Lot 273 - 1932 12918 Model B Bakers Van
|Odometer reading||87,000 miles|
|Estimate||£9,500 - £12,500|
|Result||Sold - £9,000|
Rather than just put out an updated version of the Model A, Ford launched a completely new model for 1932. The V-8 was marketed as the Model 18 in its initial year and simply called the Ford V-8. The Model 18 was the first low-priced, mass-marketed car to have a V8 engine, an important milestone in American automotive history. The Model B was derived with as few technical changes as possible to keep the cost low. Other than the engine and badging on the headlamp support bar and hub caps, it was virtually indistinguishable from the V-8. Its intention was to be a price leader and as it offered more than the popular Model A, this should have been a winning formula. In fact, the new and only slightly more expensive V-8 stole the show, and finally made the model B obsolete. While the V8 engine was developed from scratch, the Model B just had an improved four-cylinder Model A engine of 201cu in displacement producing 50 horsepower.
On offer is a very rare Ford Model 'B' Van; one of only 58 vans that were delivered outside the USA and Canada to the rest of the world and very few have survived. This example is listed as having one former keeper from new, a Mr. Andrew Jones Scott of Dundee who took delivery from Messrs Thomas Cuthbert & Son (Coachbuilders) on the 30th November, 1932 for William Millar & Sons, grocers and Italian warehousemen. Although missing the pull out shelves, this baker's van still retains some of its unique features; above the rear doors a panel can be pulled out to protect the delivery driver and goods from the rain when unloading, there is also a drawer under the rear doors for storage so the van area could be kept clear. The van still retains its original registration number YJ255 which was issued by Dundee Council. In recent years this Ford went to Ireland as a display piece but was not registered there, returning to the UK in 2012. Finished in green with black wings, this Ford Model B is running and driving very well and is supplied with a V5C registration document. In his research, the vendor found a photograph of the van parked in front of Messrs Wm Miller & Sons in 1934 and it is included in the history file. This is a rare and unique vehicle which could also prove lucrative for promotional purposes or period drama on TV or Film.
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