Its vibrant exterior presents a different take on a niche that's so often about patina and surface blemishes, but the reassuringly strong running, ready for action drivetrain this 1937 Chevrolet Pickup Rat Rod features is very much in keeping with how its kind got started in the first place. At a time when hot rods were being configured more for show than go, rat rods sprang up to combine their visual drama with real world drivability and that's what this Chevy is all about.
The niche itself conjures up visions of caravans of post-apocalyptic cruisers rumbling over the horizon as all attention focuses their way and while this '37 will definitely turn heads wherever it goes, its sunny orange and yellow is a welcome departure from the norm. This is a bona fide show participant we have in our midst, and its magnetic presence has served it well. Its two-tone paint scheme has held up nicely and still has a deep, consistent shine and the featured open engine compartment puts the powerplant on full display. The vintage housing surrounding the front grille is visually steeped in tradition, and it blends with the skillfully executed modifications rat rods have come to be known for. The headers reaching out from the engine come to an attention getting stop before they reach the cab, the extra broad front axle positions the nose of this street rod nice and low and the rodent perched on the air cleaner provides a clever call out to this singular automotive classification.
A plushly padded cloth bench seat is at the middle of the cockpit, representing another break from tradition. Rat rods are rarely thought of in terms of the comfort they provide, but the seating here is well-suited to even long excursions - the excellent driving condition of this classic makes such trips a definite option. A pair of skeleton-emblazoned floor mats punctuate the carpet below, combining with the matching emblem on the glove box door for another reference to this Chevy's heritage. The authentic-looking steering wheel has a suitably industrial vibe to it, while the dash area beyond it hosts a collection of clear, functional gauges, and a pair of speakers mounted in the kick panels bring audio from the headliner-mounted AM/FM/CD player into the cabin. Raise the diamond plated cover that sits over the bed area and you'll see that the forward placement of the gas tank creates a nice amount of storage space and the entire area is very solid.
The 305 cubic inch V8 holding court up front provides plenty of dependable power to propel this vintage Chevy with enthusiasm. Armed with a 4-barrel carburetor and an upgraded ignition system to maximize available spark, the engine sends a deep, rumbling tone out through its dual exhaust and is running in top form - there'll be no worries about taking to the highway in this high impact cruiser as soon as you bring it home. The featured open engine compartment puts the 305 in full view, and it doesn't disappoint - there's quite an assortment of chrome components on board to up its visual appeal as it pairs with a smooth shifting 3-speed automatic TH350 transmission to provide a pleasing driving experience. Front disc brakes add fade resistant stopping power as this stare inducing Chevy patrols the boulevard on a set of 15” wheels that position sizable 295s in back for outstanding asphalt gripping ability.
This 1937 Chevrolet Pickup Rat Rod is an inspired interpretation of its segment, and its super strong running condition is a huge plus. Call today!