'32 Ford Deuce: The Official 75th Anniversary Edition / Edition 75
  • '32 Ford Deuce: The Official 75th Anniversary Edition / Edition 75
  • '32 Ford Deuce: The Official 75th Anniversary Edition / Edition 75
  • '32 Ford Deuce: The Official 75th Anniversary Edition / Edition 75
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'32 Ford Deuce: The Official 75th Anniversary Edition / Edition 75

by Tony Thacker
     
 

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

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Overview

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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760317419
Publisher:
Motorbooks
Publication date:
05/15/2007
Edition description:
First
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
10.88(w) x 12.25(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword         Remarkable, Intuitive, Simple

                        by Edsel B. Ford II

Introduction      Chevy Beats Ford

Chapter 1         An Eight or a Four?

Chapter 2         “Make an Eight,” Says Ford

Chapter 3         A Production Man’s Dream Come True

Chapter 4         Driving Means Buying

Chapter 5         They Are in No Way a Sudden Development

Chapter 6         Worldwide Production

Chapter 7         The European Specials

Chapter 8         The Greatest Thrill in Motoring: Prewar

Chapter 9         The Same Thrill: Postwar

Chapter 10       The 75: The Most Significant ’32 Ford Hot Rods

Index

 

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