The 1932 Ford came with one of the best engines of the 20th century. It was Ford’s simple but effective 3.6-liter V8 engine with just 65 HP at the beginning of production. Even though other carmakers offered V8 engines for their models, Ford’s design proved to be the best and toughest.
Soon, it became the definitive engine for anybody looking for power in an affordable package. And that is exactly why the race officials chose the 1935 Ford V8 Convertible for pace car duty. Interestingly, that made it the first Ford they ever used as an Indy 500 pace car.