Not related to the Tower: ’37 Ford Eifel Roadster
The Ford Eifels were built in Germany and Hungary from 1935-’39 and bodies were built by many European coach builders. They really look similar to American Fords of the same era, but the bodies are scaled down and are about the size of an American Bantam. Naturally they were powered by a Ford 1172cc side-valve four-cylinder engine mounted in a Ford Model C chassis and a majority of the model run was produced in Köln, Germany. Several body styles were offered: two-door saloon, four-door, and roadster. Today’s find has been for sale for a while. The Eifel took top awards at AACA Hershey Meet in October 2010 and the Burn Prevention Network’s Concours D’Elegance May 2011. According to the story the current owner tells, the original owner was a Jewish doctor who hid it under a haystack in his father’s barn during World War II. The doctor eventually got spooked he would be arrested for owning the car and gave it to a U.S. Serviceman. It remained in Europe until it was purchased by another serviceman who shipped it to the U.S. in 1958 and gave the car to his brother. This brother was the owner the seller bought the car from. Although seen at numerous European auto shows, there are believed to be less than 100 Eifels still existing out of the more than 60,000 produced before Ford discontinued the Eifel model. Far fewer in a Roadster body. This restored example with its history is a fine example of Ford’s European styling of the Thirties. What’s it worth? There isn’t much data to compare it to however the seller says $95,000 and it is yours. Check it out by clicking here.