Lot 300 - 1938 Fordson V8 Panel Van
|Odometer reading||41,650 miles|
|Estimate||£8,000 - £12,000|
|Result||Sold - £8,400|
1932 saw the introduction of the legendary Ford V8 'flathead', the world's first mass produced V8 engine and Henry Ford's last central contribution to the Ford Motor Company's engineering. The V8 in its most popular guise, the 3,622cc, 85bhp variant was to remain in production until from its inception until 1953 when the 'flathead' was superseded by the 'Y' block overhead valve engine.
The smaller 60bhp version was not a great success and was produced only from 1937 through to 1940 and post war the 4.2 litre Mercury version was also used in trucks and became the favoured engine of the hot rod fraternity. Finally there was the 5.5 litre edition for use in Ford heavy trucks and the 1949-1951 range of Lincoln cars.
This extremely rare British built righthand drive Fordson one ton panel van is powered by the popular 3,622cc, 85bhp unit with a three speed column change gearbox. Built in 1938, it features the 'Barrel Front' styling used only on the 1938 and 1939 Ford commercial vehicles.
The Fordson has been in a private collection of classic Fords for the past five years and kept in a heated garage. It has been restored at some point in the past but has seen little use while in the vendor's ownership. The Panel Van starts easily and settles down to a quiet and smooth idle while retaining the characteristic V8 rumble. It has been recently fitted with new centre and rear sections of the exhaust and a new battery but will require some light re-commissioning before being returned to the road.
Presented in an extremely smart dark red over black livery, the paintwork is in generally excellent condition and the Panel Van presents a rare opportunity to purchase an unmolested pre-war V8 commercial with car like performance.
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