford DeluxeCredit: Instagram