Ford Prefect E493A
|1949 to 1953|
|Production||1949–53 192,229 produced|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door saloon|
|Engine||1172 cc Ford Straight-4 side-valve|
|Wheelbase||94 in (2,400 mm)|
|Length||151 in (3,800 mm)|
|Width||61 in (1,500 mm)|
|Height||63.5 in (1,610 mm)|
Post war, the Prefect design changed little until replaced in 1952. The headlamps moved into the wings and trafficators were fitted (internally lit semaphores springing out from the door pillars to signal left and right turns), though due to space restrictions these were left out on the Australian-built Ute. Only four-door saloons were available on the home market, the two-door sector being left to the Anglia but some were made for export.
The brakes remained mechanically operated using the Girling rod system with 10 in (250 mm) drums and the chassis still had transverse leaf springs front and rear.
A Prefect tested by the British magazine The Motor in 1948 had a top speed of 61 mph (98 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-50 mph (80 km/h) in 22.8 seconds. A fuel consumption of 33.2 miles per imperial gallon (8.51 L/100 km; 27.6 mpg-US) was recorded. The test car which had the optional leather upholstery cost £412 including taxes.
In standard form, they commented that it was the cheapest 4-door car on the British market.
192,229 were made.
A 1950 Ford Prefect E493A in the Heartbeat, TV Series.