The Mini Pre-War Ford?
I’m fascinated by just how global the Ford Motor Company was by the 1930s. Henry had the vision very early to make cars regionally that suited the market they were built in. It made no sense to try and sell Europe on an entry-level American car that was far too large (and powerful) for their narrow roads and tiny parking spots, not to mention the cost of shipping them overseas economically. The answer was to locally build smaller versions of the Fords designed in Detroit, with styling like the E.T. Gregorie designs we got here in the US, but just a little pudgier styling, narrower bodies and very tiny motors. First came the Model Y which looked like a scaled down ’33 and ’34 Ford, but the real Beaut in my eye was the 1935-37 Model C Ten (for a whopping 10 hp!) in the UK, Spain, and Australia, also called an Eifel in Germany. Again, like a scaled down version of the same-year Fords we got here, available in a Tudor, Saloon, and Touring body style. They even made trucks and small delivery vans! I don’t know how many of these little cars survived the War, let alone made their way to our shores by way of a solider, but what a cool 3/4 scale pre-war custom these would make!!