1947 Ford E83W 'Thames' Pickup  Chassis no. 1C/1234325 Engine no. C43807
Lot 504
1947 Ford E83W 'Thames' Pickup Chassis no. 1C/1234325 Engine no. C43807
Sold for £4,140 (US$ 6,954) inc. premium
Lot Details
1947 Ford E83W 'Thames' Pickup
Registration no. MSV 859
Chassis no. 1C/1234325
Engine no. C43807


  • Built at the Dagenham factory between 1938 and 1957, including the war years, the E83W (also sold as a Fordson) was a half-ton light commercial vehicle powered by the ubiquitous 1,172cc side-valve engine found in Ford's contemporary small passenger cars. An all-new 'semi-forward control' design, the E83W borrowed little else apart from the three-speed gearbox internals and some switchgear from Ford's passenger car range. The engine was offset (to the nearside on right-hand drive models) and took up footwell space, so the passenger seat was an option. Briggs Motor Bodies supplied the van bodywork, and the E83W was also available in chassis and chassis/cab forms. Just about the most significant change made during the E83W's 19-year life was the adoption of the 'Thames' name in 1952, and the vehicle remained essentially unchanged mechanically until production ceased.

    This example was purchased three years ago, the owner at that time having discovered it in a field. The vehicle was then restored by the vendor, apart from some aspects of the bodywork, and thoroughly overhauled at a cost of £3,000 (photographs on file). Rock Garage of Brockholes, Holmfirth was responsible for the pickup body. The vehicle is described as in generally very good condition and offered with Swansea V5.

Saleroom notices

  • NO RESERVE This vehicle is now offered without reserve During a short test drive we were unable to engage 2nd gear on this vehicle.
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