Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Very Good News!

This may possibly be the best news I've heard this week...

Deuce Coupe revival: Ford's brand new '32 5-Window bodies
For hot rodders, no prewar platform is more sought-after than the 'Deuce Coupe'—Ford's two-door 1932 5-Window phenomenon. Trouble is, after 82 years, getting your mitts on one (much less an example worth building around) can be challenging even for the avid scrapyard dog. Fortuitously, the fine folks from Dearborn have announced that the hotrod icon is officially returning: New 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe body shells will now be available through the Blue Oval's Component Sales arm.
The diehard motorheads are excited about hearing this news. For the not-so-diehard, here's what is probably the most famous '32 Ford in the world:


That's the chopped coupe driven by John Milner in American Graffiti, the film that took Ron Howard from Opie to Richie. The 32 Ford, immortalized in song by the Beach Boys' "Little Deuce Coupe," is one of the most iconic custom cars out there, and now it looks like enthusiasts will be able to reproduce their own without having to scour a junkyard or grind off rust.

This raises all kinds of tantalizing questions, though. Will GM release the 1957 Bel Air coupe, or the 1963 split window Corvette bodies for motorheads to play with? If the Deuce body sells well, might Ford release more classics like the 1964½ Mustang or the 1955 Thunderbird? Does Mopar still have the rights to AMC's Pacer? Okay, that might be going a little too far...

One of the thoughts I've always entertained if I hit one of the mega lotteries (which would be difficult, since I don't play) would be to commission someone to build a 1959 Cadillac El Dorado Biarritz using modern components. If the Deuce concept is a hit, it might bring this one step closer to reality. The estimate is $20K for the body; add in the parts needed to make this complete and you'd be looking at close to $50K for a complete car.

Which looks to be about half the price of an original...

That is all.

4 comments:

Mopar said...

You can already build a '32 now without using a single OEM part. Ford isn't even making these, just reselling existing aftermarket parts. I guess we'll have to see how they price it, but I cant imagine people will pay a huge markup just to buy it through Ford.

Oh, and you can already buy a "Brand New" '57 Chevy, as well as the mustang. Same deal as the '32, all the parts already exist reproduction. Check out brandnewmusclecar.com

Stretch said...

Smoky and The Bandit Trans-Am!!

Anonymous said...

Actually, you can already get 67 Mustang bodies among others. Google "Dynacorn International"

Anonymous said...

Sorry, the website is poorly laid out, Google "Dynacorn Replacement Body Shells" for the dedicated site.