1932 Ford V-8 Engine, No. 1

Summary

Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company revolutionized the auto industry once again in 1932 with the introduction of a low-priced V-8 engine. By casting the crankcase and cylinder banks as a single unit, Ford cut manufacturing costs and could offer its V-8 in a car starting under $500. Ford's original V-8 design remained in production, with modifications, until 1953.

Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company revolutionized the auto industry once again in 1932 with the introduction of a low-priced V-8 engine. By casting the crankcase and cylinder banks as a single unit, Ford cut manufacturing costs and could offer its V-8 in a car starting under $500. Ford's original V-8 design remained in production, with modifications, until 1953.

Artifact

Automobile engine

Date Made

1932

Creators

Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 

Ford Motor Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Dearborn 

Creator Notes

Made by Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan under the direction of Henry Ford.

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

00.136.120

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Metal
Brass (Alloy)
Paint (Coating)

Technique

Die casting

Dimensions

Height: 36 in

Width: 56.5 in

Depth: 20 in

Inscriptions

Brass plate on side marked: THIS IS V-8 NO. 1 MOTOR / HOLD FOR MR. H. FORD Silver plate on carb: FORD / TYPE NO. / MODEL 51 / C32900 / PATENT NO. 178287 / V-8 / MFD BY / DETROIT LUBRICATOR COMPANY / DETROIT U.S.A. On sparkplugs: CHAMPION / FORD / REG. US. . PAT . OFF / MADE IN U.S.A.

Specifications

Make & Model: 1932 Ford V-8 engine

Maker: Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan

Engine: V-8, L-head valves, 221 cubic inches

Horsepower: 65 at 3400 revolutions per minute

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