A Great Looking 1937 Ford Club Coupe

In 1937, Ford Motor offered car buyers both a 136 cubic inch V-8 and a 221 cubic inch flathead V-8. The 136 put out 60 horsepower and the 221 delivered 85 horsepower.

1937 ford club coupe

1937 Ford Club Coupe

As a side note, Ford Motor Company was the automaker who came out with the first low priced V-8 engine in 1932.

The first V-8 was introduced as far back as 1907 by the Hewitt Motor Company, but Ford's 1932 engine was meant for the masses. The new car price for Hewitt's 1907 V-8 Touring car was about $4,500.

 

1937 Mechanical and Design Changes

Other changes for the 1937 model year were that all Ford's had Vee shaped windshields. All Ford passenger cars including most of the light truck line shared a 112.0 inch wheelbase. Engines in 1937 had redesigned block, head and crankshaft.

All 1937 Ford passenger cars had all steel bodies.

As far as design, the standout  aspect of the 1937 Ford was Edsel Ford and Bob Gregorie's decision to place the headlamps into the front fenders. This changed the basic design and made this commonplace after the war.
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Dashboard on the 37 Ford Club Coupe

The automobile featured in this article is a finely restored 1937 Ford Club Coupe. Ford produced 16,900 of these models and they are American classics. The cars are considered rare today. Total Ford passenger car production for 1937 was 921,000 vehicles. The rarest Ford from that production year would likely be the Ford Roadster Convertible with only 1,250 vehicles built.

In 1937 Ford offered Standard and Deluxe models. All Ford Club Coupes were Deluxe models. The car's base price new in 1937 was just above $700.

The Club Coupe

A bit of an explanation of what is a Coupe and what is a Club Coupe is found below.

The very first "coupe" was not even an automobile. It was a French horse carriage. The word "coupe" is from the French language word "coupe" and translates to "cut". In automobile terms the word coupe means a car that is any two door that is smaller than a sedan. If the car line does not include a sedan model then the two door model is a coupe and cannot be a two door sedan. Club Coupes are also known to be sportier than the normal coupe with it's less overall weight and less weight on top.

The "Club Coupe" can be described as a two-door with two rows of seating and a trunk, smaller than a sedan in the same lineup, generally having a fixed B-pillar, and a rear seat farther forward than in a comparable sedan. This model can also be referred to as a "Close-Coupled Coupe.

The 1938 Fords looked pretty much the same as the 37 models. The 38 Deluxe models had a heart shaped grille whereas the other models used the 37 grille. A recession took place in 1938 which hurt Ford sales and it may have been made a bit worse since the 38's were essentially 37's.

1937 Ford Club Coupe Specifications

As mentioned above, Ford offered two sizes of V-8's in 1937. The 136 cubic inch V-8 and a 221 cubic inch flathead V-8. The 136 put out 60 horsepower and the 221 delivered 85 horsepower.

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View of the grille and recessed head lights on the 37 Ford Coupe

Transmission was a three speed manual shifted from the floor.

The 37 Ford still had mechanical brakes when a lot of other automakers offered hydraulic. The brakes were operated with cables instead of rods like they had been through 1936. Henry Ford gained a reputation as being very slow in adopting new technology. During this period and leading up to World War Two, technology at Ford wad adopted primarily from the urging of Edsel Ford.

The car's wheelbase was 112.0 inches. Curb weight was 2,616 lbs.

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Rear view of the 1937 Ford Club Coupe

1937 Ford Club Coupe Collector Car

Many Ford V-8's of the 1930's have bee modified to street rods. A bit more with the 1932 to 1936 models as opposed to the 37's. With that being said, original Ford Club Coupes from 1937 are rare finds. All restored Fords from the 1932 to 1937 period are highly collectible.

Meticulously restored highly original examples have firm price tags. As of this writing, we see a 1937 Ford Two-Door Sedan with an asking price of $45,000. A 1937 Ford Coupe at $47,000. A 1937 Ford Convertible at $35,000. A 37 Ford Club Coupe at $45,000. A 1937 Ford Cabriolet Convertible at $73,000.

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1940 Buick Special Two Door Sport Coupe Beauty

The 1940 Buick Special Two Door Sport Coupe is a fine addition to any automobile collection.The custom Buick Coupe featured in this article is a beauty with it's two tone paint scheme, creative designed front grille area, rear fender skirts and ground hugging body.

IMG_5913Buick began in 1903 when David Dunbar Buick started the Buick Motor Company in Detroit, Michigan.. Later that same year the company was acquired by James Whiting who moved the Buick operation to Flint . Whiting hired William C. Durant to manage his new auto company.

The Buick badge was considered by many to be the first real automobile success. In fact, at that time it was the largest automaker in America. Durant, with the success of Buick, went on and acquired more companies and in 1908 gave them the name General Motors.

The 1911 Buick was the first built as a completely enclosed American automobile. Buick beat Ford to this milestone achievement.

The 1940 Buick

During the 1930's Buick was an innovative automaker. Their 1939 models had the first turn signals. Also, steering column shift levers were on all 1939 models.

Total 1940 Buick production was 310,995 units. Buick Special production totals that year was 122,974.

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Front end of the 40 Buick Sports Coupe

1940 Buick Models

There were six model groups in all for 1940. These included the Series 40 Special, the Series 50 Super, the 60 Century, the 70 Roadmaster, the 80 Limited and the 90 Limited.

The Roadmaster was the top of the line luxury model with the 90 Series vehicles often serving as limousines.

The Buick "Special" was the lines entry level model. It's wheelbase was changed several times between 1936 and 1940. It was lengthened, shortened and then lengthened again for 1940.

Another interesting note is that Buick built a wooden body station wagon in 1940 which the company referred to as an "Estate" model. The "Estate" badge was used instead of "Station Wagon". The Estate was offered on the 1940 Super line.

It was one year later with the 1941 models that Buick offered the most complete line up with some 26 different body styles on six model lines. This was quite a big year for Buick because 1942 was a different matter altogether with civilian auto manufacturing suspended in February 1942 because of America's entrance into World War Two.

1940 Buick Sport Coupe Specifications

The 1940 Buick Special came out with a 248 cubic inch inline eight producing 107 horsepower. Original carburetors were either Carter or Stromberg.

Transmission was a three speed manual.

Brakes on the 1940 Buick Sports Coupe were four wheel internal expanding hydraulic.

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1940 Buick Sports Coupe dashboard

The five passenger Buick Sports Coupe had a wheelbase of 121.0 inches and was 72.0 inches wide. The overall length came in at 203 15/16th inches.

Front suspension were independent coil springs and the rear were coil springs.

The new car price for the 1940 Buick Special Sport Coupe averaged about $1,000.

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Buick Sports Coupe

The 1940 Buick Special Sports Coupe Collector Car

All Buick automobiles from these pre World War Two years are highly collectible. The 1940 Buick in particular was one of the major reasons that GM decided to end LaSalle production that year.

While LaSalle was produced by the Cadillac Division, it was the Buick that essentially turned into a LaSalle thus making the LaSalle expendable.

An interesting note for Buick collectors is a list of the top ten collectible Buick's put together by Buick and Haggerty. The list is as follows....

  • 2012 Buick Regal GS
  • 1932 Model 90 sport phaeton
  • 1937 66C Century convertible coupe
  • 1940 Super Model 59 Woody Estate Wagon
  • 1947 Roadmaster Woody Wagon
  • 1949 Roadmaster Convertible
  • 1953 Skylark
  • 1963 Riviera
  • 1970 GSX Stage 1 Hardtop Coupe
  • 1987 GNX

1940 Buick automobiles for sale as of this writing are priced in a range from about $20,000 to $50,000 plus. These are all running vehicles in a wide range of restorations and asking prices will certainly depend on the exact model. There are also non running project vehicles in various conditions priced under $10,000.

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1936 Hudson Deluxe Eight

 

The 1936 Hudson Deluxe Eight Business Coupe featured in this article is a prized collector's car.

1936 Hudson Eight

1936 Hudson Eight

The Hudson Motor Car Company

In the case of the Hudson Motor Car Company, the firm began operating in 1909. The company was founded by Howard Coffin, George W. Dunham, and Roy E. Chapin although the start up money essentially came from Detroit Michigan department store magnate Joseph L. Hudson. Hudson's was a major Detroit retailer up until it's merger into Dayton-Hudson. In a way it was Joseph Hudson who founded the company.

In 1919 the Hudson Motor Car Company introduced the Essex brand cars. This was an effort to compete in price with Ford and Chevrolet. Essex started to be phased out during the early 1930's to be replaced by the Terraplane brand. The relatively inexpensive Terraplane models were produced through 1939.

1936 Hudson Deluxe Eight

1936 Hudson Deluxe Eight

The Great Depression was not kind to Hudson. Although the company brought out an eight cylinder engine in 1932, sales remained weak. Even though sales were struggling, Hudson did introduce some significant engineering changes in the 1936 model year. One was with the front suspension comprised of two steel bars as well as leaf springs to suspend the front axle. The bottom line was a smoother ride and the ability to use longer leaf springs.

Whenever you look at vintage automobiles from the mid 1930's there usually are some interesting stories to go along with them. The 1930's was a time of change for the auto industry. The nation was in the throes of the Great Depression and automakers in general were struggling.

1936 Hudson

1936 Hudson

Big Design Changes in the 1930's

Changes started happening with Hudson's eight cylinder automobiles as far back as 1934 when the company produced a series of these models. By 1935 the Hudson eight cylinder's were even introduced with an all steel bodies and had larger wheelbases. Wheelbases ranged from 120 to 129 inches. These longer wheelbases were produced right through 1938. The 1936 Deluxe Eight Hudson's were built with all new styling so the year was a milestone for the company.

Engines in 1936 delivered between 95 and 124 horsepower. The cars also had column mounted gear shift levers. The inside of the Hudsons were larger than most cars and the column mounted gear shift added even more space.

Hudson Deluxe Eight

Hudson Deluxe Eight

Hudson Merger

The Hudson Motor Car Company operated from 1909 to 1954. Hudson was one of the survivors of the Great Depression. In 1954 the company merged with Nash-Kelvinator which was the framework for the new American Motors. After the 1957 model year the name Hudson was dropped. Overall, the Hudson brand had a successful forty-eight year run.

Hudson's Progressive Engineering

Hudson automobiles were known for quality and for introducing a lot of firsts. The firsts included the steering wheel being placed on the left side of the vehicle with hand controls in the center. Dual brakes were yet another first as well as the first balanced crankshaft used in their straight six engine. The balanced crank shaft meant much smoother idling. As mentioned above, the Hudson Motor Car Company had yet another first with the all steel body brought out on select models in 1935.

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1936 Hudson Eight Coupe

1936 Hudson Eight Coupe

1936 Hudson Deluxe Eight Specifications

The 1936 Hudson Deluxe Eight model came with an Inline Eight 254.5 cid engine delivering on average about 120 horsepower.

Wheelbase was 120.0 inches with some models up to 127.0 inches and average vehicle weight about 3,000 lbs.

Brakes were four wheel internal hydraulic and the car was powered with rear wheel drive.

New car prices were in a range from about $900 to $1,300.

Collectors Values

An excellently restored 1936 Hudson Deluxe Eight is a rare find. A reported auction sales price for a 1936 Convertible Coupe was north of $180,000. A 1935 Hudson Terraplane four door, the lower priced Hudson at the time, could see a price above $40,000. Restored Huidson's in general sell for strong prices. The final sales prices of course are influenced a lot by degree of restoration just as with any vintage automobile.

As of this writing, two excellent venues to view the 1936 Hudson Eight are the Harrah's Automobile Museum in Reno Nevada and the Unser Racing Museum in Albuquerque New Mexico.

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