Question about cover photo of 2018 calendar

TomCurtin
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July 12th, 2018, 8:46 am #1

This is a complete non-railroad queston.

Look at the calendar cover photo.  It's patently obvious that the locomotive in a 1947-built Alco RS-2.

But what's the elderly automobile at the right?  I would say it's something of about 1936 vintage, but who can provide more details ( not guesses please)?

Some details about the photo: Somebody wanting to model the Berkshire line of 1948 might like a detail like the above auto.  Incidentally, the train with the 0509 is almost certainly Sunday afternoon #145, and the other consist slightly visible at the far left will leave later that day at train #147.  The 0509 is the last of an order of ten RS-2s delivered between 12/10/1947 and 1/9/1948.  They were NH's first "road switcher" type units.  Such superb Kodachrome photos of 1948 vintage need  to be appreciated as they are not common
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rsullivan
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July 12th, 2018, 9:59 am #2

Mr. Curtin. I would say it is a 1938 Ford coupe. Here are thee pictures which show the same rear windows, taillights, truck latch, long rear deck with large trunk lid, and the same fenders.
1938 Ford Coupe pic 1.jpg
1938 Ford coupe from connorsmotorcar.com
1938 Ford Coupe pic 2.jpg
1938 Ford coupe from www.barrett-jackson.com
1938 Ford coupe from www.barrett-jackson.com
1938 Ford Coupe pic 3.jpg
1938 Ford coupe from lookatthecar.org

I am sure it isn't a 1937 Ford coupe since the taillights are flush and the 37's were rearward attached assemblies and the trunk latch was flush with the lid. I'm also sure it isn't a 1939 Ford coupe since the trunk latch has a single downward handle.
Hope this helps.
Richard #3967
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July 12th, 2018, 11:11 am #3

Great  shots, Richard! The blue dots on the blue car were after market add-on accessories. Note that the black car only had one taillight. Was the second taillight an option?

John
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TomCurtin
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July 12th, 2018, 11:55 am #4

Thanks guys!!!

BTW, in the 30s  the car was pronounced cou-PAY.   Let the record show I'm not anywhere near that old, but I do know that is the case
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rsullivan
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July 12th, 2018, 3:50 pm #5

     Mr. Kasey. I hadn't noticed there was only one taillight in the second picture. You ask if it "[w]as the second taillight an option?" According to American Automobiles, the Ford Model 81A and 82A had the following options. The "1938 Ford options available were fender skirts, bumper guards, radio, clock, rear view mirror, side view mirror, glove box, dual wipers and fog lights." The whole rundown on the 1938 Ford Model 81A and 82A is available at http://american-automobiles.com/Ford/1938-Ford.html. However, there were more options aviable. "Two of the more interesting Ford authorized accessories for 1938 were the rear fender shields (skirts), at $9 for the pair, and rustless-steel wheel hub and spoke covers, priced at $15 for a set of four. The latter added a bright touch to the otherwise dull wheels. Also available was a $3 Kool Kushion for summer comfort, radiator cover for $1.25, center bumper guard for $1.75, road light for $5, DeLuxe steering wheel for $7.50, oil filter for $3.25, air cleaner for $3.75, tire repair kit for only $.20, and a long list of other safety and appearance items." From "1938 Ford Lineup" at https://auto.howstuffworks.com/1937-1938-ford4.htm. I didn't find the "long list of other safety and appearance items." 
     About the two taillights question. On Antique Automobile Club of America Forum that question was asked and a Mr. Billybird posted the following on September 23. 2001, "A further thought on the 1940 Ford: The Deluxe had two, the Standard had one on the drivers side, Two states required two tail lights; Washington and Missouri. I have looked at a N.O.S 1940 right rear fender and there is a "knockout" for the tail light. Due to this two state requirement the Early Ford V-8 club allows one OR two tail lights on the Standard. Good info but still doesn't tell when two were required." (see http://forums.aaca.org/topic/178073-whe ... il-lights/) Since the 1940 Ford Deluxe models had two taillights and the Standard models had one taillight, I will surmise only that the blue Ford Coupe in the center picture is a 1938 Ford Standard Coupe while the other two were 1938 Ford Deluxe Coupes. 
     That's the best I've been able to find out.
     This also makes it harder to answer Mr Curtin's question fully. The right rear fender is missing on the 1938 Ford Coupe, so we can never determine if it was a 1938 Ford Deluxe Coupe or a 1938 Ford Standard Coupe. If we could see the front grill we could tell though. I could find a reflection of the front end on anything on the cover. Maybe I'll look from the inside cover against a bright light. Wouldn't that show the picture from the other end of the platform?
Richard #3967
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July 13th, 2018, 11:12 am #6

Thank you Richard for the answer on the taillights. I do know of another crazy feature of Fords in the late 30s up to 1940 was to use the previous years' deluxe grill for the following years' standard grill! People think that the New Haven RR was screwie but the auto makers were just as bad. The Ford on the calendar cover will just have to remain a plain ole1938 Ford. Thanks again.

John
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rsullivan
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July 13th, 2018, 12:05 pm #7

Remember that the DeSoto was the fancy version of the Plymouth, just one year earlier for the features too.
Richard
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