Sometimes it’s difficult to grasp the concept of time. A viral meme circulated recently that called attention to the fact that the length of time between the years 1980 and 2023 is the same as the length of time between 1937 and 1980. Let that sink in for a minute.
The Pick of the Day is a 1937 Ford Deluxe listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Click the link to view the listing)
With the year 1937 on the mind, and after unsuccessfully wrapping my head around that commentary about what 40 years of evolution looks like, I found this neat “Humpback” two-door listed online.
The listing describes the condition by saying, “Professional quality exterior paint. Very well-maintained and stored indoors. Beautiful wheels and tires that accent the curves of this amazing car.”
For model year 1937, Ford automobile designers started with the outgoing Model 48 and changed a few exterior features by making the grille more V-shaped and by fairing-in the headlights into the front fenders. Body styles were offered in many variations include a coupe, a convertible, a pickup, a station wagon, and more. The exterior on this nicely-restored ’37 shows a split windshield, chrome sideview mirrors, 15-inch “smoothie” chrome wheels on wide whitewall tires, dual exhaust outlets, and a lowered stance. The seller states that the brightwork is in like-new condition.
Under the hood, power comes from a well-maintained 221cid Flathead V8 coupled with a rebuilt T5 four-speed manual transmission. The seller provides a list of performance upgrades that have been added, including Edelbrock heads, an Offenhauser aluminum intake manifold, and dual Stromberg carburetors. Recent maintenance included a tune-up, a carburetor rebuild, and replacement of the spark plug wires, so this car should be ready to get in and go.
The interior looks as nice as the rest of the car. The reportedly original front and rear bench seats have been reupholstered in tan cloth to complement the exterior, and the cabin is dressed with newer carpeting, a pinstriped dash, a banjo-style steering wheel, and a functional clock.
“Showroom condition. Runs ad drives great,” the listing concludes.
It is hard to believe how much automotive development took place between 1937 and 1980, and then again between 1980 and 2023. It makes me wonder what we’ll be driving in 2066 when that meme goes viral again. The seller is asking $42,500 for this Deluxe.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.