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Lot 363: Ford F-1 V8 Woodie Estate

The Beaulieu Sale, Bonhams (7 September 2013)

This unique vehicle was constructed on a Ford F-1 light commercial chassis in Cork, Republic of Ireland. The F-1's most common incarnation was as a pickup truck, Ford's first such offering being the 'Delivery Car' of 1905, built on the Model C chassis. Although soon dropped, the concept reappeared on the ubiquitous Model T chassis in 1912 and when Henry Ford introduced his trend-setting new V8 in 1932, pickups, naturally enough, formed part of the line-up. Post-WW2, Ford's first completely new design was the F-1 of 1948, which replaced the previous car-based pickups and featured modern, up-to-the-minute styling and a cab rubber-mounted to the separate chassis. The F-1 was available in eight different weight ratings with body styles that included panel truck, forward control, conventional truck and school bus, as well as the pickup. It was the first of the famous F-Series that would turn out to be immensely profitable for Ford; indeed, the F-Series pickup was the USA's best-selling vehicle for 23 years and the best-selling truck for 31. Engine options for the half-ton F-1 were a 226ci (3.7-litre) sidevalve six or 239ci (3.9-litre) V8. Its replacement for 1953 was the F-100, a half-ton model that would remain a fixture of Ford's commercial line-up, albeit periodically restyled and updated, for the next few decades. This right-hand drive F-1 dates from 1948 and has the 'flat head' V8 engine and three-speed manual transmission. It is believed that it was sold to the US Consulate in Northern Ireland for use by the Consul General's bodyguards. The vehicle was purchased by the current owner in 1996, the body and woodwork being fully restored professionally at that time by S T Foreman of Bosham, West Sussex. Since completion in 2007 it has been used to transport guests staying at the vendor's hotel on tours of scenic locations. Described as in generally good condition, the vehicle is offered with current road fund licence and Swansea V5 registration document.

Lot Details
Auction The Beaulieu Sale
Bonhams, Hampshire, UK
Lot Number363
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£23500
Hammer Price (inc premium)£27025
Condition rating2
Registration numberMSU 202
Chassis number98RCF118605
Engine number98RCF118605
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