The 1932 Ford three-window coupe was the first car in Ford's lineup to have a V-8 engine. This model came in a standard and deluxe trim and all models came with wire wheels, black fenders and a rear-mounted spare tire.
The 1932 Ford three-window coupe came with an eight-cylinder engine with a displacement of 221 cubic inches and a 5.50:1 compression ratio. Common features of the V-8 engine included the large holes in the blocks between the first and second cylinders and again between the third and fourth cylinders. The intake manifold in the engine was machined flat, unlike future engines where the manifold was raised. The V-8 engine put out 85 horsepower and at the time, Ford began using 24-stud engines.
The three-window coupe came out in the middle of the Great Depression, so Henry Ford had to load it with features while keeping the price low. At the time, the Ford three-window coupe, called the Model 18 Deluxe, was painted maroon or black with black fenders. It featured a single windshield wiper, dual-mounted lights, a rear-mounted spare tire with a metal cover, brown leather upholstery and light brown carpeting. Ford also included an elegant wood-grain dash panel, a rumble seat and gold pinstriping.