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Ford Model B (1932, 86 years ago)

The Model B was a new Ford automobile produced in model year 1932 (86 years ago). It was a much updated version of the Model A and was replaced by the 1935 (83 years ago) Ford Model 48. Strictly speaking the Model B was a four-cylinder car with an "Improved Four-Cylinder Engine", but it was at this time that Ford began producing a very similar car with Ford's new Flathead V8 engine. The V8 car was marketed as a Model 18, though it is commonly called the Ford V-8 today, and was virtually indistinguishable from the Model B. Until this time, Ford had always produced only one basic car at a time.

There were two versions of the ’32 Ford – a four-cylinder and the V8 flathead. They came in a variety of body styles, the 2 door roadster, 2 door cabriolet, 4 door phaeton, two and four door sedans, four door 'Woodie" station wagon, two door Victoria, two door Convertible Sedan, Panel and Sedan Deliveries, 5-window coupe (two door windows, two quarter panel windows and the rear window), and the 3-window Deluxe Coupe that featured front opening doors, also known as Suicide Doors. The Deuce was called Model 18, the “1” standing for “first” and the “8” for V-8. The four-cylinder model was the less popular Model B, a refined version of the four-cylinder Model A, the most significant differences being a larger counter balanced crankshaft and pressurized camshaft and main bearings, an improved water pump, and a boss for a fuel pump, since the gas tank had been relocated from the cowl to the rear of the car and could no longer rely upon gravity feed.

The ’32 Model 18 was the first successful V-8 in a low-priced car. Prices ranged from $460 for the roadster and the coupe's $490 to the $650 convertible sedan. Production totals numbered from 12,597 for the roadster to 124,101 for the two-door sedan. Nowadays, the roadster and coupe are notable, as these body styles are more used in making the models into streetrods.

Today, the 1932 (86 years ago) Model B is a highly collectible car that people will pay thousands of dollars to restore to exact original style. During the WWII period, when they were first getting old, the Model Bs and V8s were frequently altered into hot rods. This continued into the 1960 (58 years ago) on a large scale. Since the 1970s, 1932 (86 years ago) bodies and frames have been reproduced either in fiberglass or lately in steel, which has helped resolve bodywork shortages, and increased the number of "rods" being created or restored. Those that are made are often very expensive. A typical auto-show hot rod is a $60,000 proposition or much more, in a few cases.


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