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Lot 72
1937 Ford Coupe


Selling on Wednesday

From the Ron Thorne Collection

CHASSIS NO: 54214072

• Rare; All-original car
• Ford Preservation Award winner
• Early Ford V-8 Club Rouge Award winner

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 line of cars saw a major change in 1937 with the introduction of a 136-cubic-inch V-8 engine that was sold alongside the already proven 221-cubic-inch V-8. The models were offered at a lower cost and Ford thought it might entice some customers that wanted the look of the early V-8 Fords but not the cost and power. The move was not as successful as Ford had planned, and the 221 cid engine still dominated, which made sense considering its proven record and universally loved look and feel. Henry Ford’s Flathead V-8 was desirable when it was first shown to the public in 1932 and only got better as the years went on.

Rarely seen today, this all original 1937 Ford Coupe has been carefully preserved and still wears its original black paint with pride. This coupe was sold new at Boyd H. Gibbons Ford dealership in the beautiful state of Michigan, and eventually made its way into Ron Thorne’s collection in the 1990s. It sits on black chrome artillery wheels with V-8 logo hubcaps. The split windshield is surrounded by chrome trim and features a single windshield wiper on the driver’s side. It has dual dealer-installed sideview mirrors and dual taillights. The original Ford Script safety glass can be seen in all windows, including the front raked and venting windshield.

This coupe features a classic burled grain mahogany-like dashboard that has an optional radio and clock mounted in the glovebox door. The upholstery presents in a comfortable beige cloth material that was used throughout the entirety of the cabin. Even with its age, it still shows very well. Other interior options include a deluxe banjo steering wheel and new brown rubber floor mat that covers the entire cabin floor.

The historic Flathead V-8 engine has been mechanically sorted leaving it in running condition and features period correct parts, with the exception of a modern battery. It is backed by a three-speed manual transmission with floor mounted shifter, that glides through the gears with little effort.

Confirming its originality and authenticity, it racked up multiple prestigious Ford awards. It won an Early Ford V-8 Club Preservation Award and a Rouge Award at the Western National Meet in California. Accompanying the purchase of this vehicle is a full-size period-correct spare tire and 1937 Ford reference book.

Many 1937 Fords today are either fully restored, not in running condition, or chopped and hot-rodded. Still retaining its original parts and in running condition with nice patina shown throughout, this original Ford presents itself as a rare opportunity to acquire an old-school V-8 Ford that is ready to cruise into town and show off its rich history and originality at car events and shows.

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