"The V8 engine was no novelty when Henry Ford introduced the Ford V8 in 1932, but never before had such an engine been produced successfully in large numbers and at so low a price. Styling followed the lines of the superseded Model A, but with an extra 25bhp on tap the newcomer boasted a level of performance in an entirely different league. Engine development proceeded at a brisk pace and by the mid-1930s the V8’s initial problems had been overcome and maximum power raised to 85bhp. A new X-member double-drop chassis on a longer (112”) wheelbase, introduced for 1933, was the first significant improvement made to the running gear, while the first major styling makeover arrived on the 1935 season’s models. ‘Greater beauty, greater comfort and greater safety,’ enthused Ford’s advertising, alluding to a range that had been restyled to be both lower and more streamlined.
By this time Ford’s sole model, the V8 was also built in its overseas factories and the right hand drive V8 offered here is an example of the 3.6 litre Model 78, of which 4,331 were manufactured in the UK between January 1937 and June 1938.
This car once formed part of John Mould’s ‘Paradise Collection’. Some work was carried out by a previous owner some years ago, which included the fitting of a new dynamo, battery, electrical and brake components, plus a small amount of paintwork renovation. The car is reported to start and drive well, with the owner stating that it ‘glides down the road as it should with the smooth 3.6 litre V8 sounding fantastic’. Finished in blue with brown interior, which is in wonderful condition including the dashboard which looks as new and with suicide doors, this car is offered with a current V5 registration document and being a rare right hand drive model, this makes it a rare useable classic on our roads.