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1 July 2005
This lot is offered without a reserve
1953 FORD CONSUL FOUR-DOOR SALOON
Registration No. 748 AME
Chassis No. 112730
Engine No. 112730
Grey with red interior
Engine: four cylinder, in line, overhead valves, 1,508cc, 47 bhp at 4400 rpm; Gearbox: three-speed manual, column-mounted shifter; Suspension: front, coil springs with MacPherson struts, rear, semi-elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: drums all round. Right hand drive.
Launched in 1950 as an all-new mid-market range, the Consul represented a bold and important development for Ford. Visually it was a huge digression from the usual dull post-war fare, reminding especially the young of the early American shows that were beginning to appear on the new television sets.
The styling was just the beginning, however; the Consul was the first Ford to be of unitary construction as well as being the first British car to make use of MacPherson struts on its front suspension, two technical details whose success led to their repetition on the later Anglia Popular range. Powered by a 1,508cc four-cylinder overhead-valve engine which produced 48bhp, the Consul was capable of a heady 73mph top speed. This was through a three-speed gearbox which used a column shifter, thus allowing the inclusion of a bench-seat in the front - a popular detail.
This example is another fantastic example of a car that was once a common sight on Britain's roads. Its grey paintwork is original and remains in good condition, as is its red vinyl interior. This car has been kept in the museum for many years and is in need of recommissioning before being driven. It does, however, present an excellent opportunity to acquire a model which attracts an enthusiastic following, and one of which remarkably few survive considering that almost a quarter of a million were produced before being succeeded by the Mark II in 1956. A V5 document accompanies the car.
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