By John Calhoun

It was on March 31, 1932 that Ford Motor Company introduced their V8 engine. Before that, almost all engines in mass-produced automobiles were inline-four and inline-six cylinder engines.

This proved to be a huge success and the motor would be installed in Ford vehicles for the next 21 years.

The Ford V8 was said to be the preferred choice of gangster Clyde Barrow for his getaway cars. In 1934, he and Bonnie Parker would die in a stolen model.

Chuck Berry sang about his V8 Ford in the 50’s. In the 70’s, “revved up like a duece”, lyrics from Blinded By The Light refer to the ’32 Ford.

Chances are, the most famous musical salute to the ’32 Ford was Little Deuce Coupe by the Beach Boys.  The B-side of Surfer Girl became a #15 hit in 1963.



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