Investigations

32' Ford Roadster

The Case:

A man in Benicia, CA owns a 1932 Ford roadster that, upon purchase, had an engine too powerful for normal driving. Our contributor suspects his car was used for dry-lake racing, a sport that had its heyday in Southern California in the 1930’s, and 1940s.

In 1932, although America was in the midst of the Depression, Henry Ford forged ahead, designing a new model ’32 car with the first powerful V8 engine affordable to the masses. Was our contributor’s car among the popular hot rods raced out at the dry lakes?

History Detectives high-tails it to California to investigate one of the most iconic hot rods of all time.


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Aired:
Season 5, Episode 7

Detective:
Tukufu Zuberi Location:
California

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