1938 Ford Deluxe Coupe Ford Motor Company introduced its De Luxe Ford line in 1938 as an upscale alternative to bridge the gap between its base model, (usually called Standard), and luxury Lincoln offerings. The Deluxe name was first used starting in 1930 to specify an upscale trim starting with the Model 40-B and Model 45-B, then later the De Luxe Ford line was differentiated as a separate marque within a marque with separate styling and pricing through 1940. During 1939, Ford had five lines of cars: Ford, De Luxe Ford, Mercury, Lincoln-Zephyr, and Lincoln. After the war, this was simplified to Ford, Mercury, and Lincoln. The 1941 Ford line included De Luxe and Super De Luxe trim, but these vehicles were not marketed as a separate line. As Mercury Eight sales progressed, the De Luxe approach was cancelled. For consignment, a 1938 Deluxe coupe hot rod if you will, and in tasteful form. A design so wildly popular among hot rodders, that about the only thing topping this body style is the 1939/1940 Ford coupe. This car is all metal, retains its beautiful bulbous design, running boards, and nice chrome abounding. A chopped top, and 327 cubes of Chevrolet iron, a custom interior and some snappy wheels all work to bring a breath of fresh air here in our Hallowed Halls of Classic Auto Mall. Exterior All steel, bathed in very nice Slate Teal 2 stage paint, adorned with near perfection for the chrome bumpers and brite-work, we have a rolling work of art. Very little was left unturned on this restoration, as lines are straight, gaps are really nice, and steel is straight save for a scrape on the passengers rear fender due to a run in with a garage wall. The hood has been louvered and the top has been chopped 2.5 inches to add to the aggressive look. The large teardrop shaped, sealed beam headlamp bezels flank a horizontal ribbed curved V grille that zooms rearward emulating a heart shape. A nice chromed spear works its way back on either side along the beltline of the slightly curved sides. At the gracefully curved rear of this car, we see 2 frenched in teardrop style taillights almost getting lost in the deep field of Slate Teal paint but managing to hold their own. Gleaming Cragar 390C wheels are polished up and on all 4 corners. Interior A swing of the door, and we shake hands with custom broadcloth stitched tuck and roll and smooth panels playing together with a small carpeted insert to make up the door panels. Shiny door handles and window cranks are within this field of two-tone gray broadcloth and not a mark on them. Slipping inside just beautiful tight tuck and roll stitched and piped edged broadcloth split are in the door panel 2 shades of gray. This seat is nice and wide with neatly curved backs so they offer up plenty of room all sitting within what appears to be the original seat tub. A wood rimmed banjo style steering wheel fronts the dash, which is now all custom covered in a light mahogany veneer, and highlighted across its width by Classic Instruments gauges, and LED indicator lights and a Kenwood AM/FM/Cassette player. The heater/AC controller sits bottom dead center under the dash and very nice charcoal gray carpeting floods the floor. Wonderfully comfy and ergonomically laid out for the most discriminating hot rod driver! A shout out to the trunk which is also dressed up to the nines in more 2-tone gray within its confines. Drivetrain A flip of the bulbous louvered hood, and we are met with a consignor-stated 327ci V8 power plant in chromed and polished splendor. On top of this blinged out masterpiece is a 4bbl carburetor and chromed air cleaner assembly. On the back is a 3-speed automatic Turbo Hydramatic 350 transmission and this pushes power rearward to a Ford 8 rear axle. Ultra clean and highly polished, just the way I like it. Undercarriage Very clean and totally restored, no rust here with a black painted frame and near flawless Slate Teal painted sheet metal for the flooring. Front disc brakes and rear drum brakes provide the whoa factor. A like new stainless steel exhaust system complete with headers snakes its way rearward through the structurally sound framework, and very nice undercarriage of floor pans, toe kicks and rockers...all rust free. Suspension is Mustang II style in the front and leaf spring in the rear. Drive-Ability She fired right up with a low rumble for an idle, and off to the test track where we made plenty of noise, experienced wonderful acceleration, smooth shifting transmission, and good solid handling. All functions were working fab at the time of my test drive. Take the very popular for the time design, spice it up with 2 stage Slate Teal and pepper on some chrome on the exterior, stitch a bunch of two-tone broadcloth to create a great comfy interior, new mahogany dash, and we have a real winner. And do not forget the rod mods like a louvered hood, frenched taillights, chopped top and of course the 327ci engine all blinged out to the heavens. 1938 never looked so good!