The 75th Anniversary of the launch of the 1932 Ford models was an historic event worth celebrating. In his 2007 Auto Week article, J.P. Vettraino reflected that the car’s development “…pushed Ford closer to the brink of insolvency and raised the public’s expectations for a standard, reasonably priced automobile. It was half inspiration, half desperation, like so many of the moves that marked Henry Ford’s career.” Vettraino continued, “The 1932 model was for Ford what the minivan was for Chrysler in the mid-1980s: a Hail Mary pass, completed in spectacular fashion for a touchdown as time was running out.”
Vettraino’s commentary is certainly no overstatement of the car’s significance. In fact, the inspired design of the 1932 models juxtaposed the titanic struggle that resulted over the construction of the world’s first successful low-priced, high-volume, “monoblock” V8 engine, which defied conventional engineering practices. Yes, the V8 did have its teething pains after its release, but Ford’s resolute decision to make massive investments to the Rouge plant and to press forward with development of the challenging V8 saved Ford Motor Company at the depths of the Great Depression. In turn, that fateful decision produced a series of automobiles that remain beloved by millions of enthusiasts to this day.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2009 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
65hp, 221 cu. in. V8 engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf spring, ¾-floating rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf spring, and four-wheel mechanically-actuated internal-expanding brakes. Wheelbase: 106".