Ford Milestones 1930′s

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1930 Fremantle Western Australia assembly plant opened in March and in later decades went on to produce much of Ford Australia’s Tractors.

In 1932 Ford introduced the first of V8 models and the first  small English Ford, the Model Y. The Model Y was the first Ford vehicle designed for markets outside the USA.  The cars were assembled in several countries around the world including Australia. The vehicle was powered by a 933 cc 8 Horse Power Ford Sidevalve engine.



The Ford Model Y

1934 World’s first coupe utility, Model 40, designed and built by Ford Australia. The Coupe Ute was designed by Ford Geelong engineer Lewis Bandt and and Lewis’s own Model 40 ute is proudly displayed at the Ford Discovery Centre.

302 Coupe Ute


The Worlds First Coupe Utility was designed and built in Geelong Australia

D.J. Sutherland and Flight-Lieutenant J. R. Balmer set a number of records in a 1934 Ford V8 in a marathon dash of 9,600km from Melbourne to Darwin. They did it in five days, 20 hours and 53 minutes – a rather blistering pace when you consider the state of the roads in those days!

1935 Ford introduces Model 48 with all-steel body and fabric top. The vehicle was of US design and has become very popular over the years being used as a hot rod body.  The vehicle featured a Flathead V8 Engine and came in a range of body styles.  The British designed Ford  Prefect released, this vehicle had a 10 horse power 4 cylinder engine.

Model A


Model A advertising from the early 1930′s

Ford’s Sydney assembly operations were opened at Homebush in the city’s west on  March 17 , 1936 and continued to produce cars until the mid 1990′s finishing with the popular Laser.
1937 Model 78 with first steel turret-top body on an Australian-built sedan. Ford Australia produced rail vehicles from 1937, they delivered several rail motors to the New South Wales Government Railways. The trains were basicaly modern streamlined passenger bus bodies built onto Ford truck chassis and had flanged steel wheels which would run on the rail system. The Ford train ran from Newcastle to the Queensland border.

1939 saw the begining of World War II and much of Ford’s production facilities converted to wartime activities to manufacture a range of products to help Australia’s war effort.