This 1932 Ford 5-window coupe blends tradition and modern comfort
in one bright yellow package. Featuring a strong-running small
block V8, a comfortable interior, and a traditional look, it gets
everything right for the guy who likes his rods with a touch of
Hi-boys will never go out of style. They're the prototypical hot rod, the ultimate in minimalism and performance from the very earliest days of hot-rodding. And while a lot of guys build the same car over and over, this one has a unique look that's very appealing. Sure, all the basics are there, from the chopped top to the nose-down ride height, but those staggered wheels and tires and ground-hugging stance suggest that it doesn't have time for being pretty, it has races to win. The bright yellow paint is definitely in-your-face, especially with the red flame job, but flames on a '32 Ford are about as traditional as it gets. The flame job actually ties it together with the interior and follows the original contours of the body for a vintage vibe, and we love how it wraps around the windshield pillar. Finish quality is quite good, but like I said, this one isn't about being pretty, it's about function, and the 19,554 miles on the clock will attest that it functions very well indeed. Some traditional pinstripes out back complete the old-school look.
The bright red interior sure isn't subtle, but in this car it definitely works. The 5-window coupe's interior geometry is a bit different than the 3-window, so there's plenty of legroom, especially with the custom bench seat pushed back all the way. Custom door panels and seat covers use pleated vinyl that adds a cool texture and it's full of thoughtful touches like the built-in speakers in the kick panel that are just waiting for your choice of entertainment system. A variety of vintage-looking VDO instruments fill the dash, along with controls for the fully functional A/C, which makes this car an awesome long-distance hauler. The banjo-style steering wheel is wrapped in leather and you'll note the traditional pinstriping work on the dash and eyeball shift knob link it to the past. In back you get a fully lined trunk with red carpets and a custom battery cover that keeps it tidy.
Traditional power comes from a 350 cubic inch Chevy V8 that puts function ahead of style, although it still manages a vintage hi-po look. Finned valve covers and a triangular air cleaner that appears to be from a 427 Corvette are the obvious upgrades, but perhaps more notable is how well everything is packaged to fit under that narrow hood. The shiny chrome accessories are snugged in tight to the block and the block-hugging exhaust system offers plenty of clearance for the steering gear. There's a 4-barrel carburetor up top and a matching polished intake manifold, and the radiator is cooled by a big electric fan, so it doesn't mind sitting in traffic with the A/C blowing. With a TH350 3-speed automatic transmission and a Ford 9-inch rear end with reasonable gears inside, this is an effortless highway cruiser that's a joy to drive. Simple 15-inch wheels with staggered 185/60/15 front and 285/70/15 rear BFG radials give this Ford a butch look without looking like every other '32 hi-boy out there.
Admittedly, this rod isn't for everyone, but if you appreciate attention to detail and clever engineering, not to mention this car's new take on an old look, then you really should give it a closer look. Call today!