Collectible Classic: 1937 Terraplane Series 71 Deluxe

A. J. Mueller

THE SPECS
Engine: 3.5L flathead I-6, 96-112 hp
Transmission: 3-speed manual
Drive: Rear-wheel
Suspension, front: Rigid axle, leaf springs
Suspension, rear: Live axle, leaf springs
Brakes: Drums
Weight: 2715 lb

THE INFO
Year produced
1937
Number produced
83,436 including coupes, convertibles, and sedans. Coupes are quite rare.
Original price
$605 (coupe)
Value today
$5000-$15,000
Why buy?
From a philosophical standpoint, it's the Subaru Impreza WRX of the 1930s. Price may have sealed the deal, but it was the performance that made people want a Terraplane. For their age and simplicity, Terraplanes exhibit a sprightly attitude capable of entertaining. We like the '37 model for its wraparound vee grille (1936 models were similar but had a two-inch-shorter wheelbase and a wider grille). And in contrast with the abundant Fords and Chevys of the same era, the Terraplane is a rare piece of automotive hardware and history.

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