Ford Model CX Saloon
Ford’s Model T was called “The Universal Car,” and indeed it was built and sold in the same form the world round. By the 1930s, however, local taxation was biting into American market share. Ford, already with global reach, began to develop special models for local tastes and conditions. The first of these was the Model Y for Britain. Introduced in 1932, it had been styled in Detroit, a perky little car with distinct Ford cues and a chassis much like that of the Model A and B cars. The styling was so well received that it was scaled up for the “normal size” American Model 40 cars for 1933 and ’34.
For 1935, Ford got new styling in the US courtesy of Phil Wright, who had designed the Pierce Silver Arrow. This theme was then replicated in miniature for the British line, a Model C ten-horsepower car joining the eight-horsepower Model Y. The Model C, with a 1,172 cc L-head four, was joined by an enhanced Model CX later in 1935. Together they were manufactured for four years before being replaced by the new-design Prefect ten-horsepower car. Nearly 70,000 were built in all.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
60 bhp, 136 cu. in. L-head V8 engine, four speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs. Wheelbase: 90"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Stephen Goodal