17-18 August 2012
1932 Ford V-8 DeLuxe Three-Window Coupe
- Chassis no. 1870577
Sold for $99,000
To be auctioned on Friday, August 17, 2012
• From the Nick Alexander Collection
• Freshly completed restoration
All early Ford V-8s are desirable, the very first model, the 1932, or “Deuce,” most of all. Its allure has been so pervasive that most survivors have been modified into hot rods and custom cars. The 1963 Roger Christian-Brian Wilson song Little Deuce Coupe, recorded by Wilson’s group, The Beach Boys, is testament to this. With so many Deuces made into hot rods, it has become very difficult to find one in authentic, unmodified condition. Renowned Ford collector Nick Alexander wouldn’t have his any other way, and his collection is known for containing some of the finest Fords in the country.
Originally a New York car, this DeLuxe Deuce Coupe was acquired in a solid, unrestored state from a Texas owner. It is fresh from a complete restoration in Alexander’s shops, with only test miles on the engine and drivetrain. Triple black on the outside (body, wheels, and tires), it is accented with the correct gold pinstripe and upholstered in authentic rose beige mohair and has the desirable opening rear window. Brightwork is minimal, comprising just the lights, DeLuxe windshield molding, and the iconic fluted bumpers beloved of all proper Deuce Coupes. Expertly restored wood grain surrounds the engine-turned instrument panel, while taupe carpet lines the floor. The engine compartment and chassis are as they were when new.
Nick Alexander cars are known for the Early Ford V-8 Club awards. This car has yet to be shown but is definitely of “Dearborn quality” and an apt contender for that class of restored cars. A new owner will be able to give it a spectacular debut. The Beach Boys’ Little Deuce Coupe notwithstanding, this is the Deuce Coupe as Henry built it.
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