Celebrating the 1932 Ford’s 80th birthday

With the Great Depression currently providing the backdrop for some of the most exciting TV shows and movies (perhaps most notably the Oscar-winning film The Artist), now seems like the perfect time to honor one of America’s lasting contributions to the automotive world, 1932 Fords.

This February, Old Cars Weekly ran a report that discussed how the Ford Motor Co. and the Petersen Automotive Museum, a Los Angeles-based museum dedicated to honoring the automobile and its impact on American life, would be giving this much-needed treatment to the classic model. The celebration is taking place as part of 2012 Deuce Week, which is currently running until March 3.

Some of the first mass-produced cars to offer V-8 engines, the 1932 Fords – be it the Tudor, Fordor, couple, woodie or roadster versions – helped many average Americans access the open road for the first time due to their affordability. But, despite the price, the models were also renowned for their style, coming equipped with curved wheel wells and an unmistakable grille, that helped many mobsters (both on and off screen) craft their signature style.

“This reflects the spirit of Ford Motor Company, continually bringing mobility and betterment to the lives of millions around the world,” Jim Farley, Ford’s group vice president of marketing, sales and service, said, according to the source. “Little did the Deuce‚Äôs creators realize that they were also designing a canvas for hot rodders to exercise their boundless creativity 80 years and beyond into the future.”

The ongoing show, which started on February 29, has been treating visitors to driving tours and the sights of more than 400 of these restored beauties all in sunny California.

However, those were unable to make it out to the event can still browse the photo collections of Cool Rides Online members such as G8ryz, the owner of The Bucket T, or Sparkes, who owns a blue-and-black model powered by a 383 fuel-injected motor.