1934 Ford V8 Model 40 Sports Saloon Coachwork by Holbrook Registration no. 164 HYO Chassis no. C18XF3760 Engine no. R1191281P
The V8 engine was no novelty when Henry Ford introduced the Ford V8 in 1932, but never before had such an engine been produced successfully in large numbers and at so low a price. Styling followed the lines of the superseded Model A, but with an extra 25bhp on tap the newcomer boasted a level of performance in an entirely different league. Development of the 221ci (3.6-litre) 'flat head' motor proceeded at a brisk pace and by the mid-1930s the V8's initial problems had been overcome and maximum power raised to 85bhp. Its teething troubles behind it, this remarkable engine would continue to power Ford automobiles well into the 1950s. A new X-member double-drop chassis on a longer (112") wheelbase - introduced for 1933 - was the first significant improvement made to the V8's running gear, while the first major styling makeover arrived on the 1935 season's models. This right-hand drive Ford V8 Model 40 carries coachwork by Holbrook of Wolverhampton, a relatively short-lived firm that is best remembered for its association with Alvis, supplying 'factory' bodywork for many of the Coventry manufacturers models. The company also enjoyed a fruitful relationship with Hillman. '164 HYO' was built in 1933 for the '34 Olympia Motor Show and has a unique and most attractive body boasting a particularly low roofline. The car has remained virtually untouched since then apart from the front seat bases, which have been re-covered; other than that the upholstery is original. Presented in un-restored condition and described as in good running order, this unique coachbuilt Ford V8 sports saloon is offered with Swansea V5 registration document.