1932 Ford Model 18 Five-Window "Golden Deuce" Coupe
Chassis no. 15038670
Engine no. S26AI909
345ci, OHV, 345hp DeSoto Hemi V8
LaSalle three-speed manual transmission
Channeled 9 inches on a pinch '34 Ford frame
Exceptional period 1960s history
Featured in numerous magazines
Meticulously restored to original specification
"Little Deuce Coupe, you don't know what I got!", The Beach Boys crooned in their 1963 hit 'Little Deuce Coupe'if the chart topping song was dedicated to a single car, it must have been a good one!
There is little about the story of the '32 Ford that needs retelling, we all know the tale. Ford's new-for-'32 Model A replacement, the Model 18 or more generally Model B, represented a big leap forward on a number of levels. For one, the number of jugs under the hood doubled with the introduction of Ford's flathead V-8. For another, the car's styling with its rounded radiator surround and neatly sculpted lines simply had all the right curves in all the right places.
The new flathead V-8 meant more power for the average car buyer, but for those sufferers of needforspeeditis, it was a wonderful launching point from which to modify for greater power. Dominating the scene for the next 20 years, Ford's flathead V-8 was only dethroned by the new OHV mills from General Motors and Chrysler. The latter's Hemi "Firepower" V8 that debuted in 1951 was the real stunner that pulled the hardest at the heartstrings of those who live life 1320 feet at a time.
This Deuce's history starts in the 1960s. Campaigned by Raymond A. Sewing and Richard Moriarty of New Jersey, it found success drag racing on the front straightaway of Old Bridge Stadium (now known as Raceway Park). The rear quarter window still features stickers proclaiming its victory in the B/C class from 1963 to 1965.
The Golden Deuce disappeared for decades until it was uncovered by Frank Mundrick in 2001. Deteriorated over the decades, the car was still very much as it was left, including it original 1957 DeSoto 345ci, 9.5:1 Hemi V8. A comprehensive restoration was undertaken. Keeping things low, the pinched '34 Ford frame and body channeled 9" over that were restored and painted Gold Dust Metallic with pin-striping done by Charlie Decker. Mechanically, the Hemi was rebuilt, topped with a set of correct dual-quads and unchopped intake manifold, and then mated to a '39 LaSalle side-loader transmission to bring it back to its 1960s as-raced preparation. In the cabin, the restored period correct details continue including the Deuce dash filled with Stewart-Warner gauges, '59 Chevy Impala steering wheel, and two-tone red and white Naugahyde bench seat.
After it emerged from it's meticulously documented restoration in 2005, it went on to successful showings at numerous East Coast events and appeared in a number of magazines including Rodder's Digest (where it was featured on the cover, Hemmings Muscle Machines, and Street Thunder.
Period hotrods are rare birds representing a wonderful slice of both Americana and motoring history. The Golden Deuce is not only a stellar example of both, but a beautifully restored and exceptionally useable piece. There's one more thing, we got the pink slip, daddy.
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