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
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
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
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