Fords classic 1932 roadster, better known as the Deuce, has been, and always will be, the quintessential American hot rod. A good part of the legend of the flathead V-8 engine is embodied in the hot rod culture that emerged from their tuning, modification and performance. The flatheads potential was never in doubt and it did not take long for tuners to seize upon it and begin to find and create ways to extract it. Edsel Ford, who was known for his sense of style and design and who prudently stayed away from his fathers mechanical kingdom, understood the basics of performance. Harold Hicks, Fords chief aircraft engineer said Edsel knew the right way to get power out; the job was to get the stuff in there and explode it. Generations of hot rodders have developed that basic truth into an art form. Through the hot rods evolution one model emerged as the rodders favorite: Henry Fords 1932 Roadster, the Deuce, the first V8-powered Ford, in fact the first reasonably priced V8. The Deuce Roadster retained much of the Model As classic style with a curvaceous grille shell that set it apart. The flathead V8 gave it performance to which no side valve four ever aspired. Deuce Roadsters were dirt-cheap by the late Thirties. They were also light and simple to modify with basic tools and skills. They ignited a revolution that spread from the back streets of California across the salt flats of Utah throughout the United States and inspired generations in magazines, television shows and iconic movies. Over time Deuce Roadsters evolved into two basic styles. The Lowboys body was channeled over the frame and frequently sectioned to reduce its overall height, lower the center of gravity and minimize wind resistance. The High Boy retained the stock body dimensions and mounting on top of the frame rails. It may have expended a few horsepower but it was a lot more comfortable for cruising. The classic flathead street rod never left the scene and has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years with both the restoration of period-built street rods and a whole new generation of flathead-powered rods hitting the streets and show circuit. This award winning High Boy embodies everything that is 50s. So much so that Tony DiCosta of Hot Rod and Custom Supply in Cape Coral, FL who was instrumental in the traditional hot rod movement actually built the 1950 Mercury Flathead V8 that powers this hot rod. The powerplant is fitted with a Merc 4 crank, 3 5/16 bore, displacing 276 cubic inches, Race Cam, Ross Pistons, ported and polished Offenhauser heads, 8:1 Compression ratio, Sanderson headers, Offenhauser intake manifold with triple Stromberg carbs, Walker radiator with 2700 cfm fan. Mated to this is the 39 top loader transmission with 46 Ford gears and a Columbia overdrive axle (4:11-2:73). The 1940 Ford juice brakes with finned Buick drums stops this masterpiece without worry. The custom painted original 32 uncut frame is fitted with a dropped and drilled I beam front axle, Gennie Rails and Vintique steel wheels with US Royal Wide Whitewalls. Atop this, finished in stunning DuPont Chroma black paint with flames by Stan Mueller and masterful pin striping by Sprocket sits the Gibbons body with King Bee Headlights and a functional cowl vent. The period flame theme is carried into the interior on the cut and smoothed 1940 Ford dash with sunken Stewart Warner gauges, door panels and illuminated shifter knob. A traditional high back style seat is upholstered in Black with Red piping and a LeBaron Bonney removable soft top fitted to a 2 inch chopped windshield caps it all off. Shortly after the build this Hot Rod was recognized with the coveted, Goodguys Magnum Axle Award, Best of show winner at Iola and featured in American Rodder magazine. This quintessential American Hot Rod wont last long! $54,276

Year:  1980 or older
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