Lot 247 - 1954 Ford Pilot Van
|Estimate||£28,000 - £33,000|
- UK registered from new
- Photographic history file of the restoration
Introduced by Henry Ford in March 1932, this was the worlds’ first mass-produced V-8, the legendary ‘Flathead’. With two banks of four cylinders set at 60° apart and a capacity of 3,622cc, it developed 65bhp in its initial single carburettor form. The ‘Flathead’ was highly amenable to tuning and rapidly became the engine of choice within America’s speed community and post-war, the standard bearer for the world of hot rodding. Post-war, the British Ford arm launched the new Pilot saloon featuring hydro mechanical brakes, a built-in jacking system and a column gear change. Initially equipped with the tax efficient 22hp motor, Dagenham soon reverted to the 3,622cc version. Power was up to 85bhp at 3,800rpm and the V8’s famous flexibility more than compensated for a three-speed gearbox with synchromesh on the upper two ratios; indeed, it was marketed as ‘a truly top-gear car...un-baffled by the steepest hills, unruffled by slow traffic speeds’. Costing £585 it was outstanding value for a car that could cruise at 60mph carrying six people in comfort on the bench seats and return 20mpg.
Originally registered on 1st May 1954 and although being a British built van and remaining in the UK since new, is in left hand drive guise. Having been restored to a very good standard and owned by a fastidious and knowledgeable enthusiast, this incredibly rare V8 Pilot van presents in beautiful condition. We are advised she drives every bit as good as she looks. A comprehensive photographic history accompanies STJ 228 showing the depth and quality of the restoration. Pilot V8’s were often built as a pick-up and therefore a great commercial vehicle for tradesmen because of their durability. Vans were built in far fewer numbers, and it is thought this could be the only one remaining. Supplied with a V5C registration document together with several invoices, this head-turning Ford is a significant piece of British motoring history.
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