What is the first image that comes to mind when someone mentions the word hotrod? 9 times out of 10 that mental image would be of the 1934 Ford 3-window coupe, the quintessential hotrod. This genre of Ford cars, built in the early ’30s, made it into popular culture during the years of WWII where guys and returning G.I.s would strip off fenders and hoods and beef up the engines. The favorite was the flathead Ford V8 newly introduced in 1932 boasting a whopping 65 hp. This particular body style lent itself well to any number of modifications, the most recognizable being the chopped top.
The differences between these models are subtle. The ’32 has a more elliptical grille, where the ’33 and ’34 have more of a teardrop shape. Those two nearly look alike but enthusiasts could probably point out many differences between the ’33 and ’34 Fords.
The car would be immortalized in the Beach Boys song Little Deuce Coupe, a few movies, Bonnie and Clyde, American Graffiti and ZZtop’s Eliminator album cover art. At any given car show across America, chances are nearly 100% that someone will be showing their ’30s model Ford there.
Original steel-bodied Fords are getting rare and these cars can fetch upwards of $50k. Many aftermarket companies sell these body styles in new sheet metal or fiberglass with entire kits available for the d.i.y.er. Whether it’s a bone stock restored model or a rusted out ratrod, it will fetch many admiring stares.
If a car could achieve immortality, the ’32 through ’34 Fords are well on their way.
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