Westrand Car Show - 1936 Ford Model Y

Ford Model Y

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The Ford Model Y was produced mainly by Ford UK and Ford Germany from 1932 to 1937. It was the first Ford automobile specifically designed for markets outside the United States, replacing the Ford Model A in Europe. It was also known as the Ford Model 8 in the UK.

The Ford Model Y was powered by a 933 cc  8hp Ford sidevalve engine. The little Ford was available in two- and four-door versions.

The suspension was by the traditional Ford transverse leaf springs front and rear and the engine drove the rear wheels through a three-speed gearbox which, right from the start, featured synchromesh between the top two ratios. The maximum speed was just under 60 mph (95 km/h) and fuel consumption was 32 miles per imperial gallon (8.8 L/100 km).

Even by the standards of the time, the UK-built Ford 8, like its major competitor the Austin 7, was found noteworthy for its “almost unbelievable lack of brakes.”

The Model Y inspired Morris Motors with their Morris 8 and Singer Motors, with the Bantam.

Both 4-door (Fordor) and 2-door (Tudor) saloons were produced and these could be had either with a fixed roof, or the slightly more expensive sliding “sun” roof. It was also offered was an attractive 5 cwt Panel van, which proved very popular with small businesses. A Bakkie version was also available in limited numbers.

Ford did not produce an open-top car because it was thought that the chassis was too flexible, but several specialist coach builders produced a range of Model Y tourers.

Although of American design, the Model Y took the British market by storm, and when it was first introduced it became a major competitor to Austin, Morris, Singer, and Hillman.

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1936 Ford Model Y – SG2012 [CC BY 2.0] – Featured Image
1932 Ford Model Y Junior Tudor – Lars-Göran Lindgren Sweden [CC BY-SA 3.0]
1935 Ford Model Y Junior Sport Cabriolet – Lglswe [CC BY-SA 3.0]
1935 Ford Model Y Bakkie – Vauxford [CC BY-SA 4.0]
1933 Ford Model Y panel van – Charles01 [CC BY-SA 4.0]