DELPHOS — America was in the midst of the Depression in 1932. The economy deteriorated and unemployment increased to 24.1%. Due to fact that there were few jobs, many Americans were forced to live in the streets or in their cars. Despite these facts, Henry Ford designed a new model car. A 1932 Ford with the first powerful V8 engine. Hot rodders today owe their gratitude to Edsel Ford, the son of Henry Ford, who battled with is father to bring European looks to their cars. Edsel’s longest lasting achievement, however, was developing the 1932 Ford Deluxe Coupe, also knows as the three-window couple which is the grandfather of the hot rod. Edsel wanted a sporty, European look with a low profile. While Edsel worked on the body design of the 1932 Ford, his father and his team perfected the flat-head V-8 engine. Because the 1932 Ford was extremely popular with hot rodders, kit cars can be made, paying homage to the original 1932 Ford Roadster.
Ron Illyes, of Delphos, brought his 1932 Ford Roadster to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. He has owned it for four years. The car was built in 2008 in California, and pays tribute to Edsel and Henry Ford for their sporty design and craftsmanship.