Tuesday 21st December 1948
Production commenced of the Ford E493A Prefect, the most inexpensive four-door saloon in the UK at £371. A Prefect tested by the British magazine The Motor in 1948 had a top speed of 61 mph and could accelerate from 0 to 50 mph in 22.8 seconds. A fuel consumption of 33.2 mpg was recorded. 192,229 were made before production ceased in 1953.