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Our Ford Model A Tour was shown on TV

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.

Ford 03 Model A Red ssf1.jpg (49560 bytes)

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


1906 FORD Model S 


1908 - 1927 Ford Model T


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Ford Model T History
1908 - 1927

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


1912 Model T
Brass 

1915 Model T
Roadster

Ford 15 Model T.jpg (75333 bytes)

Ford 15 Model T Speedster.jpg (71911 bytes)

1915 Model T Speedster

1915 Model T
Speedster

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Ford_17_Model_T_sf66.jpg (67953 bytes)

1917 Model T
Tourer

1919 Model T
Pickup

Ford 19 T Pickup.jpg (72769 bytes)

Ford 22 Model T Delivery Black sf1.jpg (42501 bytes)

1922 Ford
Model T Delivery

1922 Ford
Model T Phaeton

Ford_22_Model_T_sf01.jpg (68456 bytes)


Ford Model A Restoration


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1928 Model A
Standard Roadster before Restoration

Start of Assembly
after frame up
Restoration

28 Ford Chassis.jpg (60620 bytes)

28 Ford Brakes.jpg (38976 bytes)

Restoration of
Rear Brakes

Fitting of first restored wheel

28 Ford- A Grey tyre.jpg (68002 bytes)

Ford 28 Model-A Roaster Grey Engine.jpg (52017 bytes)

Fitting of engine

Body panels are
pre-fitted prior to
final painting

Ford Moel A Panel Fitting.jpg (41948 bytes)

Ford 28 Model A Roadster Body Assembly 1.jpg (50411 bytes)

Assembly
of painted
body  panels

Final assembly
of painted
body  panels

Ford 28 Model A Roadster Grey bs1.jpg (37667 bytes)

Ford_28_Model_A_Roadster_ee2.jpg (57296 bytes)

Final assembly
of the engine compartment

First test run

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Ford_28_Roadster_Grey_sf6.jpg (63828 bytes)

A new top has 
to be fitted

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.


28 Ford-A beige fs.jpg (38685 bytes)

1928 Model A
Standard Roadster

1928 Model A
Standard Roadster

28 Ford-A beige d.jpg (50321 bytes)

Ford 28 Model-A Pickup Red.jpg (60378 bytes)

1928 Model A
Pickup

1928 Model A
Standard Phaeton

Ford 28 Model A Phaeton Beige sf.jpg (54531 bytes)

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1928 Model A Tudor


1929 Ford Model A


Ford 29 Model-A Roadster.jpg (71020 bytes)

1929 Model A
Standard Roadster

1929 Model A
Standard Phaeton

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30 Ford Bakki.jpg (46245 bytes)

1929 Model A
Pickup

1929 Model A
Sports Coupé

Ford 29 Coupe Green sf1.jpg (64027 bytes)

Ford_29_Model_A_Standard_Phaeton_Maroon-Green_sf11.jpg (45955 bytes)

1929 Model A
Standard Phaeton


1930 Ford Model A Roadster


Ford 30 Model-A Roadster Yellow fs.jpg (45230 bytes)

1930 Model A
DeLuxe Roadster

1930 Model A
DeLuxe Roadster

1930 Ford Model-A dark-blue b.jpg (41887 bytes)

1930 Model A
DeLuxe Roadster

1930 Model A
DeLuxe Roadster

Ford 30 Model-A Roadster Blue.jpg (39784 bytes)

swart2.jpg (43264 bytes)

1930 Model A
Deluxe Roadster
conquering the magnificent Swartberg Pass

1930 Model A
DeLuxe Roadster

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fordeng1.jpg (74595 bytes)

Ford Model A
Engine before Restoration

Ford Model A
Engine after Restoration

fordeng3.jpg (68704 bytes)


1930 Ford Model A Phaeton & Sedan


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1930 Model A
Deluxe Phaeton

1930 Model A
Deluxe Phaeton

30ford-ph-bk.jpg (21367 bytes)

Ford_30_Standard_Tudor_Sedan_Broen_sf01.jpg (107452 bytes)

1930 Model A Standard Tudor

  1930 Model A Deluxe Tudor

30 Ford Pheaton.jpg (42835 bytes)

1930 Model A
Deluxe Phaeton

1930 Model A
Deluxe Phaeton
Dash

30 Ford Pheaton dash.jpg (40663 bytes)


1931 Ford Model A


1931 Model A
Deluxe Tudor
Sedan

1931 Model A
Deluxe Tudor
Sedan

31 Ford Twodor Sedan Black sf.jpg (50713 bytes)

Ford 31 Model-A Fordor Black sf.jpg (49168 bytes)

1931 Model A
Deluxe Fordor
Sedan

1931 Model A
Deluxe Tudor
Sedan

31 Ford Twodor Sedan Black sb.jpg (52038 bytes)

Ford 31 Model A Roadster Charcoal Ken sff.jpg (84294 bytes)

1931 Model A
Standard Roadster

1931 Model A
Deluxe Tudor
Sedan

31 Ford Twodor Sedan Black d.jpg (51317 bytes)

Ford 31 Model A Roadster Beige ss1.jpg (41147 bytes)

1931 Model A
Standard Roadster

1931 Model A
Standard Phaeton

Ford 31 Model A Phaeton Blue.jpg (50899 bytes)

1931_Model_A_Ford_Sports_Coupe_ss1.jpg (23921 bytes)

1931 Model A
Sports Coupé

1931 Model A
Deluxe Fordor
Sedan

Ford_31_Model_A_Sedan_ssf01.jpg (43072 bytes)


1932 Ford V8


Ford 32 V8 Sedan Blue-Green sf.jpg (37287 bytes)

1932 Ford V8
Sedan

1932 Ford V8
Sedan

Ford 32 V8 Fordor Brown fs.jpg (47853 bytes)

Ford 32 Roadster Blue sf2.jpg (42640 bytes)

1932 Ford V8
DeLuxe Roadster


1932 Ford V8
Cabriolet

Ford 32 Restoration sf2.jpg (64854 bytes)

1932 Ford V8
Sedan Restoration

1932 Ford V8
Sedan Restored

Ford 32 Sedan Brown sf1.jpg (61624 bytes)


1933 Ford V8


33 Ford Sedan Red ss.jpg (31903 bytes)

1933 Ford V8
Fordor Sedan

1933 Ford V8
3 Window Coupé

Ford 33 Blue 3-window coupe.jpg (41153 bytes)

Ford 33 Sedan Red fs.jpg (47367 bytes)

1933 Ford V8
Fordor Sedan

1933 Ford V8
Pickup

Ford 33 Pickup.jpg (58397 bytes)

Ford 33 Sedan Red fs.jpg (47367 bytes)

1933 Ford V8
Fordor Sedan

1933 Ford V8
Fordor Sedan

Ford_33_Sedan_Maroon_sf05_S.jpg (54143 bytes)


1934 Ford V8


34 Ford Fordor Sedan Green fs.jpg (52157 bytes)

1934 Ford Fordor Sedan V8

1934 Ford V8
Phaeton

Ford 34 Phaeton Red sf1.jpg (38856 bytes)

34 Ford Fordor Sedan Green ss.jpg (40871 bytes)

1934 Ford Fordor Sedan V8

1934 Ford V8
Roadster

34 Ford Roadster Blue fs.jpg (63703 bytes)

34 Ford Fourdoor Green-rsb.jpg (42094 bytes)

1934 Ford Fordor Sedan V8

1934 Ford Fordor
V8 Engine

34 Ford Fordor Sedan Green e.jpg (66775 bytes)

34 Ford Fordor Sedan Green d.jpg (59497 bytes)

1934 Ford Fordor Sedan V8


1934 Ford V8
Roadster


1935 - 1940 Ford V8


Ford 35 Fordor Sedan brown.jpg (48065 bytes)

1935 Ford V8
Fordor Sedan

1935 Ford V8
Coupé

Ford 35 Coupe Red sf1.jpg (57668 bytes)

Ford 36 Fordor Sedan brown.jpg (45170 bytes)

1936 Ford V8
Fordor Sedan
US Production 

1936 Ford CX
De Luxe
Fordor Sedan
UK Production

1936 Ford CX De Luxe Fordor Saloon.jpg (27195 bytes)

Ford 37 V8 Sedan L-Brown fs.jpg (48783 bytes)

1937 Ford V8
Fordor Sedan 

1937 Ford V8
Fordor Sedan

Ford 37 Sedan D-Blue ffss.jpg (55545 bytes)


1941 - 1970 Ford


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1948 Mercury Eight Cabriolet

1949 Ford Prefect

1949_Ford_Prefect_sf1.jpg (41732 bytes)

Ford_49_Anglia_Blue_sf01.jpg (60618 bytes)

1949 Ford
Anglia

1955 Ford Sunliner Convertible

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Ford 55 Zephyr 6 White-Green sf1.jpg (48725 bytes)

1955 Ford
Zephyr 6

  1956 Ford
Fairlane Sunliner Convertible

1956_Ford_Fairlane_Sunliner_convertible_sf011_small.jpg (51211 bytes)

Ford_57_Thunderbird_Blue_sf01.JPG (53625 bytes)

1957 Ford  Thunderbird

1957 Ford Thunderbird

Ford_57_Thunderbird_Blue_sf01.JPG (53625 bytes)

Ford_58_Custom_Blue_White_sf11.jpg (36368 bytes)

1958 Ford Custom

1960 Ford Zephyr

60 Zephyr Red bs.jpg (39795 bytes)

Ford Consul 1.jpg (32167 bytes)

1960 Ford 
Consul 1.6

1961 Ford
Thunderbird Cabriolet

1961_Ford_Thunderbird_sf01.jpg (52703 bytes)

FORD_64_GALAXIE_500_black.jpg (56224 bytes)

1964 Ford
  Galaxie 500

1964 Ford Zephyr

1964_Ford_Zephyr_Blue_sf011.JPG (80590 bytes)

1965 Ford Cortina GT 1500 Blue .jpg (48924 bytes)

1965 Ford
Cortina GT 1500

1967 Ford Galaxie 500 LTD

1967_Ford_Galaxie_500_Ltd_Green.jpg (36459 bytes)

Ford_68_Zephyr_de_Luxe_V6_Mark_4_Silver_ssf1.jpg (41059 bytes)

1968 Ford Zephyr de Luxe V6 Mark 4

1968 Ford
Mustang GT

1968_Ford_Mustang_GT_Red_ss011.JPG (88165 bytes)

Ford 69 Fairlane Gold sf1.jpg (52768 bytes)

1969 Ford Fairlane

1969 Ford Thunderbird

Ford_69_Thunderbird_Green_sf011.jpg (103563 bytes)

70 Thunderbird.jpg (26267 bytes)

1970 Ford Thunderbird

1972 Ford Fairlane

1972_Ford_Fairlane_Black.JPG (52638 bytes)

Ford_75_LTD_Landau_Red_sf33.jpg (33674 bytes)

1975 Ford LTD Landau

Links to International Ford Gems

1929 Ford made 300 Eskimobile factory conversions for the postal service! 

Ford Model A
rescued from the
Taliban in Kabul

Taliban_Model_A.jpg (12026 bytes)

1929 Ford Model A Police Car at the Swiss Oldtimer Meeting, Obwalden

The 20 Millionth
Ford, a 1931
Model A, is found
and being restored

Ford 20 Million.jpg (86625 bytes)

Ford 15 Model T.jpg (75333 bytes)

Ford re-creates the first Ford built on the assembly line, the 1914 / 2003 Centennial Model T

News Reporter

The NEW Limited Edition Centennial Ford Model T

Ford 15 Model T.jpg (75333 bytes)

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 programme 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.


International Early Ford Links
Please note that while we are providing the links on our WebPages
for your convenience, we take no responsibility for the content
thereof, as we have no influence over these linked pages.


First Ford built in Canada  <>  Lionsgate Model A Club Canada 

Model-A Carburettor Page  <>  Canadian Model A Ford Foundation 

View Ford Model A Range  <>  Model A Club of Argentinia

Glen William's Model-A Friends  <>  1930 2-door Deluxe Phaeton

Model A Barnyard Restoration   <>  Detailed info on every Model T

Ford Model-A Restorers Club  <>  Model T Engine Re-Building

Ford Factory Shop Manuals on CD-ROM

Ford Body Spares, Tops & Upholstery Suppliers - LeBaron Bonney

Ford Model-A Club of America  <>  Ford Model-A in Denmark

Ford Model-A Club of South Australia  <>  Early Ford Pictures

Roy Bebee's Registry of Canadian produced Model A Ford's 



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