- A 1932 Ford 3-window coupe. Photo from: The Ford Barn. All other photos as credited, text and errors by: Chris Breeden

Hot Rod Icon: 1932 Ford Coupe

The Little Deuce Coupe has been around since the beginning of the Hot Rod.

The appeal of the 1932 Ford Coupe is universal in the Hot Rod world. The first car to come with the famous Ford flathead V8, the '32 was destined to be Hot Rod material. While the first flathead V8 was a fairly difficult to work with engine, the car had been built with it in mind. This made swapping a newer flathead V8 much easier than with the previous Model T's and A's. Despite being a one year only car, enough aftermarket parts are still made for them every year to probably qualify them as a mass produced car!

Above: A all stock 5-window coupe. Photos from: HAMB

At first glance the '32 looks a lot like the Model A that came before it. Upon closer look the subtle differences are apparent. Notice that the '32 has no sun visor above the windshield and the fuel tank in the '32 is in the rear of the car. This relocation from the cowl fuel type fuel tank of the Model A allowed the '32 to be the first Ford with a cowl vent.

Above: A Hot Rod 3-window coupe. Photos from: hotrod.com

You can't talk about a '32 and not mention that beautifully understated grille. The round top and stainless or chromed insert is the signature of the car.

A 3-Window coupe. Photo from: barnfinds.com

A 3-Window coupe. Photo from: barnfinds.com

Whether a pristine survivor, meticulous restoration, vintage Hot Rod or a brand new stamped steel or fiberglass body, these are fabulous looking cars.

A fenderless, chopped top 5-window coupe. Photo from: hotrod.com

A fenderless, chopped top 5-window coupe. Photo from: hotrod.com

The '32 Coupe became so popular with Hot Rodders due to its ability to be mechanically altered so easily. The fact that they came with V8's, and therefore could be upgraded to accept the ever increasing sizes of flathead engines made it a prime candidate for Rodding. When the Hot Rodding craze was first getting its feet off of the ground, the looks of the car were secondary to the ease of making it go faster. Now we can appreciate the styling that was put into them from the factory and admire the ingenuity that allowed them to go faster. That's the spirit of Hot Rodding in one car! Keep on Cruisin'!

Art by: Chris Breeden

Art by: Chris Breeden

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Comments (15)

  • You can only drive one of these while rocking a heavily-gelled quiff, tailored pinstripe suit, and a new york accent.

      1 year ago
    • I'll grant you that's true of an original one, but not a Hot Rod. That calls for greasy hair a white t-shirt with one sleeve rolled up and a pack of Lucky Strikes in it. A pair of blue jeans with the bottoms rolled up and a pair of square toed boots....

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        1 year ago
  • They're all beautiful, the interiors of the 3 window coupĂ© are just marvelous :O

      1 year ago
  • So beautiful, when stock.

      1 year ago
  • Terrific article Chris.. And I agree with John.. it's a struggle to decide which configuration is better.. I think that a perfect original car and a hot rodded car with lots of personality and attention to detail are equally desirable.

      1 year ago
    • Don't let John, hear you! I'm always going to be partial to Hot Rods because they are far more useful than stock cars, but I appreciate them just the same!

        1 year ago
    • I understand, but there's also something intriguing about seeing a relic from the past - in glimpse back in time, so to speak.. I never used to like classics so much, but I'm glad my mind has been opened and that I can enjoy both.

        1 year ago
  • My favourite cars ever made

      7 months ago
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