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Lot 209

1937 Ford Pickup Custom

  • Chassis no. 18-3577907

Sold for $41,250


300 bhp, 368 cu. in. Lincoln V-8 engine, two-speed Ford-O-Matic transmission, front suspension with coil-over shocks, solid rear axle with leaf springs, and four-wheel power drum brakes. Wheelbase: 114 in.

  • Featured in Rod & Custom and Hot Rod magazine
  • Winner of numerous awards in period
  • Completely unrestored and presented in time-warp condition


If this truck’s bold color scheme doesn’t immediately pull you in, its story definitely will.

The vehicle was originally purchased as a four-door sedan by Ray Nish, the service manager for an Oakland, California, Lincoln-Mercury dealership, and over the course of 13 years, it was transformed into what you see today: a full custom pickup like no other vehicle on the road. The truck went through eight different engines, four transmissions, and five rear axles before Nish settled on the current 368-cubic inch Lincoln V-8, which was mated to a Ford-O-Matic transmission from a 1957 Thunderbird. The engine remained stock, yet it received many chrome accessories, and the car was also fitted with power steering and power brakes, which improved drivability. At the rear, Nish fitted a 1957 Lincoln Power-Lock rear end with 3.31 gears and a shortened driveshaft.

According to the profile on the car in the September 1963 issue of Hot Rod magazine, Nish needed to haul some dirt around while he was doing landscaping, which prompted him to turn his sedan into a pickup for work duty before it hit the show circuit as a fully customized hot rod!

Its next biggest structural change came when Nish decided to discard the aging 1937 chassis and suspension for those of a 1956 Mercury, which meant narrowing and shortening the frame to fit the existing body. A 1940 Ford hood was installed and blended into the body, and at the back, 1961 Mercury taillights were fitted into a custom “diamond plate” trim piece. The truck also received custom removable running boards to complete the look.

The truck’s unique two-tone Pearl and Byzantine Gold theme, which was chosen by Ray’s wife, Sally, carries through to the interior in a very dramatic fashion, as white and gold leather stripes can be found on the seats and door panel. Nish installed 1961 Thunderbird gauges into the dash of a 1940 Ford, sourced a steering wheel from a 1961 Mercury Comet, and utilized Lincoln window switches for the power windows. The bucket seats are from a 1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet, and they are quite comfortable.

After it stopped making the rounds on the show circuit, this car received careful preservation by Nish and previous owners, one of which was noted collector Bob Pond. Ray Nish’s custom pickup presents just as well today as it did at the Oakland Grand National Roadster Show, where it won awards in 1961 and 1962. Its odometer reads 6,524 miles, all of which are believed to be original. In 2006, the car was purchased by the Andrews’, and it remains a highly compelling and period-correct custom that is in stunning condition.

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Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

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Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

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Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

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David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

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Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

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United Kingdom

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

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With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

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Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

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United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more