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1947-1951 FORD Pilot V8 specifications


The V8 Pilot was the British Ford flagship immediately postwar. In essence it was an amalgam of the pre-war V8-62 model body with a new 2.5-litre engine. This proved not quite up to the task of propelling such a large lump of metal around, so the old and lazy 3622cc V8 that Ford used in so many wartime military vehicles came out of retirement. Despite the size of its engine, its power was just 85bhp, giving this lumbering but bulletproof beast a top speed of 83mph. Despite this, it proved popular as a police car.

Production

  • Production:
    21,487
  • Price at launch:
    £585
  • Price (excellent)
    £11,000
  • Price (good):
    £9,000
  • Price (average):
    £6,000
  • Price (project):
    £3,000

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    20.5secs
  • Top speed:
    83.0mph
  • Power:
    85.0bhp
  • Torque:
    140.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    18.5mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    V8
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Transverse leaf springs, anti-roll bar, hydraulic lever arm dampers
  • Suspension Rear:
    Transverse leaf springs, anti-roll bar, hydraulic lever arm dampers
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    chassis and seperate body
  • Transmission:
    Three-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4440mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2750mm
  • Width:
    1765mm
  • Height:
    1676mm
  • Weight:
    1473kgs

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