Ford will build you a hot-rod shell
Yep, brand new 1932 coupe bodies, ready for rodding. But you don’t get an engine. Here are our suggestions
Posted: 16 Jan 2014
If you've seen American Graffiti, you'll know that Americans rather enjoy turning 1932 Ford Coupes into hot rods. Thing is, base cars are getting pretty thin on the ground, forcing customisers to sift through the desert to find original bodies that haven't been ravaged by rust. And if you're one of them, GOOD NEWS! Ford's announced that it'll be selling box-fresh five-window coupe shells.
But while the new cars are made from gin-u-wine stamped Ford steel and built to the same spec as they were 82 years ago, they don't come with, err, anything else. Not even engines. See, Ford reasons that any rodder worth their salt would put the coupe's original 82bhp V8 straight in the bin and replace it with something a bit more... burnouty.
Which opens up rather a lot of options. So we've delved deep into the manufacturer's engine room and come up with six suggestions for your 21st-century ‘deuce coupe'. They're all built by Ford, and they'll all fit straight in*
*with liberal use of angle grinders and welders and engineering talent.