The Frank Salley ’37?

The Frank Salley ’37?

Way back in August of 2010, I posted about a mysteriously strange 1937 Ford coupe with the most awkward of chops. The photo in question came packaged with a batch of historically significant shots from Bob Roddick and with no explanation. So I posted it hoping to find some more information, but none was really gained as no one had seen the car before.

It’s been almost a decade since that meager little post and this morning, I finally got some insight. Check it out:

Ryan, I am wondering if you found any more information about the 1937 Ford coupe you posted in 2010? The driver was my grandfather. I have a lot of pictures from his youth and have heard lots of stories about his cars (even have photos of some of them), but I don’t have any images of his 1937 Ford.

He did tell me that he took the car to Bonneville in 1948, but was unable to run it as it didn’t meet the rules of the event in some way. I believe that is where that photo was taken. It had a flathead motor and a Cadillac transmission.

His name was Frank Salley and he was a great guy. Thanks so much and I hope to hear from you soon.

– Jerry Leigh

Well Jerry, you just gave me more information than I’ve been able to gather in the past decade. So, I’m afraid I have no more to add to the story. Thanks so much for your email though… It’s things like this that start to fill the gaps and maybe one day we can finish the story.

Anyone out there have any further images of Frank’s ’37? If so, we’d love to see them. There were rumors that the car was pictured in a Drake book, but they seem to be unsubstantiated at this point – I’ve found none.

Shake the bushes boys!

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