Browse Publications Technical Papers 2019-01-1255

Ford Specials of the 50s and 60s - a peculiarly British phenomenon! 2019-01-1255

The economic situation and government policies in Britain following WWII resulted in a dearth of new car designs and very limited availability of affordable new cars in the home market. This situation together with a surplus of experienced engineers now without work following the contraction of the fighter aircraft industry, resulted in the establishment of many small, vehicle manufacturing businesses. The Ford Motor Company had been producing a small car car in Britain, unchanged from1932 until its eventually being discontinued in 1959. As a consequence there was ready availability of low cost new and second-hand parts which could provide the maechanical platform for the Specials. The paper will describe this climate and some of the cars which resulted - the good, the bad, and the ugly! Also, the circumstances resulting in the demise of this enterprise and its legacy in Britain's current specialised car building businesses will be summarised.


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