1937 Nash Lafayette
Sedan Car for sale by Diversion Motors in Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54220
From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
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1937 Nash Lafayette $9,250
Here is an original 1937 Nash Lafayette 400 that represents a car getting harder and harder to find. This big 2-door sedan was in the same Wisconsin family from 1939 until 2002. During those 63 years it went from father to son to grandson, always residing within a 10-mile radius.
This is a good solid car with thousands spent on recent restoration work. The original 235ci straight-six engine has been completely rebuilt, which is neither cheap nor easy as some parts are difficult to find. The cylinders were bored +0.020” while the engine received new bearings and pistons. It also received a new camshaft, water pump, fuel pump, and rebuilt carburetor. There is also a new clutch. The brakes are all new with stainless steel components throughout. The wheels were reconditioned and received new radial tires. The transmission works and has the fairly rare overdrive feature, though it is noisy and should be rebuilt.
The car appears to have mostly original paint. The underside is very solid as are most of the body panels. There have been some sheetmetal repairs to the left front fender and rear quarter due to damage during storage. The grille has some local damage as well. All other components are present and in fair condition, including the trunk emblem.
The interior is all original. I think the pictures tell the story here. The front seat has been rebuilt to address some spring issues. There is an aftermarket temperature gauge under the dash, which was installed when the motor was rebuilt. All other gauges work properly. The horn, wipers, and heater fan do not function.
This car is a complete example that runs and drives, has a clean title, and includes a variety of spare parts. It does have a variety of age-related issues with some leaks, electrical items, and other wear-and-tear you would expect from an original 80-year-old car. Still the money already spent will give you a jump-start to completing this project
1937 Nash Lafayette Specifications
Classic Car ID100942539
Trim Body Style
Custom Exterior ColorN/A
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