More Marvels In 1937 Cars (Jan, 1937)

More Marvels In 1937 Cars

Lincoln’s first Zephyr type coupe has striking lines modifying the air-stream upper body of last year’s six-passenger cars. The coupe’s single seat is amply wide for three passengers.

Resembling the latest planes, France’s Peugot, above, attracted wide attention at the Paris show; also featuring an aerodynamic design was Italy’s Bugatti, right.

The new Ford, with its front like the rakish prow of a boat, and “tear drop” headlights set into streamlined fender aprons, makes it bow. The hood is hinged at the back, lifts from the front.

Britain is still going in for midget autos, and latest is the “Scoota-car Special,” which has a top speed of 45 m. p. h. and can get 80 miles on a gallon.

1 comment
  1. nlpnt says: October 18, 20076:19 pm

    That Peugeot wasn’t a production model (I wonder how they planned to seal those frameless windows).

    The teardrop headlights had spread from Ford to Chrysler products by 1939, and then….

    Nothing. Sealed beams (the whole hadlight being basically one big bulb) came in for 1940 and were quickly mandated on post-1940 cars by many states, leading to total uniformity of headlights on American cars until the mid-80s (quad round ones appeared starting in 1957 and universally on ’58s, quad squares in the mid ’70s and single square sealed beams were the last variations to appear, for the 1978 model year.

    Composite headlights (permanent lens, permanent reflector, replaceable bulb) were officially allowed by Federal law beginning with 1984 models, although it took a few years to completely replace sealed beams, which are still used on base-model commercial trucks due to low field-replacement costs.

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