Ford in South Africa

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Our Ford Model A Tour was shown on TV

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Ford Model A Tour on 1st April 2001 from Cape Town to Tulbagh.


First Ford sold outside North America

The first Ford to arrive in South Africa was a 1903 Ford Model A, which was
imported by Mr Arthur Youldon of Johannesburg.

In September 1903 Mr Youldon, an importer, was in New York where he saw
Henry Ford demonstrate his new car. He immediately placed his order with
Henry Ford, who informed him that it would be the first Ford to be sold
outside North America. The Ford Motor Company was founded earlier that
year, on 16 June 1903.

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The car only arrived in February 1904 in Port Elizabeth from where it had to
be transported by train to Johannesburg. This car survived to this day and
can be viewed at the Heidelberg Transport Museum near Johannesburg.

The first two Ford agents in South Africa are believed to be Arkell & Douglas
of Port Elizabeth and Georges Chapart of Durban. Mr Chapard, a Frenchman,
travelled throughout Natal and later also the Orange Free State, selling the
popular Ford Model N, the predecessor of the Model T.

Other early Ford dealers followed such as Mr H.G. Holmes of Kimberley who
later moved to Cape Town and Atkinson's Motor Garages of Bloemfontein,
which much later were incorporated in the McCarthy Group of companies.

During July 1923 Mr Holmes and Mr H.F.A. Stockelbach visited the Ford
factory in Canada to investigate the possibility of starting an assembly plant
in South Africa. Due to preferential tax and duty applicable to Commonwealth
Countries, it was advantages to source the kits from the Canadian Ford factory
rather than the USA.

This was realised in February 1924, when an old wool packing shed in Port
Elizabeth was used to start to assemble the Ford Model Ts.


1906 Ford Model S


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1906 FORD Model S


1908 - 1927 Ford Model T


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Ford Model T Engine
The Ford Model T had a 2.9 litre (176.7 cu in.) engine developing some 20 horsepower.

Ford Model T History 1908-1926


 

1912 Model T Brass

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1915 Model T Roadster

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1915 Model T Speedster

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1915 Model T Speedster

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1917 Model T Tourer

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1919 Model T Pickup

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1922 Ford Model T Delivery

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1922 Ford Model T Phaeton

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1927 Ford Model T Tudor

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Ford Model A Restoration


 

1928 Model A Standard Roadster before Restoration

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Start of Assembly after frame up Restoration

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Restoration of Rear Brakes

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Fitting of first restored wheel

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Fitting of engine

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Body panels are pre-fitted prior to final painting

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Assembly of painted body panels

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Final assembly of painted body panels

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Final assembly of the engine compartment

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First test run

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A new top has to be fitted

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The restoration is now complete

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1928 Ford Model A


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Ford Model A History
1928 - 1931

Ford Model A Engine

The Ford Model A offered a 3.3 litre (200.5 cu in.) side-valve four cylinder
engine which was larger than the T's 2.9 litre (176.7 cu in.) unit, and at 40
horsepower, twice as powerful.


 

1928 Model A Standard Roadster

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1928 Model A Standard Roadster

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1928 Model A Pickup

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1928 Model A Standard Phaeton

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1928 Model A Tudor

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1929 Ford Model A


1929 Model A Standard Roadster

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1929 Model A Standard Phaeton

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1929 Model A Pickup

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1929 Model A Sports Coupé

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1929 Model A Standard Phaeton

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1929 Ford Model A Phaeton


1930 Ford Model A Roadster


1930 Model A DeLuxe Roadster

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1930 Model A DeLuxe Roadster

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1930 Model A DeLuxe Roadster

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1930 Model A DeLuxe Roadster

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1930 Model A Deluxe Roadster

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1930 Model A DeLuxe Roadster

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Ford Model A Engine before Restoration

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Ford Model A Engine after Restoration

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1930 Ford Model A Phaeton & Sedan


1930 Model A Deluxe Phaeton

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1930 Model A Deluxe Phaeton

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1930 Model A Standard Tudor

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1930 Model A Deluxe Tudor

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1930 Model A Deluxe Phaeton

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1930 Model A Deluxe Phaeton Dash

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1931 Ford Model A


 

1931 Model A Deluxe Tudor Sedan

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1931 Model A Deluxe Tudor Sedan

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1931 Model A Deluxe Fordor Sedan

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1931 Model A Deluxe Tudor Sedan

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1931 Model A Standard Roadster

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1931 Model A Deluxe Tudor Sedan

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1931 Model A Standard Roadster

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1931 Model A Standard Phaeton

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1931 Model A Sports Coupé

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1931 Model A Deluxe Fordor Sedan

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1932 Ford V8


 

1932 Ford V8 Sedan

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1932 Ford V8 Sedan

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1932 Ford V8 DeLuxe Roadster

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1932 Ford V8 Cabriolet

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1932 Ford V8 Sedan Restoration

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1932 Ford V8 Sedan Restored

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1933 Ford V8


 

1933 Ford V8 Fordor Sedan

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1933 Ford V8 3 Window Coupé

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1933 Ford V8 Fordor Sedan

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1933 Ford V8 Pickup

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1933 Ford V8 Fordor Sedan

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1933 Ford V8 Fordor Sedan

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1934 Ford V8


 

1934 Ford Fordor Sedan V8

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1934 Ford V8 Phaeton

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1934 Ford Fordor Sedan V8

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1934 Ford V8 Roadster

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1934 Ford Fordor Sedan V8

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1934 Ford Fordor V8 Engine

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1934 Ford Fordor Sedan V8

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1934 Ford V8 Roadster

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1935 - 1940 Ford V8


 

1935 Ford V8 Fordor Sedan

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1935 Ford V8 Coupé

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1936 Ford V8 Fordor Sedan US Production

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1936 Ford CX De Luxe Fordor Sedan UK Production

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1936 Ford V8 Roadster

1936 Ford Roadster (Large)

1937 Ford V8 Fordor Sedan

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1937 Ford V8 Fordor Sedan

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1941 - 1970 Ford


 

1948 Mercury Eight Cabriolet

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1949 Ford Prefect

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1949 Ford Anglia

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1955 Ford Sunliner Convertible

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1955 Ford Zephyr 6

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1956 Ford Fairlane Sunliner Convertible

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1957 Ford Thunderbird

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1958 Ford Custom

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1960 Ford Zephyr

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1960 Ford Zodiac Mark ll

1960 Ford Consul 1.6

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1961 Ford Thunderbird Cabriolet

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1964 Ford Galaxie 500

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1964 Ford Zephyr

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1965 Ford Cortina GT 1500

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1966 Ford Corsair

1967 Ford Galaxie 500 LTD

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1968 Ford Zephyr de Luxe V6 Mark 4

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1968 Ford Mustang GT

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1968 Ford 17M 2000S

1969 Ford Fairlane

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1969 Ford Thunderbird

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1970 Ford Thunderbird

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1972 Ford Fairlane

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1975 Ford LTD Landau

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1980 Ford Escort Mark II

1980 Ford Mustang

1983 Ford Escort XR3 convertible


News Reporter


The NEW Limited Edition Centennial Ford Model T

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Just-Auto.com reports that Ford is working on a new limited edition of
the Model T. Ford Motor Company built more than 15 million Model Ts
from 1908 to 1927. Now, 74 years later, the company is bringing the
Model T back into production again but making only six. The 1914
Model Ts are being built at Ford's global headquarters in Detroit and the
company stresses they are not reproductions but are identical to the
originals with everything either original or hand-tooled from original
drawings.

The project is part of plans for Ford's global centennial
celebrations in 2003 and involved painstaking research on 700 parts
comprising the Model T. Ford wanted to use as many original parts as
possible and sourced around 450 of these through collectors. Other
parts had to be totally rebuilt including major ones such as the engine
cylinder block and head, front and rear axle, chassis and frame.
Ford's Model T-100 program team took 11 months to source all
of the parts and to build the first car.

Although the team didn't know it at the time, that's exactly how long it
took Henry Ford to build the first Model T in 1908. The cars are not
for sale but will be housed in museums following the 2003
commemoration.