Hershey

5-6 October 2017

The Ralph Whitworth Collection

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Lot 175

1932 Ford Three-Window Coupe Hot Rod

  • Chassis no. AB 5018000

Sold for $90,750


  • Offered from the estate of Ralph Whitworth
  • Early '50s-style hot rod with original speed equipment
  • An exceptional Deuce Coupe with all the right “stuff”


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 V-8 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.”

The example offered here is a period-correct, early 1950s-style hot rod with the best flathead speed equipment of all time, including Ardun OHV cylinder heads and an original Roots-type S.C.O.T. supercharger. Other important items include a pair of Stromberg 97 carburetors, a “beehive” oil filter, 1940 Ford steering wheel, three-speed transmission, hydraulic brakes, and suspension modified with a drop axle and reverse eye spring, as well as 15-in. wheels with bias-ply tires. The interior boasts iconic 1950s “tuck-n-roll” upholstery, while the body is decorated with a filled and smoothed grille shell, dropped headlight bar, and BLC-style headlights, while the hoodless engine compartment completes the look.

This is an iconic hot rod from an iconic hot rod collection.

Addendum

Please note that the Ardun heads on this car are reproduction as are the fenders and firewall. Please contact an RM Sotheby's representative for more information.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more