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From The Ron Thorne Collection

1938 Ford DeLuxe Club Coupe

  • Striking black color scheme
  • AACA Senior Grand National winner
  • Desirable spider wheels with chrome hubcaps and trim rings
  • Ready for instant enjoyment on the road

VIN: 184543285

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Ford entered 1938 with a totally restyled car line and marketing concept that would be carried through until the advent of WWII. Rather than having DeLuxe and Standard models that varied only in trim level, Ford now made these two distinct car lines with different sheet metal for each. The Standard models came with the previous year's metal, while the new DeLuxe models had all-new designed metal. Along with that, 1938 saw a new front-end styling that featured a pointy, yacht-like nose with a teardrop feature in the grille. This, of course, came from the mind of Edsel Ford and his Chief Designer, Bob Gregorie. With a sleek and rounded body with integrated headlights, a prominent grille, and a more refined overall appearance compared to its predecessors, the '38 Ford set a new standard for quality in the low-price car market and became an instant classic.

Acquired from a collector in Harvard, Illinois, Ron Thorne would take ownership of this 1938 Ford Club Coupe in the mid-2000s, and it would remain in his collection for close to 17 years. A recipient of an older restoration, it would become a familiar face at AACA events throughout the '90s as it would garner its Senior National First Prize award and Senior Grand National winner badge, which both accompany the car today. Displaying a menacing appearance, this V-8 Club Coupe is robed in classic black paint, with spider wheels wrapped in blackwall tires and complementing chrome trim pieces throughout. Mechanically sound, as the 85-horsepower V-8 engine and three-speed manual transmission have both been gone through and were well-maintained under Mr. Thorne's care.

The interior is lined in comfortable tan cloth upholstery and this being a DeLuxe model, the dash is finished in a rich faux walnut woodgrain as opposed to the mahogany paneling the standard models received. The interior is graced with a banjo steering wheel, upgraded turn signals, a glovebox-mounted clock, and a radio.

Accompanying this early V-8 Ford is a spare tire, jack, tool kit with some Ford tools, and a 1938 Ford reference book. Like all the cars offered from The Ron Thorne Collection, this 1938 Ford DeLuxe Club Coupe has been correctly restored and mechanically sorted and awaits to be enjoyed on the open road by its next lucky caretaker.

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