Ford Popular and The Small Sidevalves - Dave TurnerLondon: Osprey Publishing, 1984, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight but with a hint of age-toning to the margins.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Facsimiles; Tables;
From the cover: “Few cars achieve the familiarity necessary to make their very name a household word — Ford’s just pre- and postwar ‘people’s car’ did it easily, quite simply as the Ford Pop. When Mrs Ann Average or Mr Joe Public are persuaded into confessing knowledge of pocket-sized cars they go for the Mini, the Beetle, the Morris Minor and the Ford Pop. That is justification for this book alone. These Fords were very, very popular and so they remain today as the so-called classic car movement gathers impetus.
The Ford Popular, synonymous with the upright or ‘sit up and beg’ body style, is but one model name in a whole family of small sidevalve cars which started in 1932 with the 8 horsepower Model Y and ended some 29 years later with the last of the 100E models, in fact an estate and a van! Other names used sound familiar too: Model C Ten, Anglia, Prefect, Escort, Squire and Thames. Fortunately in this apparently complex (indeed, actually complex) series there is a strong connecting ‘guide line’ — the sidevalve engine — helped with just two chassis. In essence we have 8 hp, 933 cc and 10 hp, 1172 cc engines and a 90 inch wheelbase into which both engines were slotted and a 94 inch into which only the larger engine was fitted.
Dave Turner, longtime student of these hardy cars, has told the full story of the factory cars, the export ‘specials’, the foreign versions, the racing cars, the kit car specials, even a fairground elephant (powered by Ford).
We offer a superb technical and marketing story of a most profitable car, coupled with a strong social history of what must surely be the British folk’s wagon.”