Today in History: March 31


In 1932

Right out of the gate,

Ford offered the public*

A brand-new V-8**

*”The 1932 Ford was the long anticipated replacement for the Model A Ford. With the help of Edsel Ford’s keen eye for great automotive styling and the new V-8 engine, the 1932 Ford went on to become one of the most popular Ford models ever produced.”  []

** Pictured below is Henry Ford with his new V8 engine.



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  • "With the help of Edsel Ford’s keen eye for great automotive styling"

    But then consider the car named after him.

  • Have you found anything about why Ford's alphabet skipped suddenly from A to T and V?

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    T was first. The A came out after the wooden T became obsolete.

    There must have been other models, i.e. when Tesla proposed the Model E, Ford successfully asserted that it still held the rights to that trademark.

    If you want to question current alphanumeric model designations, try to figure out those from Mercedes Benz, and the mimicking ones from Acura, Lexus, and Cadillac. At least Lincoln is giving that up (the new Aviator is not the MkF).

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