Author Topic: Differences between 1937 & 1938 LaSalle grilles  (Read 108 times)

Offline Carl Fielding

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Differences between 1937 & 1938 LaSalle grilles
« on: November 13, 2017, 04:54:56 PM »
On AACA forums under Cadillac - LaSalle in General Motors Products , identification is requested. I thought '38 is slightly wider. Suggested she count the vertical rows on hers , and compare with pic of '37 I posted. Since I am NOT 100% sure , I am 100% sure someone here IS 100% sure. On behalf of Victoria Lynn , thank you. The grille is for sale , looks pretty good , Vic' just wants to get a fair price to both parties. I don't know what that is , you decide.  - Carl

Online Barry M Wheeler #2189

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Re: Differences between 1937 & 1938 LaSalle grilles
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2017, 05:13:50 PM »
As I recall in the distant past, the '37 LaS grill tapers slightly at the top where I think the '38 is more straight up and down. I got out the book and a magnifying glass and counted ten squares at the top from an actual photo. The '38 has way more than ten.
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Offline Steve Passmore

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Re: Differences between 1937 & 1938 LaSalle grilles
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2017, 02:16:38 AM »
Barry is right.  As I have owned both it is easy to see the difference. The 38 grill being wider and almost the same as the 37 Cadillac. I used to think it seemed like LaSalle used up all the leftover 37 Cadillac grills when Cadillac changed theirs in 38 ;D
From my pictures posted the difference is clear but only if you had the two side by side. I can see the difficulty just looking at one.
Counting the squares at about the middle section the 37 has 22 squares right across whereas the 38 has about 26.
Steve

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Re: Differences between 1937 & 1938 LaSalle grilles
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2017, 04:45:18 AM »
Thank you very much , my friends. You have dead nailed it as a '38. Vic' is open to offers , neither she nor I know what to expect , she is starting at $600. She has posted one pic , but can supply more. From the one pic , I cannot see any damage whatsoever. But we know about pics , and Vic' is very smart and hard working , and I am confident she can supply any and all details photographically. The grille is in Portland , OR. Check the referenced AACA topic if interested.   - Carl

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Re: Differences between 1937 & 1938 LaSalle grilles
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2017, 06:57:38 AM »
I picked up a '37 LaS grille from a hearse about a hundred and twenty five miles away from me. I think the whole family went one day down to Spencer, IN. Don't remember how I even heard about it. I always hated to have not gotten the running boards off as they were nice. As I recall, the grill had only about three pits on it. This must have been fifty years ago. We wish your friend "good luck."
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