1. Ford V8

Even though the ‘32 Ford was just a regular, mass-produced and affordable everyday car, it changed history forever. This Ford became one of the most influential American machines due to a simple engine option, the Flathead V8. The 1932 Ford came with one of the best engines of the 20th century. And that was Ford’s effective 3.6-liter V8 engine with just 65 HP at the beginning of production.

Even though other carmakers offered V8 engines, Ford’s design proved to be the toughest. Soon, it became the definitive engine for anybody looking for power in an affordable package. Hot rodders across America found the Flathead V8 had serious tuning potential. Those ‘32 Fords became the favorite base for all kinds of modifications.