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The 1932 Ford was a watershed vehicle for Ford, the automobile industry and American culture. Combining the innovative engineering of Henry Ford, in the form of the first mass-produced V-8 engine, with the design sophistication of his son Edsel, the ’32 Ford brought a new level of performance and flair to the general public. Years after its introduction, the ’32 Ford played a major role in another revolution – the development of the hot rod. Built from cast-off cars in backyards and small garages, and assembled by young enthusiasts with remarkable ingenuity and intuitive engineering, these cars performed far beyond their original capabilities and often rivaled the performance of the best in the world. The hot rod impacted many forms of motorsports and is one of the foundations of today’s $31 billion aftermarket industry.

Numerous events, museum exhibits, several books and wide range other commemorations aroundthe country are being planned to mark the 75 th anniversary of the 1932 Ford. Ford’s creation of the Hot Rod Heroes charity pedal car program, the list of “THE 75” Deuces and the planned display of the “75 Most Influential ’32 Ford Hot Rods” are designed to support and integrate with these other efforts. Ford will utilize the anniversary of its iconic 1932 model to celebrate the company’s heritage of engineering innovation, performance and design leadership. Ford Racing Performance Parts, Ford Powertrain and Ford Licensing are among the Ford components participating in the 75 th anniversary activities.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company(NYSE: F), a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures and distributes automobiles in 200 markets across six continents. With nearly 325,000 employees and 110 plants worldwide, the company's core and affiliated automotive brands include Aston Martin, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln , Mazda , Mercury and Volvo. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit www.fordvehicles.com. Additional information can be found on the company's Web site at www.ford.com.

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