'32 Ford Deuce: The Official 75th Anniversary Edition

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In 1931, Henry Ford famously announced that his company would produce an eight-cylinder car, if only because its competitors were building fours and sixes. The result, introduced in 1932, was Ford Motor Company’s first V8-powered car. The “Deuce” was a design and technological milestone that would become the quintessential hot rod platform.

Arriving just in time for the Deuce’s 75th anniversary, this is the story of that ’32 Ford. A complete authoritative and illustrated history published with the Ford Company’s cooperation, this book looks at every facet of the Deuce’s story: factors leading to its design, how it was manufactured and sold, the development of the now-legendary flathead engine, and motorsport exploits around the globe. And, of course, there are the hot rods: the 75 most influential ’32-based hot rods as chosen by a who’s who of the hot rod community. From the pacesetting Doane Spence roadster to Chili Catallo’s Lil’ Deuce Coupe, the American Graffiti coupe, and the cars of such hot rodding legends as Gray Baskerville, Ray Brown, Boyd Coddington, the Jackman Brothers, Ak Miller, and Veda Orr—each of the 75 vehicles gets its own two-page spread, with rare and famous photographs and detailed descriptions of the car’s builder, owner, history, mechanics, and design.

This spectacular book, for vintage-car enthusiasts and hot rodders alike, also includes a foreword by Edsel B. Ford II, grandson of the Deuce’s principle stylist.

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In 1931, Henry Ford famously announced that his company would produce its first eight-cylinder car, if only because competitors were building four- and six-cylinders. Of course, the reasons were more complex than that, but the “Deuce,” as the 1932 came to be known, was a design and technological milestone that would also become the quintessential hot rod platform.

To mark the Deuce’s 75th anniversary, here is the complete authoritative and illustrated chronicle that examines every facet of every body style of both the V-8 and the four-cylinder Model B: market factors, design, development of the legendary flathead engine, manufacture at the colossal River Rouge, marketing around the globe, overseas specials, and motorsport exploits in Europe and North America.

And, of course, there are the hot rods: “The 75 Most Significant ’32 Ford Hot Rods” as chosen by a blue-ribbon panel assembled by Ford Motor Company and comprising a who’s who of the hot rod community, including author Tony Thacker, a director of the NHRA’s Wally Parks Motorsport Museum. From the pacesetting Doane Spencer roadster to Lil’ Deuce Coupe, the American Graffiti coupe, and the cars of hot rodding icons such as Gray Baskerville, Ray Brown, Pete Chapouris, Boyd Coddington, Pete Eastwood, Vic Edelbrock Sr., Veda Orr, Don Thelen, and other legends too numerous to mention here, each of the 75 cars is celebrated with a concise history and photography both rare and famous. The result is a spectacular historical and visual celebration for vintage-car enthusiasts and hot rodders alike, with a foreword by Edsel B. Ford II, grandson of the Deuce’s principle stylist.

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In spring 1932 Ford Motor Company unveiled a design and technological milestone that would also become the quintessential hot rod platform. To mark the 75th anniversary of that vehicle, here is the complete authoritative and illustrated chronicle that examines every facet of the “Deuce”—market factors, design, development of the legendary flathead engine, manufacture and marketing, overseas specials, and motorsport exploits around the globe.

In addition, author Tony Thacker, a director of the NHRA Wally Parks Motorsports Museum, profiles “The 75 Most Significant ’32 Ford Hot Rods” as chosen by a blue-ribbon panel assembled by Ford. These 75 seminal cars are celebrated with concise histories and photography both rare and famous. The result is a spectacular historical and visual celebration for vintage-car enthusiasts and hot rodders alike.

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