213 Thornton Rd
Lithia Springs, GA
Lithia Springs , Georgia
This bright yellow 1932 Ford 3-window coupe isn't your garden-variety hot rod. No, it was built in 2002 by the legendary George Poteet and has an old-school look that is sure to generate a lot of attention every time you take it out. Better yet, if you're a Ford guy, you'll be thrilled to learn there's a Blue Oval 289 under the louvered hood, making this the best kind of Henry Ford hot rod.
The hi-boy stance and 3-window bodywork give this coupe a look that's straight out of the early 1960s. It's chopped, of course, and they did it right, not too much off the top, not too much of a rake, and that also makes it functional on the street. The bright yellow paint has a lot of pearl and metallic in it, so it has an AutoRama show car look that's pure nostalgia, and as a Poteet build, you know the finish quality is first rate. Just check out the door gaps, the tight fit of the 3-piece hood, and the crisp body lines, none of which come cheap or easy. A few subtle pinstriped flourishes highlight the trunk, along with a set of blue dot taillight lenses, just for effect. There's also a cool power antenna on the rear deck, complete with Moon Eyes ball on top. There's nothing on this Ford that doesn't scream, "Traditional!"
The interior nails the '60s vibe with diamond-tufted upholstery that's funky today but all the rage back then. The split bench seat does a good impersonation of a pair of buckets and the patterned headliner is worth the price of admission all by itself. Even the header above the windshield is whimsically upholstered. Anything that wasn't covered in tan leather was painted to match the bodywork, including the dash, which is also highlighted by more custom pinstripes. Stewart-Warner gauges in the center of the dash are just what it might have used if it were actually built in the 1960s, and the secondary controls have been invisibly stashed underneath. The 3-spoke wheel has a dirt track racer look and you'll dig how the tachometer was built right into the column support, so it's right where it needs to be when you need it. Luxuries include a tilt steering column and AM/FM/cassette stereo, but this car doesn't need A/C to be cool and the workmanship will just blow you away. It's also equipped with a nicely finished trunk that includes a remote-mounted battery and a fuel cell, both tucked under carpeted covers for a finished look.
Pop the Dzus fasteners on the hood and you'll find that the Ford 289 cubic inch V8 looks hot rod perfect thanks to a pair of 4-barrel Edelbrocks on an aluminum intake. There's a lot of chrome, but even more bright yellow paint, including the Thrust finned valve covers, the block itself, and even things like the vacuum advance on the distributor. It's properly tuned and the twin carbs acquit themselves well on the hot small block, giving it lightning-quick throttle response. The C4 3-speed automatic makes it easy to drive and there's a quick-change rear end out back that should be standard equipment on every '32 Ford hot rod. The frame was color-matched to the bodywork save for the chrome front suspension, which is a dropped I-beam on trailing arms. Front disc brakes, a burbling dual exhaust system, and a discreetly mounted transmission cooler all help if you want to drive it. Staggered chrome steelies with baby moon hubcaps are the right choice and they wear 195/60/14 front and 235/70/15 rear whitewall radials.
With several awards under its belt, this is traditional hot rodding done right. A great pedigree, quality workmanship, and a look that will never go out of style make this '32 Ford the one to own. Call today!
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