CHASSIS NO: 18135508
• First year of Henry Ford’s legendary V-8
• Edsel Ford’s styling influence first seen
• Well-appointed with period accessories
• Engine and chassis original to the car
• Restoration by marque specialist Homer Ladd
• Popular colors of Washington Blue with black fenders
• Authentic materials used throughout
• Correct wire wheels in Tacoma Cream
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221 cid L-head V-8 engine, Zenith single-barrel carburetor, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with transverse leaf spring, ¾-floating rear axle with transverse leaf spring, four-wheel mechanical internal expanding brakes; wheelbase: 106"
In 1908, the Ford Motor Company brought the world the nearly indestructible Model T. Born in the backroom of the comparatively small Piquette plant in Detroit, Ford would go on to produce over 15 million copies of this sturdy vehicle considered the car that put the world on wheels. By 1927, old Henry had been convinced that technology was moving forward, forcing him to set about work on a new and improved car. That would be the Model A introduced in late 1927 for the 1928 season with nearly five million produced over the next four years. However, a year after the “A’s” debut rival Chevrolet upped the ante by bringing out a dependable six-cylinder engine. Henry countered with, “If they want more cylinders, I will give them more.” Taking his engineering and development teams to the historic Edison laboratory building which had been relocated in his Greenfield Village complex in Dearborn, dozens of designs and prototypes were developed and tested which eventually resulted with the famous V-8 engine, a first for a car in the low-price field. Presented for 1932, Ford touted not only its new powerplant but its “Lincoln inspired” impressive new styling coming from the talents of Polish born designer Joe Galamb under the direction of Edsel B. Ford. Even though America was in the middle of its worst Depression, Ford managed to sell 254,694 passenger cars for the 1932 model year, which was a 47.8% drop over the last year of the Model A. However, 178,749, or 70.2% of that total were the new Deluxe V-8 powered vehicles with 6,893 of those being the V-8 powered popular roadster. The beautifully handcrafted bodies were supplied to Ford by the Briggs Body Company who had a long and successful history with the Dearborn-based company.
This outstanding example offered for your consideration is everything that a “Deuce” Roadster should be. Treated to a complete body-off-frame restoration in the early 2000s by noted marque specialist Homer Ladd, of Placerville, California, every detail was returned to its authentic appearance and done to the exacting judging standards of the early V-8 Ford. Retaining its original engine, which was completely rebuilt and mated to its original transmission, the all-steel body is finished in Washington Blue with the smooth and stylish steel fenders finished in gloss black and even the sculptured grille finished in the proper French Gray. Both the front passenger seat and the rear rumble seats are finished in the Copra Drab leather that has been stitched to replicate the original materials used nearly 90 years ago.
Protecting those in the front seat is the folding top done in tan canvas and trimmed with brown vinyl piping which fits tight and snug. Fitted with dual side mount spare tires complete with the chromed surround bands, all six original wire wheels finished in original Tacoma Cream, the same color that was applied to the hand painted pinstripes on the body. The instruments are in pristine condition mounted in the simulated engine-turned fascia mounted to the dashboard painted in its original mahogany finish. Other appointments include the first use of the legendary Greyhound hood ornament and two handcrafted panes of beveled and etched glass serving as the wind wings. As with all DeLuxe models this roadster is fitted with dual taillamps and, for carrying needed supplies for an extended road trip, an original folding luggage rack also restored to perfection.
As the first year for the now famous Ford flathead V-8, the ’32 Ford is an American legend. Finding an unmodified original period example such as this is exceedingly difficult and thus very desirable.