Login | Register
SearchMy Stuff
My ProfileMy PreferencesMy Mates RSS Feed
Friday 23rd March 2012

SOTW: Ford Prefect

Shed travels back to the 50s for a spot of bargain motoring from yesteryear



Today's SOTW is unquestionably a left-field choice, but bear with us while we try to explain the merits of a 55-year-old car with less horsepower than your average moped...


True, the Prefect's 71 mph top speed and 0-60mph time of 32.2 seconds (as tested by The Motor magazine in 1957) is not exactly going to win you any drag races at the traffic lights. In fact, you might even struggle to keep up with modern traffic with only 1,172cc of side-valve engine to keep you bimbling along.

But classic motoring isn't about supercar acceleration (unless you own a Mercedes 300 SL, we suppose), or scraping the door handles on bends as you tear down your favourite B-road. As our vendor says, the '57 Ford has "so much more character than all this new rubbish," explaining no doubt accurately - if only semi-literately - that "its a wicked car n gets looks wereva it goes".


There's even (just about) a performance angle to the Prefect - its lightweight (and unitary, everybody say 'ooh') construction made it a popular choice for the hot-rodding set.

This one's got a whiff of Bonneville chic about it, too, with matt paint and whitewall tyres. Surely the perfect inspiration to stick a big six- or eight-cylinder drivetrain in?

Our cheery vendor also has a curious sales technique. Although he's popped the ad up for £950, he says he's willing to take £800 - nothing like haggling yourself down a bit before negotiations have even started. Even more curiously, one of the pics shows 3p-worth of coins lurking somewhere in the car, which is presumably some sort of cashback incentive...but we digress.


Okay, so all that text-speak means reading the advert is going to make your eyes and brain hurt rather a lot, and a car that can barely breech the national speed limit might not appeal to all, but it's got tax and ticket until June, VED won't cost you a penny anyway and it's surely yours for 800 quid if you want it. If you fancy a spot of seriously retro action and a rolling restoration to get stuck into, this could be the perfect car...,

Advert is reproduced below

Ford Prefect (Tax Exempt) 1957 - £950

ford prefect 1957. it has been matt blacked tinted windows white wall tyres 2inch lowering blocks new exhaust. i am regetingly having to sell my baby as my nipper cant get in it as it has no seat belts, its a wicked car n gets looks wereva it goes its not fast bt its got so much more character than all this new rubbish. under the engine bay is mint with te origional engine still there its my daily runner and hasent missed a beat yet but thats bearing in mind i havent driven long journeys. the front,rear and boot floor pans are mint except for a bit of rust the size ov a 50p which isnt bad for a 55yr old car. the body is strait as strait and again the only bad thing is the bottom of both rear doors has been fibreglassed but u cant c this unless u open the doors. it is motd n taxd untill june and all i no it needs is 1 brake pipe on the back and it shud fly thru. i really dnt want to sell this but its jst not practical im not going to except silly offers of 500 cuz i n wat its worth anything over 800 and its urs so unless you expect to pay that then plz dnt mke silly fonecalls. thanks dion




Riggers
2 3 ... 8 9
Reply to Topic
Author Discussion

JulianCharity

Original Poster:

47 posts

60 months

[news] 
Friday 23rd March 2012 quote quote all
It's not April 1st yet is it???

spencermit

29 posts

103 months

[news] 
Friday 23rd March 2012 quote quote all
NO NO NO = Is it s..t of the week?

Graebob

2,170 posts

93 months

[news] 
Friday 23rd March 2012 quote quote all
Some people have no sense of humour...

It's a great shed of the week!

Eighteeteewhy

6,918 posts

54 months

[news] 
Friday 23rd March 2012 quote quote all
And I thought my Corolla option was bad. hehe

Very...ummm...left field.


NotDave

20,951 posts

43 months

[news] 
Friday 23rd March 2012 quote quote all
must



not





buy
Advertisement

MonkeyMatt

5,318 posts

93 months

[news] 
Friday 23rd March 2012 quote quote all
What a load of crap hahahah! Though to be honest it would make an ideal first car for someone who wants to be a bit different!

Henry Fiddleton

1,285 posts

63 months

[news] 
Friday 23rd March 2012 quote quote all
Love it.

Drop in a bike engine for commedy value.

HF

B'stard Child

7,234 posts

132 months

[news] 
Friday 23rd March 2012 quote quote all
Most excellent choice - how much fun could you have with that biggrin

irish boy

1,393 posts

122 months

[news] 
Friday 23rd March 2012 quote quote all
We have a '53 one of these lying in the corner of the garage somewhere....haven't bothered to start it in over 10 years. My dad likes the older stuff but not really my cup of tea.

jimed

1,367 posts

92 months

[news] 
Friday 23rd March 2012 quote quote all
My first car was a Ford Anglia - almost identical to the Prefect so not sure what the difference was - maybe the 3 speed (+ reverse!) box or the vacuum windscreen washers which meant that if you were going up a hill they stopped working and then went like crazy on the way down the other side - those were the days! Not too sure but suspect that a heater might have been an extra.
Jim

GhiaX

227 posts

32 months

[news] 
Friday 23rd March 2012 quote quote all
Whilst I love old cars they have to be standard as they came out the factory. Once molested like this example has been, I lose interest.

Interesting variation on Shed though.

Tyre Tread

7,289 posts

102 months

[news] 
Friday 23rd March 2012 quote quote all
Must be one hell of a big 50p coin he has.

I like classics but this one has no merit unless you really are a fan of rusty Fords.

900T-R

19,448 posts

143 months

[news] 
Friday 23rd March 2012 quote quote all
When I saw the pic I thought "oooh, cute". smile

When I saw the ad I thought "probably not worth the hassle".

uncle tez

447 posts

37 months

[news] 
Friday 23rd March 2012 quote quote all
I love it. Would make a great rot/hot rod with a v8 stuffed in the front. Matt black with a little bit of red and white pin stripping. Perfect

g00chy

40 posts

33 months

[news] 
Friday 23rd March 2012 quote quote all
sooo much potential!!! my mk1 escort got a fun engine transplant

and tax exempt so if it hold together for a few years your going to save your outlay

miniman

17,085 posts

148 months

[news] 
Friday 23rd March 2012 quote quote all
I **really** want to buy that.

900T-R

19,448 posts

143 months

[news] 
Friday 23rd March 2012 quote quote all
jimed said:
My first car was a Ford Anglia - almost identical to the Prefect so not sure what the difference was - maybe the 3 speed (+ reverse!) box or the vacuum windscreen washers which meant that if you were going up a hill they stopped working and then went like crazy on the way down the other side - those were the days! Not too sure but suspect that a heater might have been an extra.
Jim
I always thought Anglias were the 2-doors, and the 4-doors were Prefects?

Leptons

2,433 posts

62 months

[news] 
Friday 23rd March 2012 quote quote all
That plus a £300 zetec would be a lot of fun!

PoleDriver

21,530 posts

80 months

[news] 
Friday 23rd March 2012 quote quote all
Always wanted to get one of these and drop a 3 litre Ford V6 in scratchchin

Riggers

1,851 posts

64 months

[news] 
Friday 23rd March 2012 quote quote all
jimed said:
My first car was a Ford Anglia - almost identical to the Prefect so not sure what the difference was - maybe the 3 speed (+ reverse!) box or the vacuum windscreen washers which meant that if you were going up a hill they stopped working and then went like crazy on the way down the other side - those were the days! Not too sure but suspect that a heater might have been an extra.
Jim
I believe three doors versus five was the main difference! smile
2 3 ... 8 9
Reply to Topic