12-14 August 2010
1932 Ford Three-Window Hot Rod Coupe
Sold for $55,000
- Built by Duncan Emmons in the 1970s – his personal “Hot Rod”
- An original all-steel full-fendered three window coupe
- 350 cu. in. 350 Turbo-Hydramatic automatic transmission with air conditioning
- An excellent running and driving example – even at freeway speeds
The classic 1932 Ford, better known as “the Deuce,” has been, and always will be, the ultimate hot rod. An American icon, the 1932 Ford was immortalized in the early 1960s by the Beach Boys’ “Little Deuce Coupe,” and in 1973, George Lucas’ American Graffiti reintroduced old-style hot rods to a new generation.
Among hot rodders, the popularity of the 1932 Ford has always remained strong. In the early days, Deuces of any body style were plentiful and inexpensive, and being simple cars made them easy to strip down and modify. The stock frame provided substantial torsional rigidity, and the new-for-1932 “flathead” Ford V8 engine responded well to performance upgrades. A cultural phenomenon, and an entire industry, was born from these humble beginnings, and today a new generation of enthusiasts has embraced “the Deuce.”
This original all-steel full-fendered three window coupe was built in the 1970s by Duncan Emmons, a well known custom hot rod builder, and was his personal hot rod. Frequently driven by Emmons around town and to and from his Palm Springs home, it was purchased directly from his widow after he died vintage racing his Curtis 500.
Emmons chopped this deuce 3 inches and decided to finish it in a beautiful 1956 Chevy red with a black leather interior and rumble seat. It features a 350-cu. in. V8 engine with a Chevrolet 350 Turbo-Hydramatic three-speed automatic transmission, a Corvette rear end, disc brakes, 15" polished Halibrand wheels, and air conditioning. According to the owner, it is an excellent running and driving example that is great at freeway speeds.
Virtually untouched since it was completed in the 70s, it has been impeccably maintained and, given its age, remains in excellent overall condition. It presents a rare opportunity to acquire a period built “Deuce Coupe” by a well known Southern California hot rodder.
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