Rare Among Rare: 1932 Ford Sport Coupe

When you talk about hot rods and collector cars, one car that invariably comes up is the 1932 Ford. This year marked several milestones for Ford including the introduction of the V8 engine. 1932 also saw a large variety of cab configurations including sedans, roadsters and pickups. One variation that you may not be as familiar with is the Sport Coupe. These cars featured solid door and windshield frames but had a “stationary” soft top for the roof and back of the cab. This 1932 Ford Sport Coupe is for sale here on eBay with an early bid of $5,100. The car currently resides in Le Roy, New York and looks like it will make a great new project for someone!

This car is advertised as a three owner car with the second owner purchasing it in 1952. Original steel ’32 Fords are becoming exceedingly rare and command large prices when they are offered for sale. There are several companies that make reproduction bodies from fiberglass and sheet metal, but original Henry Ford steel cars are still the most desired. The production numbers for the Sport Coupe were less than 3000 total units and that makes them some of the rarest of the 1932 cars.

There are several photos in the ad and the seller makes it clear that he is willing to provide any information that a prospective buyer needs. Unfortunately, the original grille shell and front fenders are gone. This car looks closer to a hot rod project than a candidate for a restoration.

Here you can see the rumble seat (or what’s left of it). The floor appears to need quite a bit of work. Hopefully, the car can be made rigid and straight enough to properly weld in some new metal.  As stated before, this project will make a hot rod easier than it will make a restoration. Would you be brave enough to attempt a full restoration or make it a rat rod/hot rod?


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  1. Classic Steel

    Nice Flint Stone mobile and very eco friendly as well as healthy for driver to develops great calves!

  2. jw454

    That didn’t last long. Someone must have made a pretty good offer.

  3. geomechs geomechs Member

    As much of a purist restorer as I am, I would have to say that this one would be best suited as a hot rod/street rod. It would be an extensive project if you tried to find the original stuff for it, although I’ve seen some completed projects start with something like this. I’m curious as to what motor was in this. The starter on the left points toward Oldsmobile or Buick. Did early Cadillacs have the starter on the left? Definitely not a flattie. I see the sale has ended so I wish the buyer luck….

    • Tim

      This car was a “B” model, noting the snubber located on the firewall.

  4. jdjonesdr

    Looks like it’s been used as a parts car for another one and this is what’s left.

  5. Joe Haska

    This car was a Model B, the big circular bracket on the firewall was for the 4 cylinder. Doubt that is all, it ever had because the motor mount was in the way, and was always removed. Sport Coupe are rare, but they were never the first choice of Hot Rodders , coupes and roadsters were more popular, but sort of a catch 22 ,as there were more coupes and roadsters. This car either went fast or was pulled, at 5K, its not terrible, but I think if you look close, it would be a pass, not that much value there, a frame and pretty rusty body.

  6. Jerry Brentnell

    the 32 ford to find is the B400 or the victoria,

  7. Elwood

    This appears to be a Cabriolet, making it potentially quite desirable! No rat rod here – – restore this one. Brookville can provide you with steel roadsters all day that can be rodded to your heart’s delight.

  8. stillrunners LAWRENCE Member

    Sorry…Elwood…it’s a sport coupe….Cabro’s look just like a convertible with the top down…..here’s my 1930 – 68B.

  9. Joe Haska

    Body identification, 101 again. No doubt, 32 B-400 rarest 32 Ford, Victoria not so much, it is 2-door sedan with bubble butt, Sport Coupe, top does not go down, Cabriolet top goes down, and resembles a convertible, has roll down windows, Roadster no windows only side curtains.

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