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One Of Ford's Most Exciting New Products Is An 82-Year-Old Design

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The Holy Grail of hot rodders since the 1940s has been the 1932 Ford Model B and the V8 variant, known as the "Deuce Coupé," from the last digit of the model year. Originals are incredibly rare, and repros of the 5-window body are expensive and vary a lot in quality. Now Ford is making them themselves, again.


Ford's been doing some great things for the small-scale vintage car builder, with its reproduction Mustang bodies, then Bronco bodies, and now their five-window '32 Ford coupé bodies.


Ford is selling these through their Ford Component Sales division, and is using original tooling to make the bodies where possible. I'm amazed they have any of those 80+ year old presses still around. Here's what they say about it themselves, according to Dennis Mondrach, restoration licensing manager:

"With the 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe body shell, you can literally build a classic-looking hot rod, ordering Ford restoration parts right from your computer, and avoid visiting a wrecking yard. The coupe body shell joins our growing list of ready-to-build stamped steel body shells, including the classic 1965-70 Mustangs and 1940 Ford Coupe."

I'm not sure what Dennis has against visiting wrecking yards, which are some of the finest places anyone can spend their time, but whatever. More for me.

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Ford's also happy to sell you a crate V8 engine for your project, but I think the real fun from these bodies becoming more readily available will be to try some really weird stuff with them. Want a vintage-looking hot rod powered by a 2CV engine at each wheel? Give it a try! How about a roof-mounted, belt-driven rotary? Why not? Since they're actually building new deuce coupés, no one can get angry for all the sacrilegious things you'll do to one!

Now they just need to make this body an option on the Focus ST platform.

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