The Bossman's '32 Three-window coupe.
In 1932, Henry Ford introduced his last great
personal engineering triumph: his "en block", or one piece, V-8
engine. Offered as an option to an improved 4-cylinder Model "B"
engine in this low priced car, this compact V-8 power plant, with its down
draft carburetor, enabled 1932 Ford to outperform all other popular competitors
and was 20 years ahead of its time. The improved proportions and styling
of this car reflected Edsel Ford's genius for design.
The 1932 Ford automobile combines the attractive
facelift of the 1931 Model A with the world's first low-priced, cast-in-one-piece
V-8 engine. When the V-8 first made its appearance in the 1932 Ford, it
heralded the era of the American dream car: large, powerful, and soft-sprung.
Basic mechanical configuration changed little from the late 1930s until
the advent of the downsized front-wheel-drive cars of the 1980s. The final
element in the equation, the automatic transmission, first appeared in the
The original 221 c.i. V-8 made 65 bhp at 3400
rpm, although the more conservative Society of Automotive Engineers set
the net rating at 30 bhp. The original cost for one of these beuties? A
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