Ford Prefect Reviews

1949 Ford Prefect E493A 1.2 petrol 4 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1949
First year of ownership1975
Most recent year of ownership1977
Engine and transmission 1.2 petrol 4 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance135000 miles
Previous carAustin Healey Sprite

Summary:

A low performance oddity

Faults:

Hmm. The engine became so worn that it couldn't drag the heavy little body up hills except with a run-up.

Replacing the babbit (poured) main bearings meant a line boring job, but replacing the valves was a breeze, the head was just a little cast plate, and there was no water pump or oil filter to worry about.

General Comments:

This car was advertised in the brochure still in the glove box when I bought it as a 'double entrance saloon', with exceptionally light controls and ideal for ladies to drive. They must have been giantesses in those days.

The car was seriously slow, and the beam axles and transverse springs (same as the Model T) made for exhilarating cornering.

I tipped it on its side one night, with five of us in it, and we climbed out, and set her up straight again, with only a little gravel rash on the fenders and oil leaking from the oil bath air-filter to show for it.

An odd little car, complete with an enormous valve radio and laminated windows all round.

All bakelite inside, and built like a little battleship.

An interesting stage of an automobile rake's progress.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th November, 2001

8th May 2006, 21:42

Has this car any collector value???

4th Jun 2006, 02:18

I had one of these little beauties myself back in 1961. You are dead right about the cornering ability or lack thereof. I managed to tip it on it's side whilst cornering at the top of Anstey's Hill (In South Australia). The only injury was my pride. I removed the body a couple of years later after suffering major damage after striking a kangaroo. I built a pipe and timber 'Ute' type body on it, and in this form, it carried me along much of the outback SA roads now travelled by the yuppies in their very pricey four wheel drive palaces. I travelled the Strazleki, the Birdsville track, much of the un-made road areas of the Flinder's ranges, untill I had a head on collision with a Land-rover on some massive sandhills along the dog fence at Quinembie sheep station. I managed to drive it, after wiring star droppers along the chassis, to the township of Milparinka in NW New South Wales, this was all back in the early 1960's. The car is still on the dump at the back of the shed at Coally sheep station.. Bill B.

1958 Ford Prefect 100E 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1958
First year of ownership1968
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.2 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles

Summary:

A classic car in both senses

Faults:

Engine renovation at 30,000 miles.

Gear box renovation at 65,000 miles.

Welding at various times.

General Comments:

The car is responsive and easy to handle. It has no need for power steering etc.

The car does not cruise at high speed, but then there were no motorways and very few dual carriageways when the model was launched in 1953.

It is a little thirsty, averaging about 33 miles per gallon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2001

1952 Ford Prefect 850 - 950 - 1150 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1952
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 850 - 950 - 1150 Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired82000 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles
Previous carLand Rover 88 SWB

Summary:

Class

Faults:

Everything.

General Comments:

I would like to know where to get the blueprints for it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th July, 2000

Average review marks: 5.5 / 10, based on 3 reviews