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Street Rod Icons - 1933-1934 Fords

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  • Steve Peterson’s 1934 Ford 3-window coupe exhibits the classic low and lean look. - 1
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  • The rear ¾ view of Steve Peterson’s coupe show how much more the '33/34 lines flow, compared to Ford coupes. - 3
  • Chopped 3-window coupes look great regardless of whether or not they have fenders. - 4
  • A mail slot rear window is a notable feature of a chopped 1933/1934 coupe. - 5
  • A big blower, dual carbs, and a large scoop necessitate a hole in the hood of Steve Peterson’s coupe. - 6
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by Bruce Caldwell  More from Author

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Images by Bruce Caldwell and Jerry Heasley


The 1933 Ford is one of the most handsome models ever built by the company. It expanded on the 1932 model by smoothing and streamlining styling cues. The beautiful grille, tapered hood, and gracefully flowing fenders made the 1933/1934 Ford a poor man’s version of the coach-built luxury cars of the era. The look ties in with the art deco era. The nation was still struggling with the Great Depression, but the restyled Fords were something to cheer about.

The sleek styling of the 1933/1934 models (there are slight differences, mostly to the grille and hood, with the 1933s having a little more curve than the straighter 1934 components) became even slicker when the roofs were chopped. This cut-down profile of the 3-window and 5-window coupes (especially the 3-windows) became popular with dry lakes racers. That severely chopped look has continued to be popular with street rodders.

Another movie car, this time used in the made-for-TV movie The California Kid, starring Martin Sheen, boosted the popularity of 3-window coupes. The black movie car with massive flames was also featured on the cover of Rod & Custom. Its builder, Pete Chapouris, was an early mail order street rod parts entrepreneur and continues to innovate with his So-Cal Speed Shops.

The great popularity of 1933/1934 Ford roadsters has led to them being reproduced in fiberglass (including stretched “phantom” versions) and, more recently, in metal. Like the 1932 Fords, the 1933/1934 models are popular as coupes and roadsters, as full-fendered cars and highboys, and as 3-window and 5-window coupes.



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