1932 Ford Model 18 Deluxe Roadster  Chassis no. B5166315

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1932 Ford Model 18 Deluxe Roadster
Chassis no. B5166315

Sold for US$ 73,710 inc. premium
1932 Ford Model 18 Deluxe Roadster
Chassis no. B5166315
The 1932 Ford’s V-8 engine occupied nearly all of Henry Ford’s attention. Henry’s disdain for design and styling was legendary and nothing pleased him more than creating some new, different and unexpected mechanical contrivance.

With the V-8 requiring all his attention Henry had no time to take much if any interest in the cars’ redesign that was going with the new engine. As it turned out, that was fortunate for posterity and for collectors who appreciate clean, elegant styling and design. It left Edsel Ford and his small group of body designers an almost free hand to create a fresh, classic look for the ’32 Ford. And they did.

Edsel and his team had refined their approach in years of developing ideas, concepts and details for Lincolns with the best independent coachbuilders. They had put it all together with the Model A design. Now with the 1932 Ford V-8 and Model B, Edsel Ford, Bob Gregorie and Henry Crecelius created a body design that has become one of the most appreciated, emulated and desired of all automobiles of the Classic Era.

The styling of the ’32 Ford V-8 emulated successful features and themes that had been employed on the Lincoln: crowned fenders that curved gracefully down to cover the front of the frame, an arched headlight spreader bar, gently curved fenders that flowed back to the running boards. The beltline was accented by a raised panel that outlined the passenger compartment and the junction of the cowl and windshield. The straight bumpers featured a corrugated cross-section that combined functional rigidity with a family resemblance to the Lincoln.

But most memorable was the gently v-ed, softly rounded radiator shell with thin vertical grille elements. Lincoln chromed its grille shell, but the Ford’s was simply painted body color. If history is any guide at all it was the subtle, clean, integrated effect of the Ford’s painted grille shell that was the master stroke of design.

Today a pure Deuce is particularly rare, especially a roadster, and is appreciated by every auto enthusiast. A single year design, it defines a singularly important watershed, the introduction of the Ford flathead V-8, with unique visual character.

Jack Hogan’s 1932 Ford Model 18 V-8 Deluxe Roadster is both a superb example of the most desired and appreciated body style and a thoughtfully updated and usable stock-appearing ’32 Roadster for tours and events. Built in Louisiana some time ago and acquired by Jack Hogan in its present configuration, it is powered by a 70’s Ford V6 engine with a C6 automatic transmission. Appropriately for its purpose as the ideal ’32 Roadster for tours and events, it has dual exhausts, ’40 Ford hydraulic brakes, a 12 volt electrical system for reliability and dual blue dot taillights for safety on the highway. It is licensed for the street on period 1932 Oregon plates.

Its conversion has been done carefully without compromising its original frame structure. The K-member is intact so a ’32 Ford V-8 and transmission can be installed correctly to return it to its authentic stock configuration if a new owner wishes. The body is all Henry Ford-built steel.

It is superbly equipped with a covered spare, rumble seat, remote spotlight, tools under the seat, a Greyhound radiator cap, 1939 Ford banjo spoke steering wheel and wide whitewall tires. Finished in Washington Blue with black fenders, the wire wheels and striping are in Tacoma Cream. The interior is trimmed in Tan vinyl and it has a matching cloth top. Since being acquired by Jack Hogan it has had attention to the paint as well as a set of new wheels and tires.

At the Corvallis Albany Timber Carnival in 2004 the spectators chose it for the People’s Choice Award, which says as much as is needed about its charm, charisma, appearance, presentation and appeal.
1932 Ford Model 18 Deluxe Roadster  Chassis no. B5166315
1932 Ford Model 18 Deluxe Roadster  Chassis no. B5166315
1932 Ford Model 18 Deluxe Roadster  Chassis no. B5166315
1932 Ford Model 18 Deluxe Roadster  Chassis no. B5166315
1932 Ford Model 18 Deluxe Roadster  Chassis no. B5166315
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