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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder January 27th – 31st, 2016 at Russo and Steele’s 16th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction. Please contact us for more information.
While Henry Ford might not have concerned himself with styling, his talented son Edsel deeply understood its growing importance to the Ford Motor Company’s continued success. Responsible for the renewal of Lincoln and heavily involved in the successful designs of the Model A and later V-8 models, Edsel worked side-by-side with E.T. “Bob” Gregorie, Ford’s very first head of design. The pair’s inspired stylistic influence was never more apparent than in the streamlined Ford line for 1937; indeed, many of the advanced cues introduced on the sleek 1936 Lincoln-Zephyr now appeared on the regular Ford models, providing a thoroughly fresh and modern look. Post-war, the sleek Fords of the late 1930s became an affordable and popular choice for early hot-rodders and drag racers during the 1950s and 1960s. Sadly, however, few survive today.
This full-on custom ’37 Ford coupe is a cool period style hot rod with select modern upgrades for enhanced drivability, performance, and reliability. Power is delivered by a custom-built 1948 “A-block” Mercury Flathead V-8 with a shaved color-matching block stuffed with an Isky cam and equipped with Motor City aluminum heads, Cornhusker billet water pump/timing cover, billet pulleys, and a trio of Stromberg 97 two-barrel carbs. Other performance features include MSD 100k volt ignition, Fenton chrome headers, and a Beehive billet oil filter. A C-4 automatic transmission with stall converter handles the power. Mechanical updates include a chrome exhaust system mounted within the frame, chrome/billet suspension components, Mustang II rack-and-pinion steering, coil-overs, front disc brakes, chrome rear drum brakes, a Currie 3.73:1 8-inch rear end, and a polished stainless fuel cell.
The all-steel body features a number of great tweaks including a flip-down electric license plate, smooth steel running boards, a shaved and louvered hood with custom chrome pullout hinge system, recessed ’39 taillights, a polished billet grille, and Brizio aluminum ribbed and plated bumpers and brackets. Interior accommodations include tinted power windows, a suede headliner, custom distressed cowhide leather upholstery, Dakota digital gauges, Vintage Air, a Billet tilt column and wheel, and a Lokar vintage shifter. Comfort is further enhanced with the body insulated using Dynamat and lizard skin. The rich PPG Black Cherry paint finish and a set of Halibrand polished wheels with knock-offs finish it off.