• Authentic period American hot rod with original Ford steel body
• Featured in numerous magazines
• Known build history
265 cid Chevrolet V-8 with three Rochester carburetors, manual three-speed Ford transmission, coil spring front and rear suspension, four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 106"
Nothing says nostalgia more than an American hot rod. Born from a chapter in automotive history when returning World War II GIs were looking for ways to apply their mechanical skills acquired in the war, these men built the cars of their dreams. It seemed that the sky was the limit and variations of the hot rod occurred all over the United States, but one thing they did have in common was a love for the 1932 Ford. Long considered the very pinnacle of the hot rod, Ford’s cars for 1932 offered a car customizer’s paradise. Some kept the fenders on and others took them off. Some chopped the top while others left its clean lines in place. Whatever the outcome, there was still no mistaking the great 1932 Ford, as proven by John Milner in the 1973 film “American Graffiti.”
Offered here is a “real deal” steel body 1932 Ford Tudor hot rod that was built, driven, and preserved in many variations, but today remains as it was built back in the heyday of the American hot rod. The build started in 1954 in Braintree, Massachusetts when James "Tiny" Brown of the Flywheels Car Club began work on a 1932 Ford Tudor Sedan. He channeled it eight-inches, but left the top unchopped as was the style for East coast hot rods. The Ford then made the rounds as it was sold from one club member to another but, in 1990, it was sold back to Tiny Brown who was its last East Coast owner. It then turned up on the Bonneville Salt Flats before appearing once again in sunny California. A close look at this iconic car is like a trip down memory lane with speed parts from several eras and a documented magazine provenance that few cars can match. Power comes from a ported and polished 265 Chevrolet V-8 with a Duntov cam and three Rochester two-barrel carburetors. An Offenhauser intake manifold and polished “fence post” tail pipes allow for a smooth growl. A three-speed gearbox from a 1939 Ford features Lincoln Zephyr gears and all the power is channeled to the road in a 1948 Ford rear end. This car rides on a Ford front axle that’s been dropped four-inches and steering comes from a 1933 Willys. This nostalgic car still carries its interior from Sonny Rogers of Dorchester, Massachusetts. Accolades for this authentic piece of American iron are found in its extensive magazine history that comes with the car including its gracing the covers of Kar Kulture Deluxe and Car Craft along with featured articles in many other period publications.
The American hot rod represents a chapter in automotive history that is becoming more recognized each year. Indeed, many concours events are now featuring a full circle of these unique cars. Today, many major collectors are adding period-built hot rods to their stables, as they represent unique examples of a truly American automotive art form. Undoubtedly, it looks like an image right out of a 1950s issue of Hot Rod magazine, and will prove to be an astute and very enjoyable acquisition.
1932 Ford Tudor Hot Rod