1955 Ford Consul Estate

Highlights


  • Rare estate recreation
  • Retrimmed interior
  • A very clean example

The Appeal


There weren’t many estate cars on Britain’s roads in the mid 1950s, and even fewer have survived to today. So this Ford Consul has been lovingly crafted from a saloon, to turn it into a ‘Farnham’ Estate.

This huge task appears to have been exceedingly well executed, with the car only being completed in 2019, so it has seen little use since. 

A true ‘50s car, this Consul has all the chrome, flair, and practicality of the period. It is a masterclass in how to design a car which will stand out on today’s roads.


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The History and Paperwork


  • Started life as a saloon
  • Conversion to estate completed  in 2019
  • £8,200 invoice for retrimming interior
  • MoT and road tax exempt 


The Interior


  • Fully retrimmed 
  • New headlining
  • Three-seater front bench seat

The interior trim of this Consul Estate is simply in perfect condition, having been fully retrimmed with an £8,200 invoice on file. And the standard of the work appears to be very high. 

The matching red seats, door cards, arm rests and carpets go together perfectly and the headlining has also been replaced.

With a column-mounted gear lever and handbrake stowed neatly under the dashboard, the front bench seat truly is suited to carrying three passengers. These features are all fantastic examples of the ‘50s driving experience, with the addition of an in-keeping period radio. 

The Exterior 


  • Estate body conversion completed in 2019
  • Dorchester Grey paint in great condition
  • Whitewall tyres, sun visor, lots of chrome 

The most striking feature of this fantastic Ford Consul is the fact that it’s an estate. There are said to only be a couple of genuine original Farnham estates left, so this vehicle was converted from a saloon in 2019. We think this has been completed very smartly and gives this car its stand-out practicality.

Whitewall tyres and a sun visor over the windscreen complete the look of this great ‘50s estate, and the imposing chrome front grille gives the car a decidedly transatlantic aesthetic. 

The vendor states that the original jacking points are still present, which is testament to the overall condition of the vehicle, even before the major surgery to fit the estate rear end was carried out.

Overall, this is certainly an eye-catching vehicle which has received a huge amount of work in recent years and is sure to receive admiring comments wherever it is driven.

The Mechanics 


  • Drives ‘without fault’
  • Advanced design for the year
  • Clean engine bay

Ford fitted a 1.5-litre four-cylinder to the Consul when the model was released in 1951 and the owner reports that the car drives without fault. 

Unusually for a car of this period, it has a hydraulic clutch instead of mechanical linkage, and advanced independent front suspension.

The engine bay appears to be reassuringly clean, and there are no reported mechanical issues or foibles within the drivetrain. 

The previous owner found the best mk1 he could find for the conversion and then was recommended a master metal craftsman to do the work . They were then given access to inspect a mk1 farnham converted car at the gaydon museum to gain detailed photographs , notes and measurements. On close inspection the conversion is utterly seamless, And it is as good as the original Farnham.



Summary


Travel with a bit of ‘50s flair in this fabulous recreation of a Farnham Estate. This car has had attention lavished upon it and you can tell.

It will turn heads wherever it goes, and will certainly gain you access to any number of classic car shows this summer.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1955
  • Make Ford
  • Model Consul Estate
  • Colour Grey
  • Odometer 93,000 Miles
  • Engine size 1508
  • Town Leigh on Sea
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Essex
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
21 bids
  • young.e•••• £16,500 21/08/22
  • T J Bus•••• £16,000 21/08/22
  • young.e•••• £15,500 21/08/22
  • T J Bus•••• £15,000 21/08/22
  • young.e•••• £14,250 21/08/22
  • Gallows•••• £14,000 21/08/22
  • young.e•••• £13,750 21/08/22
  • mobilit•••• £13,500 21/08/22
  • young.e•••• £13,000 21/08/22
  • mobilit•••• £12,500 21/08/22

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