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Old 10-25-2012, 10:59 AM   #1
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Default Five Underrated Orphans from the 1930s



When you think of milestone cars of the '30s, it's mainly Fords that probably come to mind. Pretty much every single one of Henry's cars from 1929-1939 are the basis for the majority of hot rods and early customs we see. Why? Well, it's been discusse...

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Old 10-25-2012, 11:09 AM   #2
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"the new Nash, the car everybody likes" that's got to be the best advertising blurb I've ever heard. Bet we'll never hear that one agian

to me there are very few cars form the 30's that are not extremely cool looking.

I have to disagree with your thoughts on the parrallel leaves on the early Mopar. seems every 30's HOT ROD I see that came with parralllel leaves has a Ford buggy spring up front. this change always bugs me.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:23 AM   #3
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I bought a 39 Nash LaFayette, my stepson wanted it so bad he begged so much for it I had to sell it to him. Nice lines and I love the grill and peaked trunk and bumper.
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Good choices.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:55 AM   #5
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I've always been a fan of a '37 Dodge ever since seeing Neal Emory's....

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Old 10-25-2012, 12:00 PM   #6
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This "orphan" gives me wood.

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Old 10-25-2012, 12:13 PM   #7
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Yikes, that beautiful black example car, "that everybody likes" may be my all time dream car. Sleek and very handsome. Thanx for all the examples ~sololobo~
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I have to disagree with your thoughts on the parrallel leaves on the early Mopar. seems every 30's HOT ROD I see that came with parralllel leaves has a Ford buggy spring up front. this change always bugs me.
I only say to ditch the twin leaf frontend *if* your going fenderless. The ugly frame horns stick out about a foot infront of the radiator if you don't... Not pretty.
PB's look way nicer full fendered anyway.
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:25 PM   #9
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Interesting thread, with very good choices so far.
I would add that, in addition to the Hollywood, Graham made some other cool-ass cars in the 30s.
Besides the Airstream, DeSoto had some other good ones, too.
Maybe their rarity precludes them from being likely rod material?
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:15 PM   #10
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I'm glad this post came up. I was at the Fall 2012 Hershey AACA meet and found this Nash in the car show on Saturday. I didn't get to talk to the owner but heard him say that this was one of seven. I thought it was interesting how later customs took on a lot of its styling cues.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:25 PM   #11
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Your choices are fine and the candidates are many.

Not only because I own one of the following "orphan" cars but because every street rodder that sees this or one like it starts drooling and I have to keep the detail spray handy.

I seriously think you have overlooked all of the 1934, 1935 (same body these years) Hudsons and Terraplanes.

Submitting three pics of my '34 Terraplane convertible coupe. It is just finishing receiving a new convertible top so not shown in these pics.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:34 PM   #12
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I have to disagree with your thoughts on the parrallel leaves on the early Mopar. seems every 30's HOT ROD I see that came with parralllel leaves has a Ford buggy spring up front. this change always bugs me.
Agreed. The parallel leaf setup was popular on early hot rods & lakes modifieds;











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Old 10-25-2012, 02:39 PM   #13
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2nd on my bucket list is a 34-37 Hupmobile coupe. The short top is a bit much for some guys but I love 'em.
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:03 PM   #14
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It fun when you show up in a orphan car and people don't know what it is and will not ask just keep looking for a name on the car.
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:42 PM   #15
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Bomber, all of these vehicles are great choices and I'm sure there are many more that are rarely seen, especially now-a-days. Back in the 70's I subscribed to "Classic Cars" magazine even though I was not really interested in restorations as such. It presented interesting and some little known makes for both their style and history. Being the artistic soul that am, I imagined them with big v-8's, lowered or raked with big and littles and otherwise 'tastefully' modified. I don't believe they included many Fords, Chevys, etc. unless they were of the rare variety. Think outside the box, it could be both fun and interesting. Cat
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:51 PM   #16
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I've always been a fan of a '37 Dodge ever since seeing Neal Emory's....

I'm with ya there JJ!
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:12 PM   #17
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I'm a big fan of the American Underslung personally. Beautiful cars, notice the leaf springs on top of the frame.
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:18 PM   #18
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Cue the guy who chimes in to say that none of the above examples "is suitable for a traditional hot rod"

Really though, great examples, and that Nash is a work of art. It looks like it could have been penned by one of the great period customizers we all adore so much, and it's factory bone stock.

I always thought the '39 Buick coupe was a particularly pretty car as well, and also under-appreciated.
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:18 PM   #19
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I submit the 810 & 812 Cords from '36 & '37 as my choice.
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:19 PM   #20
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I'm glad this post came up. I was at the Fall 2012 Hershey AACA meet and found this Nash in the car show on Saturday. I didn't get to talk to the owner but heard him say that this was one of seven. I thought it was interesting how later customs took on a lot of its styling cues.

Yup, dig these 'factory customs'. Word is, those that did not sell were returned to stock.


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