1932 Ford Five Window Coupe Mexican Race CarSOLD

RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - March 10, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $50,000 - $70,000

OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE

$46,750 Sold

Specifications:
221 cu. in. L-head V8 engine, three-speed manual transmission, live axle suspension with transverse leaf springs, four-wheel mechanically actuated drum brakes. Wheelbase: 106"

This unique and authentic period Ford race car was specially ordered new by the former President of Mexico, Chief Commander Roquen Gonzalez Garza. He was the 52nd President and took office January 16, 1915 during the height of the Mexican Revolution. Garza would stay in office until June 9th of that year before his regime was overthrown. Forced into exile, it was not until 1920 that it was safe for him to return to Mexico.

Garza special ordered his Ford five-window coupe with a larger rear window, one would assume to better check his back. He used this car during the aftermath of the Mexican Revolution, and then passed it on to his son. It was in the ownership of his son that the car was modified and raced in both sanctioned an unsanctioned events throughout Mexico and southern Texas. It is reported that the former president would frequently attend these races where his son achieved many victories in the old Ford. Eventually the son of the President would pass the car onto his own son, who placed the car in storage, where it sat for several decades until it was discovered by and sold to the current owner.

Mechanically, the five-window coupe was treated to a comprehensive restoration. The flathead V8 was fitted with high performance Edelbrock cylinder heads, an Edelbrock intake manifold and two down draft Stromberg carburetors. Internally, the engine has an Isky cam, dome pistons, and was fully balanced and blueprinted. The three-speed transmission has a heavy-duty clutch. The rear end is of the banjo variety with an aluminum quick- change center section. For improved reliability and performance, the electrical system was updated to 12 volts.

The body was remarkably well preserved, so it was left as is. The paint, while badly worn, had an excellent and historically significant patina. Therefore, with the exception of freshening up the lettering, the paint, body and frame are all original to the car. The interior upholstery was replaced with burlap sack material, which matched a sample that was removed from the car. The front suspension remains stock however the rear uses a contemporary tube shock system in conjunction with the semi-elliptic leaf springs.

Today the Ford five-window coupe is a very usable and historically significant automobile that is unquestionably very unique and exciting.

Addendum
This 1932 Ford Five Window Coupe is not a Model A. It was born a Five Window Coupe and clearly remains as such today. Please disregard any reference to this being a Model A. RM Auctions apologizes for any confusion this incorrect model designation may have caused.

Reference Number 6328

as of 1/21/2007

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Car 1932 Ford Five Window Coupe Mexican Race Car
VIN 18581356 
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