Ford Britain launched the Ford Model Y ‘Popular’


Sunday 16th October 1932

Ford Britain launched the Ford Model Y ‘Popular’. It was the first Ford automobile specifically designed for markets outside the United States, replacing the Model A in Europe. The car was powered by a 933 cc, 8 (RAC)hp Ford Sidevalve engine. The little Ford was available in two and four-door versions. In June 1935 a reduced specification two-door model was the only closed-body car ever to sell in Britain for just £100, a price it held until July 1937The 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. The maximum speed was just under 60 mph (95 km/h) and fuel consumption was 32 miles per imperial gallon (8.8 L/100 km; 27 mpg-US). Even by the standards of the time, the UK-built Ford Popular like its major competitor the Austin 7, was found noteworthy for its “almost unbelievable lack of brakes.”


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