Ford Model Y
Manufacturer Ford of Britain
Ford SAF
Ford Germany
Production 1932–1937
175,000 made.
Successor Ford 7Y
Body style(s) 2 and 4-door saloon, van.
Engine(s) 0.9 L Straight-4
Wheelbase 78 inches (1.98 m)
Length 141 inches (3.58 m)
Width 55 inches (1.405 m)
Height 64 inches (1.635 m)[1]
Curb weight 1540 pounds (670 kg)
Fuel capacity 29.25 L (7.7 US gal/6.4 imp gal)[1]

The Model Y was the first Ford specifically designed for markets outside the United States of America. The car was powered by a 933 cc, 8 (RAC)hp Ford Sidevalve engine, and was in production in England from 1932 until September 1937[1], in France (where it was known as the Ford 6 CV) from 1932 to 1934 and in Germany as the Ford Köln from 1933 to 1936. Smaller numbers were also assembled in Australia (where even a coupé version was produced), Japan, Latvia (branded as the Ford Junior) and in Spain (branded as the Ford Forito).

The little Ford was available in two and four door versions. In June 1935 the two door model was the only fully-equipped car ever to sell in Britain for just £100 sterling, a price it held until July 1937.[1]

Although of an American Design, the Model 'Y' took the British market by storm and when it was first introduced it made a major dent in the sales figures of Austin, Morris, Singer, and Hillman. It reputedly went on to thrash them soundly by taking over 50% of the 8(RAC)HP sales. In Britain it was also known as the 'Ford 8' reflecting its fiscal horsepower rating.

For the first 14 months the original model with a short radiator grille was produced, this is known as the 'short rad'. After this in October 1933 the 'long rad' Model, with its longer radiator grille and front bumper with the characteristic dip was produced. By gradually improving production efficiency and by simplifying the body design the cost of a Model 'Y' was reduced to £100, making it the cheapest true 4 seater saloon ever. Both 4 door (Fordor) and 2 door (Tudor) saloons were produced and these could be had either with a fixed roof, or the slightly more expensive sliding 'sun' roof.

The suspension was by the traditional Ford transverse leaf springs front and rear and the engine drove the rear wheels through a three speed gearbox which, right from the start, featured synchromesh between the top two ratios.[1] The maximum speed was just under 60 mph (95 km/h) and fuel consumption was 32 miles per US gallon (7.4 L/100 km/38 mpg-imp).[Entry need details checking]

Also offered was an attractive 5cwt van version which proved very popular with small businesses.

Ford did not produce an open top car because it was thought that the chassis was too flexible, however several specialist coach builders produced a range of attractive Model 'Y' tourers.

Some 175,000 Model 'Y's[citation (source) needed] were produced worldwide and the 'Y' and 'C' Register has knowledge of approximately 1250 survivors. 153,117 were built in England and 11,121 in Germany.

The larger and faster 10(RAC)hp Model 'C' never sold in such great numbers as the Model 'Y' although there was a very attractive factory produced tourer. In 1935 the styling was enhanced with some small modifications and the model was designated the 'CX'.

See alsoEdit

Ford Köln


  • Sam Roberts (2001). Ford Model Y. Veloce Publishing PLC, 224. ISBN 1-901295-88-5. 
  • Deutsch: Ford Köln
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Henry's Old Pop: comparison [of Ford Y] with Youthful Escort", Autocar vol 130 (nbr 3806): pages 45 - 47. date 23 January 1969. 

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