For your viewing pleasure, here’s another assortment of lost and forgotten cars from the golden age of hot rodding—this batch made up entirely of 1932 Fords.
The lost hot rods theme has proven to be very popular here at Mac’s Motor City Garage. That’s great for us, because we really enjoy these cars, too. In this installment we’ve focused exclusively on the most coveted Ford model year in classic hot rodding: 1932.
As usual, we know next to nothing about the cars. Except for this: The decidedly amateur photography—fenders lopped off, odd composition, photographer’s shadow in foreground, and so on—tell us these aren’t magazine feature shots. Still, you know their owners loved these hot rods all the same. And so do we.
And as always, if you know anything about any of these cars, please help us fill in the blanks. Learning more about the hot rods and their owners is part of the fun.
A local parade in Taylor, Texas is said to the venue for this ’32 three-window, which sports mismatched Caddy and Olds wheel covers and a hotted-up flathead V8. Who were the Thunderbolts? We don’t know, but they built cool cars.
Here’s a rare Deuce body style, the Sport Coupe. Ford built fewer than 3,000 units in the USA. The Sport Coupe featured a wood and fabric top resembling a Cabriolet, but fixed in place. This one is tricked out with a shaved grille shell, accessory headlamps, and a ’37 DeSoto bumper.
This ’32 roadster is set up for the drag strip with a roll bar, clipped rear frame horns, and relocated fuel tank.. And judging from the similar racing stripe on the roadster parked just behind, it might be part of a multi-car racing team.
This Deuce roadster sports a number of unique touches, including square roll bar, Moon discs, late-model bumpers, lakes pipes, and accessory headlamps mounted low and wide. We bet there’s a heck of a story behind this ’32–if only we knew it.
This photo appears to be from early in the hot rodding craze—late ’40s, we’re guessing. The heart-shaped paint theme on the roadster’s grille insert suggests that the young lady is the driver. We’d like to think so, anyway. Note the wire wheels, Ford rear fenders and fabricated front splash panel.
This ’32 roadster with full fenders has a great stance that is perfectly complemented by the wide, wide whites and hub caps with trim rings. And is that an overhead V8 we see peeking out through that choice 25-louver hood?
Here’s our lead photo again. The drag strip at Santa Maria, CA, around 150 miles north of Los Angeles, is believed to be the setting for this ’32 five-window drag coupe. Check out the healthy engine setback and the Potvin-style crank-driven blower setup.
This ’32 five-window coupe, shown here smartly chirping the tires, also hailed from the Santa Maria area (far as we know) but sports a more street-oriented look with full fenders, a front bumper of unknown origin, and a white fabric top insert. Gorgeous, just gorgeous.