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1938-1953 FORD Prefect specifications


When launched in 1938 the Prefect was the first Ford to have a name rather than a number/letter designation. However, despite this radical move the car was little more than a mechanical update of the previous 7W but with a bulkier body and rear-hinged bonnet. Updates were few – in 1948 the headlamps were incorporated into the front wings and a taller grille was adopted. The 31bhp 1172cc sidevalve engine persisted until the end of production in 1953, by which time the Prefect seemed old-fashioned compared with its competition.

Production

  • Production:
    350,236
  • Price at launch:
    £352
  • Price (excellent)
    £3,200
  • Price (good):
    £2,500
  • Price (average):
    £1,100
  • Price (project):
    £450

Performance

  • Top speed:
    60.0mph
  • Power:
    30.0bhp
  • Torque:
    46.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    40.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Transverse leaf springs
  • Suspension Rear:
    Transverse leaf springs, triangulated radius arms
  • Steering:
    worm and nut
  • Bodyframe:
    chassis and seperate body
  • Transmission:
    Three-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    3950mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2388mm
  • Width:
    1448mm
  • Height:
    1600mm
  • Weight:
    762kgs

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