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Lot 85
1937 Ford Club Coupe


Selling on Wednesday

From the Ron Thorne Collection

CHASSIS NO: 184124393

• Ground-up restoration
• Bright Coach Maroon with offsetting chrome artillery wheels
• Receipts documenting the restoration
• First hard top coupe with an enclosed rear seat

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

Just one look and there should be no doubt that the Lincoln Zephyr had a huge influence on the 1937 Fords. Led by Edsel Ford and head designer E.T. “Bob” Gregorie, the front end became more pointed, V-shaped windshields were introduced, the teardrop-shaped headlights were replaced by headlights integrated into the fenders, and it became the first Ford with an “alligator” hood. Under that new alligator hood came a handful of improvements. The battery was moved to the engine compartment and the V-8 now had a better cooling system by placing the water pump at the bottom and moving the water outlets to the middle of the engine block. The new engine configuration proved to be the right move, as it would remain in Ford vehicles for more than a decade.

This delightful ’37 Ford Club Coupe has been treated to a ground-up restoration performed by Art Sebesian of Massachusetts. It’s reported that Art was the original owner and kept most of the receipts during the restoration process, which are included in the sale. The body was painted a period-correct Bright Coach Maroon that sits on Firestone whitewall tires with chrome artillery wheels, all of which combine to create a classic Ford look. The front and rear bumpers are fitted with optional bumper tip guards, and mirrors have been mounted to both sides. Historically, coupes came with rumbleseats, but the 1937 Club Coupe was the first to include a rear seat. This move created space for a trunk, where the full-size whitewall spare tire is kept.

The interior is outfitted in comfortable LeBaron-Bonny cloth upholstery with matching carpet and newer floor mats in the front. The dash is covered in a smooth burled grain mahogany-like finish and houses an optional AM radio and locking glove box with integrated clock. It has a venting windshield and a window shade in the rear to cover the Ford Script glass when privacy is needed and steering is accomplished by the three-spoke banjo steering wheel.

Like all of Ron Thorne’s cars, the Flathead V-8 engine was brought back to life and is in good running condition. It has a period-correct Ford Motor Company air cleaner and Ford Script hoses attached to it. In additional to a stack of receipts documenting the restoration is a 1937 Ford Reference book. Early Fords are loved by enthusiasts of all ages due to their classy looks, easy maintenance, and powerful V-8 engines. This great looking Ford Coupe has been brought back to its former glory and ready to hit the road. Its performance is satisfying and up to the challenge of today’s highway speeds and its style has stood the test of time.

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