Cars to Drive in a Lifetime: 1932 Ford “Highboy” Roadster

The 1932 “Highboy” Roadster from Ford is the most popular hot rod of the past. This is a good enough reason to do all you can and get behind the wheel of one of these babies at least once. Powered by a rumbling flathead V8 engine, a car like this can take you back to the good old days when $500 were just about enough to get you your very own hot rod.

Noisy, lightweight (usually less than 2,000 pounds) and fast, a 1932 “Highboy” Roadster needed about 5.0 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph and had a top speed of 140 mph, but they could go up to almost 200 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats. And to really have fun in one of these, you need to find a version that puts out at least 350 mph.

  • Claim to Fame: Most popular hot rod.
  • Soundtrack: The “Hot Rod Girl” movie soundtrack.
  • Where to Drive It: The best thing to do with a baby like this is take it across America for an unforgettable road trip.

1932 Ford Highboy Roadster (36) 

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