1932 Ford Deuce Roadster with
Classic Hot Rods
Our review: Ed "Big Daddy" Roth called this book "the best out
there," and he might be right. An excellent history of hotrodding and an
overview of the classic streetrod look that started it all. If you like retro
rods, you'll like this book.
Price: $15.37 8 ½
x 11, 128 pages, 120 color and 20 b&w photos, softcover
In 1932, Ford changed automotive history by introducing
his Flathead motor that made V-8 power affordable. The V-8 made 65 bhp at
3400 rpm, although the more conservative Society of Automotive Engineers
set the net rating at 30 bhp.
One group that was particularly impressed
with the Ford V-8 were gangsters. Both John Dillinger and Clyde Barrow (of
Bonnie & Clyde fame) wrote to Henry Ford to express their satisfaction
with the new vehicle. Below is the letter sent by Clyde Barrow to
Henry Ford in April, 1934, exactly as written:
While I still have breath in my lungs I will tell you what a dandy car
you make. I have drove exclusively when I could get away with one. For
sustained speed and freedom from trouble the Ford has got ever other car
skinned and even if my business hasen't been strictly legal it don't hurt
anything to tell you what a fine car you got in the Ford V-8.
Clyde Champion Barrow