1937 Ford Model 78 Deluxe Phaeton
Chassis no. 3483357
221cu flathead V8 engine
85bhp at 3,600rpm
3-speed manual transmission
Solid front axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs and live rear axle with transverse leaf springs
4-wheel drum brakes
*Fresh from 50 years of dry storage
*Very clean and complete
*The most expensive model Ford offered in 1937
The Model 78
The 1937 Fords made significant design changes, most importantly the teardrop-shaped covered headlights recessed into the catwalks between the front fenders and the revised sharp vee-shaped grille with horizontal elements. All the Fords now had "trunk" backs and stored their spare tires inside the bodywork. The hood now opened alligator-style from the front, and the windshield was a two-panel vee-shaped assembly with notable rake.
Under the hood the now well-proven and refined Ford V-8 had one notable change. Instead of pulling hot water out of the top of the engine from the cylinder heads the flow reversed and the water pumps pulled cold water out of the radiator and forced it into the cylinder block. It was the final substantial change in the layout and function of the flathead V-8 that would continue in service until well into the Fifties.
The Motorcar Offered
The era of the Convertible Sedan was rapidly drawing to a close in 1937 as coachwork construction methods, materials and machinery made it easier and more cost-effective to build all-steel, enclosed bodies. Yet the appeal of the open four-seat, four-door automobile was apparent in Ford's continuation of the Convertible Sedan in its catalog where it was it's most expensive model that year selling 4,327 examples.
This car has been recently discovered after half a century of dry storage. Completely original save for floors in the front, which were recently replaced and painted flat black, the car extraordinarily complete. A fantastic starting point for a restoration, the engine turns freely and the body work shows well. These cars are highly sought after today as fun and usable machine that are equally at home on long distance tour or a trip to the park.
- Please note that, due to PA law this title will need to be processed through the PA Department of Transportation and therefore may require up to 14 days for receipt.