Images by Bruce Caldwell and Jerry Heasley.
The 1937/1938 Chevy coupes entered the street rodding arena the way many cars did – via the dragstrip. The relatively compact Chevy coupes were popular as gassers, although nowhere near as popular as 1933-1942 Willys coupes and the Brits (Anglias, Prefects, and Austins).
A second wave of popularity and a more direct connection for street rodders was when the fat fendered rods (cars from the mid-thirties to late-forties) took off. The availability of independent front suspension kits helped all fat fendered street rods, and especially Chevys.
The jacked-up nose drag racing look still has its fans, but the prevailing style is low to the ground. Coupe bodies are the most popular, but the slick 2-door sedans are also good. Most of the sedans have a small “bustle” trunk, but some trunkless bodies were also built. These “flat back” models are quite desirable.
Chevy engines are the default engine for all street rods, and they’re virtually mandatory for Chevy street rods. The early gassers typically ran big Oldsmobile and Pontiac engines, because big-block Chevys weren’t yet available. Small-block Chevy engines were very successful in the lower gas coupe classes.
The differences between 1937 and 1938 Chevys have to do with the grille and hood designs. The more iconic 1937 grille features vertical bars, which work very well with the narrow design.
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Street Rod Icons - 1933-1935 Chevys
Street Rod Icons - 1932 Ford Coupes