Convertible elegance for the common worker

Ford Prefect Tourer

The

Ford

Prefect

is

a

line

of

British

cars

produced

by

the

UK

division

of

the

Ford

Motor

Company,

and

a

more

upmarket

version

of

its

direct

siblings

the

Ford

Popular

and Ford Anglia.

It was introduced in October 1938 and remained in production until 1941; returning to the market in 1945, it was offered till 1961. The car progressed in 1953 from its original perpendicular or sit-up-and-beg style to a more modern three-box structure. Like its siblings, the car became a popular basis for a hot rod, especially in Britain, where its lightweight structure and four-cylinder engines appealed to builders.

E93A (1938–49)

The Ford Prefect was introduced in October 1938 and built by the Ford plant in Dagenham, Essex. The original Ford Prefect was a slight reworking of the previous year's 7Y, the first Ford car designed outside of Detroit, Michigan. It was designed specifically for the British market. It had a 1172 cc side-valve engine with thermocirculation radiator (no pump) and the ability to be started by a crank handle should the battery not have sufficient power to turn the starter motor running from the 6 Volt charging system. The windscreen wipers were powered by the vacuum ported from the engine intake manifold as the car laboured uphill the wipers would slow to a standstill due to the intake manifold vacuum dropping to near nil, only to start working again as the top was reached and the intake vacuum increased. The windscreen opened forward pivoting on hinges on the top edge; two flaps either side of the scuttle also let air into the car. The most common body styles were two- and four-door saloons, but pre war a few tourers and drophead coupés were made. Post war, only four-door saloons were available on the home market, but two-door models were made for export. 41,486 were made up to 1941 and a further 158,007 between 1945 and 1948

Australian production

The E93A was also produced in Australia, in 1939 only, with the Australian-built 4-door saloon having an all-steel roof. 2-door saloon, tourer, 5cwt van, coupé utility and roadster utility models were also produced.

1939

Engine 1172 cc Ford Straight 4 side valve Power 36 HP Transmission 3-speed manual Lenght/width 3,8 m/1,5 m Height 1,61 m
Photos mainly by Matti Kreivilä. Historical facts and technical details of the vehicles provided by Wikipedia. Movies YouTube.