1949 Ford Prefect Saloon


• Low mileage
• Two owner car (same family) 
• Original through out 

The Background

The Ford Prefect was produced by Ford UK between 1938 and 1961 as an upmarket version of the Ford Popular and Ford Anglia small family cars. It was introduced in October 1938 and remained in production until 1941. Returning to the market post the war in 1945 and was offered until 1961. Like its siblings, the car became a popular basis for a hot rods, especially in Britain, where its lightweight structure and four-cylinder engines appealed to builders

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The History

This particular example was purchased brand new by the current owners father and has since been handed down so its had two owners in the same family. It has very low mileage and is dry stored so it is in almost time warp condition in terms of originality.

Unfortunately due to lack of use the owner has decided to make the difficult decision to part with this family heirloom.

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The Paperwork

There is a decent amount of paperwork with the vehicle dating all the way back to the original purchase at the dealer! There is also some age related paraphernalia such as fuel ration stamps which would have been required after the war.

The original paper stamped and handwritten logbook is present as is the more modern V5c. There are also old servicing records with hand written notes to go with the vehicle. A number of manuals and handbooks and a number of receipts for works carried out.

There is much original paperwork including the invoice from University Motors of Piccadilly London W1 dated August 12th 1949 in the sum of £392-5s-2d. There is also a full workshop manual included together with an owners handbook

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The Interior

The interior of this vehicle is very original and largely complete bar a few small carpet panels.

It has the original wooden dash and vinyl seats that are both in decent condition. There is some wear to the steering wheel and the covers that sit on the inside of the rear arches.

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The Exterior 

The exterior is in decent shape with a number of basic marks as to be expected with a vehicle of this age. Overall the paint is tidy with one notable crease in the rear drivers side arch. The car sits on its original steels which do have some surface corrosion.

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The Mechanics 

Mechanically the cars 1200cc engine runs ok and could probably do with being driven a bit more. It starts on the button and drives well.

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The Appeal

The Ford Prefect has a classic late 40s style to it and it was billed as a slightly more upmarket version of the Ford Pop. Today , due to its popularity with hot rod builders its quite unusual to see an original unmolested version.

It won't set any speed records but it is a very sought after classic that is still very collectible today. This being a low mileage 2 owner car which is 99.9% original, it has to be worth looking at.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1949
  • Make Ford
  • Model Prefect
  • Colour Black
  • Odometer 24,405 Miles
  • Engine size 1200
  • Location Somerset
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
4 bids from 3 bidders
  • Ma•••• £5,700 20/01/22
  • le•••• £5,600 13/01/22
  • Br•••• £5,500 13/01/22
  • Br•••• £4,990 13/01/22

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