Moving off the show field and onto the center pavilion our first encounter is with this dark blue 1932 Ford Deluxe Three Window Coupe. It's the V-8 version, which was new that year. This is the car that started hot rodding, the holy grail of the whole hobby. Originally the flathead engine in this beautiful example was rated at 65 horsepower with a displacement of 221 cubic inches. However, the owner of this '32 coupe has added a Mercury crank increasing the displacement to 239 cubic inches. The motor has a "slingshot" intake manifold atop Offenhauser cylinder heads and twin 97 mm carbs. The whole package cranks out 100 horsepower. She's also got a column-shift transmission and Lincoln brakes behind Kelsey Hayes wire wheels. Talk about bad to the bone this it.