1937 Ford Model 78 2 Dr V8 Cabriolet

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Type: Used
Year: 1937
Make: Ford
Model: Model 78 2 Dr V8 Cabriolet
Body: 2 Door Cabriolet
Engine Size: Flathead V8
Trans: 3 spd Manual
Mileage: 63009
VIN: 183879378
Stock: 79378
Ext Color: Blue
Int Color: Beige/Tan

West Coast Classics are proud to present a very rare and beautiful older restoration example of a climate controlled facility since being restored all original 1937 Henry Ford steel 2 door 85HP V8 Deluxe Cabriolet with original wood grained dash & cabriolet roll up windows. Flathead V8 with 85HP. Very desirable and correct example which was recently acquired from a private collection.

A beautiful restoration in wonderful colors of classic 'Washington Blue' over an absolutely beautiful Tan leather interior. Numerous correct finishes throughout with many factory and period accessories. A rare body style at its very finest.

By 1934, Ford blanketed much of the automobile market, offering a wide range of no fewer than 12 distinct models to the buying public. Available models ranged from basic coupes, roadsters, and two-door sedans to more luxurious and well-appointed cabriolets, convertible sedans, and four-door sedans. Most importantly, Ford put high-quality automobiles within reach of ordinary Americans with low prices and rock-solid reliability.

While some buyers might have only been able to afford a basic four-cylinder, two-door coupe priced from $465, the handsome $590 V-8 cabriolet was one of the upscale models that brought them into Ford showrooms. Equipped with roll-up windows and a snug cloth top, the cabriolet combined comfortable and complete appointments with the performance benefits of Fords steadily refined 85-hp V-8 engine and sturdy yet lightweight construction.

By 1936 Fords received a handsome facelift that included a graceful V shaped grille with vertical bars with the horns now hidden behind front fender mounted grilles. Wire spokes were replaced across the line by new 'artillery style' wheels but the sole powerplant remained the 221 cubic inch 85 horsepower flathead V8. 

By 1937, as per the industry trend, the Fords became even more streamlined with the headlamps incorporated into the front fender aprons and the prominently V grille was stretched and sloped backwards. Fenders were curvier and more streamlined also. A smaller displacement V8 rated at 60HP was now offered on all but the DeLuxe models, aimed at buyers looking for a standard size car that was cheaper to run although these engines proved to be underpowered compared to the DeLuxe's 85.

The 1937 V8 85HP DeLuxe cabriolet offered here is beautifully presented in probably the most striking of color combinations; 'Washington Blue' with a stunning Tan leather interior in the correct pattern, exceptional wood-grained trim (including the dashboard and window turns), and proper Ford script glass in the side windows and back window. The bodywork is impressively straight, with fresh welting and rubber seats, and the brightwork, including both chrome and stainless, is very attractive. Its engine bay has an excellent, stock appearance, with an original air cleaner and generator, factory manifolds and exhaust, and proper detailing down to the correct hose clamps. Desirable accessories fitted included a jewel cigar lighter, rear-view mirror, original Ford clock, chrome bumper guards, as well as matching 'Washington Blue' stock V8 hub caps with trim rings.

This rust free 1937 Ford Deluxe Cabriolet is equipped with full-length running boards on each side, the side hood panels are vented, and the front and rear bumpers, headlight rings, sideview mirrors, and door handles are chrome-finished and whitewall tires are mounted on all four corners

This original all-steel 1937 Ford Deluxe Cabriolet is powered by a rebuilt 221ci Flathead V8 85 paired with a floor mounted 3-speed manual transmission. A very fine example that will please even the most devout Ford enthusiast, this is among the nicest 1937 Ford cabriolets available, with an impressive, correct look that makes it a standout even among the rarefied few.

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