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Old 10-01-2019, 10:08 PM   #1
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This particular 1934 Ford Coupe Utility would have to be the best example of the breed in Australia bar none. This is what the genuine 1934 Ford Coupe Ute looks like. The original 1934 Coupe Ute was designed by Lew Bandt and was an immediate success generating good sales for Ford Motor Company in Australia. However, in recent times, much controversy and confusion has been caused when Ford Motor Company of Australia started out with a 1933 Ford Sedan as the basis to create a Ute in the 80's to give to their retiring Designer Lew Bandt. The recreation is nothing like the original, which is a great pity.
The above photo of a genuine 1934 Ford Coupe Ute was taken at Yass during the documentary shoot "Aussie Inventions that changed the world" in 2017. If you want to see more of this Ute, the owners brother shot a video which is very well done. Check it out.
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Try to make the video public; I'd like to see it.
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I snapped this one at the nostalgia drags on the weekend.
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They are few and far between these days. Only until fairly recently, collectors used Utes as Parts Cars with little respect for Utes. These days, they are highly sought after. Thanks for Posting.
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Ford Factory Photo of the New Ford Coupe Utility, Type 302 for 1934.
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Try to make the video public; I'd like to see it.
The "privacy" thing only applies to watching it embedded on Ford Barn. Click the "Play on Vimeo" button.
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I find it a little disappointing that, in the video clip, the commentator says that it has been restored. It's a hot rod, not a restored car so be honest and call it that. From what I can see the only part that remains from the original vehicle is some of the body panels etc.
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Are there actually any/many 'restored' [original specs] '34 Cpe Utes or roadster Utes ['33-'34] in Australia?
All I have seen pics are hot rods like this one except for one in a museum, maybe Sth Aust. Cheers
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I find it a little disappointing that, in the video clip, the commentator says that it has been restored. It's a hot rod, not a restored car so be honest and call it that. From what I can see the only part that remains from the original vehicle is some of the body panels etc.
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In defense of the owner of the great red 1934 Ford Coupe Ute, sure, it has been modified, however, you should have seen how this Ute looked when it was first rescued from outside storage on a property, with most of the mechanical parts missing. The finished product, even if it has late model running gear is a credit to the builder and owner. The original body has been restored and each panel is super straight. It also has the original headlights, bumper, horns etc. so it is restored on the outside. Also, it is a driver and sees lot of use going to shows and promotions. Give credit where credit is due. It is one sharp looking Ute.
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I agree with you Mercman. I appreciate the workmanship in well built cars, whether restored or modified. It's very impressive.
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In defense of the owner of the great red 1934 Ford Coupe Ute, sure, it has been modified, however, you should have seen how this Ute looked when it was first rescued from outside storage on a property, with most of the mechanical parts missing. The finished product, even if it has late model running gear is a credit to the builder and owner. The original body has been restored and each panel is super straight. It also has the original headlights, bumper, horns etc. so it is restored on the outside. Also, it is a driver and sees lot of use going to shows and promotions. Give credit where credit is due. It is one sharp looking Ute.

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Isn't that the MO of most all the Ute's??? Rode hard and put up wet!!! Very well beat??? I can attest to that for sure!!!
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For the purists, here are pictures of a restored 1934 Ford Well Type Coupe Ute. These Well Type Utes were very popular with builders etc as they could carry long loads on the added sides. The Well Type Ute was more practical, but not as good looking as the Straight Side models. The Well Type models were known as Type 304. This beauty is all original. Enjoy.
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Body Number 40LD1262 January 1935. Production finished at end of March 1935. Utility ex the Ice Works on Kangaroo Island, SA. This very Utility won a REDeX Reliability Trial on the island in 1955. Body Number and chassis numbers had to be identified by SA Police Forensic examination. Indicative of what damage salt and ice water can do to a work vehicle.
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Mike Wolfe (from "American Pickers") would be raving about the fact that it had "original paint". Many people have started with a lot worse. The fact remains that is not a restoration, but a "Street Rod" (not that that takes anything away from it).
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For the purists, here are pictures of a restored 1934 Ford Well Type Coupe Ute. These Well Type Utes were very popular with builders etc as they could carry long loads on the added sides. The Well Type Ute was more practical, but not as good looking as the Straight Side models. The Well Type models were known as Type 304. This beauty is all original. Enjoy.

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Maybe 25 yrs ago a nice Aus . '34 phaeton and a '34 roadster ute were in a V8er's collection in Salem, OR. Newc
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Here is a picture of another modified 1934 Ford Coupe Ute - Body Number 40LD1050. This one runs a 318 Chrysler and 4 speed trans. The rear section on this Ute has been shortened.
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Here is a picture of another 1934 Ford Coupe Ute. While the mechanicals have been changed, the body is original, except for the rear cover and Tail Lights. This one has Body Number 40LD1290. With a high number like this means that less than 100 more Utes, both Roadster Utes and Coupe Utes were built. Please note that these Utes, regardless of whether they were Roadster Utes or Coupe Utes received the next number in sequence. This numbering started with the 1933 Ford Roadster Utes started with the 1933 Ford Utes, as the Coupe Ute was not introduced until the 1934 model.
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How rare are 1934 Ford Coupe Utes? To answer that question, read the following. Allocated Body Numbers included ALL Roadster Utilities + Coupe Utilities for Model 40 vehicles, 1933 and 1934 Fords. All up, 528 Coupe Utilities (145 Type 304 Well-type and 383 Type 302 Straightside Models.) A further 862 Roadster Utilities were produced. All up TOTAL of 1390 units.
Remember that this total is for ALL 1933 and 1934 Ford Utes, so you can see that the Coupe Utes are extremely rare, and that is why people are trying to rescue the remains of any that they come across. Only 528 Coupe Utes were manufactured here.
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For the purists, here are pictures of a restored 1934 Ford Well Type Coupe Ute. These Well Type Utes were very popular with builders etc as they could carry long loads on the added sides. The Well Type Ute was more practical, but not as good looking as the Straight Side models. The Well Type models were known as Type 304. This beauty is all original. Enjoy.
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I agree !! This model would be my ultimate early V8. Has the style & elegance of the '33 '34 Ford front end with the unique but supremely practical utility tray. They look too good to be used as a commercial. A belated Ford Australia success. Cheers.
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These 1934 Ford Coupe Utes are so thin on the ground these days, that the new owner jumped at the chance to drag the bones of this one home. Luckily, he is a very accomplished panel beater, so hopefully, this one will see the light of day again. It is Body Number 40LD470. Not many survive, so you have to take what you get, even if it does look like this.
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Very good ,great potential ,would be good to see this one when finished ,looks solid sheet metal
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When I got to the butchered undercarrage, I just cut the video off. That would have been a twice as nice car if it was truly restored.
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Back in 2017 at the ASRF Street Rod Nationals held at Bendigo, there were four of these rare 1934 Ford Coupe Utes in attendance. They were parked together for a photo shoot.
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This 1934 Ford Coupe Ute was spotted at a recent Hot Rod Run.
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Here's another that I came across only a couple of days ago. It closely resembles the one just above. DD


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That "Ute" DD is the cobbled up one that Ford did for Ford Designer Lou Bandt as a retirement present. They couldn't locate a genuine Ute, but found a 1933 Ford Sedan, and removed the back portion and mated it up to the B pillar. From the B pillar back, they had to cobble up a bed, the best as they could. Unfortunately, returning home from an interview, Lou was involved in an accident that claimed his life. His widow donated the damaged cut-down 33 sedan to Ford requesting them to repair the Ute in Lou's honor. Ford Australia asked the local Early Ford V8 Club for assistance and they replaced the 33 grille and fenders with 34 items, and that is how the car looks today - totally different to the original 1934 Ford Coupe Ute. Unfortunately, Ford Australia continue to promote this car in all their advertisements, as the genuine article. It has also been illustrated on an Australian stamp and a coin. It is just a pity that a genuine one had not been located, as it would have saved a lot of confusion some 85 years after the fact. The molding on the doors on a Sedan are totally different to the molding on the Coupe and Coupe Utes. A scale model has also been produced of this poor substitute for a genuine 1934 Ford Coupe Ute.
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For comparison, check out the profiles of the original unrestored genuine 1934 Ford Coupe Ute with the profile of this recreated one made from a 1933 Ford Sedan. Notice the shape of the rear side windows? The back of the cab on the recreation is almost vertical, but it slants on the original. Compare the different widths of the molding on the doors. The Taillights on the originals were never on steams like the other passenger cars, but only had a single light on the right hand side mounted on a bracket. The cargo area is also smaller on this recreation. The front half of the recreation is fine, it is just the back half that is totally wrong.
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34 GAZ, That 34 Ford is the genuine deal. Regards Mercman <><
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Here is a Ford Factory photo of a 1934 Ford Coupe Ute when it was brand new. Notice how different the rear roof line and tray area is from the "recreated" one that Ford Australia is promoting.
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Advertisement that appeared in the local Newspapers for the new 1934 Ford Coupe Ute. Notice that it is totally different to the recreated Ute that Ford Australia did recently as a retirement present to Lou Bandt. This is how they should look.
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