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Lot 57
1937 Ford Custom Coupe


From the Pristine Collection of Eric McConnell

CHASSIS NO: 183535881

• Bill Mitchell Hard Core 540 cubic-inch Merlin engine
• TCI Pro-Street frame with S/S “A” frames
• Fewer than 800 miles traveled
• Vintage Air air-conditioning with chrome compressor

Merlin 540 big block Chevy engine, TH400 automatic transmission, TCI Pro-Street frame with S/S “A” frames, Wiseco forged pistons, Ford 9-inch differential, rack and pinion steering, Wilwood brakes

The 1937 Ford was part of the first year of production for the new fleet of Ford automobiles; this model would only be around for a short period of time though, as the automobiles were taken off production and redesigned in 1941. With not much time on the production line, they were still able to leave a lasting legacy. Specifically, the coupe model Fords from 1937-1940 became some of the most popular automobiles for hot rodding, early stock car racing, and helped form the basis for early dirt track racing. Even though these cars are not used for stock and dirt racing today, their presence is still strong in the hot-rodding community, as it is one of the more popular models to customize and hot rod today. With that in mind, Eric McConnell bought this car with a mere 800 miles on it to add his noted collection. Having never been raced, this pro-street custom is completely street legal, but also ready to tear down the track.

Starting with a TCI Pro-Street frame with S/S “A” frames as a base, a highly sought-after three-window fiberglass body by Minotti was then placed on top. The fresh Ferrari red paint job brings out the unique curves of the body, as well as the art grille and side panel louvres. 15X15/18.50 Mickey Thompson pro-street tires were used in the rear and 15X6 in the fronts. Four Wilwood billet polished calipers were placed all around, with top-of-the-line hat mount drum brakes in the rear. Underneath the custom hood is a bad to the bone Bill Mitchell Hard Core 540 cubic-inch Merlin engine. Key parts such as a Merlin aluminum intake with an 870 CFM-Holley carburetor, Aeromotive electric fuel pump, and Wiseco forged pistons were used in the build to increase the overall horsepower and enjoyment of the custom ride. A Ford 9-inch differential was also used.

The interior is wrapped in a low-profile roll cage and features two custom-stitched charcoal leather bucket seats. Slated between the bucket seats is the TH400 automatic transmission and leather wrapped E-brake. The center column sports a chrome Halon 1211 fire extinguishing system with a console release handle, providing the ultimate safety feature a pro-street build can have. The black leather dash features an Auto Meter carbon fiber gauge system and a chrome finished Vintage Air air-conditioning system. High quality Sony speakers and stereo have been incorporated for an added bonus while cruising down the road. This street legal custom also features all the creature comforts in it as well, including power brakes, power steering, and power windows. With no detail left out, this thrilling, near new 1937 Ford Custom Coupe is sure to be a big hit wherever it is driven.

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