The Model Y
is the first Ford
specifically designed for markets outside the United States of America, replacing the Model A
in Europe. The car was powered by a 933 cc, 8 (RAC)hp Ford Sidevalve
engine, and was in production in England from 1932 until September 1937, in France (where it was known as the Ford 6 CV) from 1932 to 1934 and in Germany as the Ford Köln
from 1933 to 1936. Smaller numbers were also assembled in Australia (where even a coupé version was produced), Japan, Latvia (branded as the Ford Junior) and in Spain (branded as the Ford Forito). Plans to build it in the U.S. were scrubbed when a cost accounting showed that it would only be slightly cheaper to build than the Ford Model B.
The little Ford was available in two and four-door versions. In June 1935 a reduced specification two-door model was the only closed-body car ever to sell in Britain for just £100, a price it held until July 1937.
Although of American design, the Model Y took the British market by storm, and when it was first introduced it made a major dent in the sales figures of Austin
, and Hillman
. It went on to take more than 50 percent of the 8(RAC)HP sales. In Britain it was also known as the Ford 8 reflecting its fiscal horsepower
For the first 14 months the original model with a short radiator grille was produced, this is known as the "short rad". After this in... Read More