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Lot 38
1937 Ford Cabriolet


Selling on Wednesday

From the Ron Thorne Collection

CHASSIS NO: 183967195

• Stunning body-off restoration
• Finished in rare Spring color of Dalmatian Green
• Dearborn Award winner
• Photos of the car during restoration

221 cid V-8 engine, 85 HP, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes, rear-wheel drive; wheelbase: 112”

Ford’s 1937 models featured a number of design firsts for the company. Borrowing styling cues from the new Lincoln-Zephyr, the headlights were now mounted in the front fenders and the grille and fender skirts were totally redesigned. This Cabriolet was 1 of only 10,184 to be produced with the new styling cues, leaving it highly sought-after by Ford enthusiasts.

Finished in one of the rarer colors for the year comes this stunning 1937 Ford Cabriolet in Dalmatian Green. Mr. Thorne acquired this Cabriolet in the mid-2000s and commissioned it to be given a body-off restoration which brought the car beyond its original showroom condition. Included in the sale of this automobile is a stack of photos documenting the restoration process. What makes its Dalmatian Green rarer than most colors are that it was only offered from March to May in the year 1937 as a part of Ford’s Spring/Easter sales promotion. The promotion was only used for a couple of years, and Ford tended to change what colors were available each year, with Dalmatian Green only being offered in 1937.

This Cabriolet offers elegance throughout its body with an Art Deco design that reflected the movement that was sweeping the nation when this car was new. It features headlights molded into the fenders and optional deluxe fog lights beside the newly designed chrome grille and under the new-for-that-year “alligator” style hood. All the brightwork was refinished with the front and rear bumpers receiving bumper tips. The windshield also had a styling change with two front windshields, instead of one large flat piece of glass. Adding to its looks are its chrome artillery wheels, dual-mounted side mirrors, rear-mounted luggage rack and a matching tan boot cover for use when the top is down in favorable weather conditions.

The interior nicely complements the outside, as it is done in a Tan Antique finished leather with a straight grain American walnut-look dashboard. The cabin comes packed with a host of amenities that add to the driving experience, including a radio, clock, locking glove box and banjo steering wheel. The rumble seat is fitted with faux brown leather that matches the main cabin’s interior nicely. Under the newly designed hood is the restored 85-horsepower V-8 engine that has been correctly detailed. Backed by a three-speed manual transmission, this Cabriolet would make for a smooth drive down any road one might desire.

As America came out of the grips of the Great Depression, Ford was growing in popularity thanks to V-8 power and beautiful styling, which is on full display with this ’37 Cabriolet. This example would make for a great addition to any collection, showing dashing styling and the ability to keep up with modern day traffic.

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