2018 Shannons Sydney Classic Auction in Conjunction with the Hot Rod & Custom Auto Expo

1932 Ford 5-Window Deuce Coupe 'Hot Rod'


Passed In


Engine V8, 351-cid
Gearbox 3-speed automatic
Body Work Coupe
Colour Black
Interior White & Red
Trim Leather/Suede
Wheels Cast alloy
Brakes Discs


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Having made history with the revolutionary Model T and commercially successful Model A, Henry Ford launched his new V8 model on March 31, 1932, a bold move in the face of the worsening Depression.  Putting multi-cylinder power in reach of the masses for the first time, the flathead engine was developed by Ford’s engineers Emil Zoerlein, Carl Schultz and Ray Laird, with a capacity of 221-cid and producing 65 horsepower at 3400 rpm.  Using aluminium pistons and a single-barrel carburettor, the motor was cast as a single block in an effort to keep production costs low.  The 1932 Fords were handsome cars, the Lincoln-inspired styling highlighted by nicely contoured fenders and a streamlined radiator shell carrying the classic V8 logo.  The range of body styles on offer included the roadster, phaeton, coupe (in either three or five-window guises), Tudor sedan, Fordor sedan, Victoria and convertible.  Well equipped for the price, the 1932 Fords and had a nicely finished interior, the revised timber-grained dash with its oval engine-turned centrepiece a classy touch.  With the cheapest models priced below $500, buyers clamoured to get their hands on the new V8 and more than 50,000 advance orders were placed and it handily outsold the Model A’s true successor - the short-lived four-cylinder Model B - by a ratio of 2.5 to 1.  Nicknamed the “Deuce”, Ford’s V8 became the favourite of hot rodders in the years following the Second World War, with the roadster and coupes particularly sought after.  Indeed, the “Little Deuce Coupe” entered popular culture with the release of the Beach Boys classic song in 1963 and for many enthusiasts it remains the iconic hot rod.  Once the supply of original cars began to dwindle in the 1970s a number companys began supplying replacement bodywork in either fibgreglass or steel and ’32 Fords remains at the heart of the hot rod movement today.