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Den Hartogh Sale / 1932 Ford Model B A520 Five Window CoupeChassis no. C18109126 - see text

1932 Ford Model B A520 Five Window CoupeChassis no. C18109126 - see text image 1
1932 Ford Model B A520 Five Window CoupeChassis no. C18109126 - see text image 2
1932 Ford Model B A520 Five Window CoupeChassis no. C18109126 - see text image 3
1932 Ford Model B A520 Five Window CoupeChassis no. C18109126 - see text image 4
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Lot 289
1932 Ford Model B A520 Five Window Coupe
23 June 2018, 11:00 CEST
Hillegom

Sold for €28,750 inc. premium

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1932 Ford Model B A520 Five Window Coupe
Chassis no. C18109126 - see text


1932 was a watershed year for Ford. A steady erosion of their market share to Chevrolet made Ford wipe its line clean for 1932 and embark in an unexpected direction. The normal industry trend for manufacturers producing lower priced cars was to evolve their four-cylinder car into straight six models. The market was awash with small six-cylinder cars, and many offered little performance gains over the venerable fours. Some believe it was due to Fords personal disdain for sixes after the failure of the Model K that they went directly to V8 powerplants. The V8 had been the domain of high end cars like Cadillac and Lincoln and not the sort of thing conservative Ford was likely to offer.

In 1932 Ford introduced its new line of cars featuring both an improved four and the new 65hp V8 engine. Not only did this offer considerable power, but it also gave an engine with wonderful responsiveness and a magical exhaust note. This ground-breaking engine was fitted in a modern new chassis and adorned with a full complement of fresh new coachwork. The model was an immediate smash hit, and no similar car has ever maintained the enduring appeal of these early V8 Fords.

Popular with salesman and mobile doctors, the five-window was a good seller in this period. It was comfortable and offered excellent visibility for the driver with room for a professional's luggage. The light body work combined with excellent engine made for a fun and great performing car.

Along with the roadster, the coupes are some of the hardest to find in stock condition. For so long have they been modified by hot rod builders that the pure examples dried up long ago. This honest V8 example has avoided any modification and is wonderful example of the stock Ford coupe.

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Please note that the chassis number quoted was taken from documents and not found on the car.

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