The Ford Y & C Model Register was formed in 1979 to ensure the survival of the first "little fords of Europe", the 8hp model "Y" manufactured between August 1932 and August 1937 and the deluxe 10 hp models "C" and "CX" manufactured between September 1932 and March1937.
Knocked down cars were exported from Dagenham to the major European countries for assembly and also to the major Dominions and colonies in the British Empire. Australia built its own bodies for assembly on imported rolling chassis. Variations of the Dagenham model were also built in Germany (the Koln and Eifel).
If you own one of these classic cars or would like to know more about them then why not become a member of this group?
For information contact Bob Wilkinson Tel 01832 734463 or visit The Ford Y&C Car Model Register website.
Ford Model Y
The model 'Y' Ford was an instant success, but like any new car it was modified and improved during its lifetime. For the first 14 months the original model with a short radiator grille was produced, this is known as the 'short rad'.
After this in October 1933 the 'long rad' model, with its longer radiator grille and front bumper with the characteristic dip was produced. By gradually improving production efficiency and by simplifying the body design the cost of a model 'Y' was reduced to £100, making it the cheapest true 4 seater saloon ever. Both 4 door (Fordor) and 2 door (Tudor) saloons were produced and these could be had either with a fixed roof, or the slightly more expensive sliding 'sun' roof.
Also offered was an attractive 5cwt van which proved very popular with small businesses. Ford did not produce an open top car because it was thought that the chassis was too flexible, however several specialist coach builders produced a range of attractive model 'Y' tourers. Some 175,000 model 'Y's were produced worldwide and the 'Y' and 'C' Register has knowledge of approximately 700 survivors.
The larger and faster 10hp Model 'C' never sold in such great numbers as the Model 'Y' although there was a very attractive factory produced tourer. In 1935 the styling was enhanced with some small modifications and the model was designated the 'CX'.
Ford Model C
About 19,000 model 'C's and 50,000 'CX's were produced of which about 150 have survived.
As stated earlier, the Ford 'Y' and 'C' register aims to promote the continued existence of surviving vehicles and provides a spares service, of original and remanufactured spares, a bi-monthly magazine, technical advice and friendly gatherings for its members, with the emphasis very much on using and driving these little old Fords.
Last Modified on: 05-11-2015