Ford V8 Pilot

Overview
Produced: 1947-1951, 22155 produced.
Types: Saloon,4 doors,4 seats
Estate,4 doors,8 seats(bench seat front, bench seat rear, and two fold down seats )

The first post-war "Big Ford" was the V8 Pilot, launched in 1947. The Pilot used the pre-war 22hp chassis combined with a 30hp sidevalve V8 which had been in service for some time. The Pilot featured Hydro-mechanical brakes and a column change gearbox and had a very transatlantic feel.

Although most Pilots were the standard four door saloon type a few other derivatives were also built. Other types of body included a rare pick-up version and an estate car. Some pick-ups and a handful of 6-light 7-seater limousines were made by outside coachbuilders. A special V8 Pilot Estate was built for the Royal family and is now displayed in the museum at Sandringham.

Production of the V8 Pilot finished in 1951, by then the Ford Zephyr had established itself as they new "Big Ford".

Source: Motorbase
Engines
CapacityConfigModelBore/StrokeCR
3622ccV8 SVFord Sidevalve V878mm x 93mm
Performance
Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
82 mph20.5 s17 mpg
Auction Sales History
Lot
Num
Description Auctioneer Date Hammer Price Hammer Price
(inc premium)
363 Ford F-1 V8 Woodie Estate Bonhams 7 Sep 2013 £23500.00 £27025.00
106 Ford V8 Pilot Shooting Brake Anglia Car Auctions 24 Aug 2013 Not sold
24 Ford V8 Pilot H&H Sales Limited 26 Feb 2013 - £6215.00
059 Ford V8 Pilot Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 28 Nov 2012 Not sold
013 Ford V8 Pilot Police Car Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 26 Sep 2012 Not sold
267 Ford V8 Custom Deluxe 'Woodie' Station Wagon Bonhams 16 Sep 2011 Not sold
061 Ford V8 Pilot Saloon Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 23 Sep 2009 £6750.00 -
423 Ford V8 Pilot Saloon Bonhams 12 Sep 2009 £6000.00 £6900.00
687 Ford V8 Pilot Saloon Bonhams 1 Dec 2008 - -
030 1951 FORD V8 PILOT H&H Sales Limited 27 Feb 2008 £6380.00 -
08 Ford V8 Pilot BCA 31 Jul 2007 - £2860.00
028 1950 FORD V8 PILOT H&H Sales Limited 22 Nov 2006 £4000.00 -
011 1950 FORD V8 PILOT H&H Sales Limited 8 Jun 2005 £6000.00 -
118 Ford V8 Pilot Saloon Barons 9 Mar 2004 £4400.00 -
019 Ford V8 Pilot (1950) BCA 1 Dec 2003 - $6099.00
562 Ford V8 Pilot (1951) Bonhams & Brooks 16 Nov 2000 - £1438.00
503 Ford Pilot Saloon (1951) Thimbleby & Shorland 17 Oct 1998 £3800.00 -
032 Ford Pilot V8 (1950) Parkes 15 Jun 1997 £5000.00 -
371 Ford Pilot V8 (1949) Brooks 8 May 1997 £6500.00 -
014 Ford V8 Pilot (1950) H&H Sales Limited 13 Jul 1995 £2200.00 -
443 Ford Pilot (1950) Sandown 26 Nov 1994 Not sold
061 Ford Pilot Woody (1950) H&H Sales Limited 17 Nov 1994 £2550.00 -
529 Ford Pilot Saloon (1950) Sothebys 17 Oct 1994 £2500.00 -
Books
Magazine Articles
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Article Buyer's Datafile - Ford V8 Pilot
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Publication Practical Classics August 1997
Buyer's Datafile - Ford V8 Pilot.
Article Henry's Trend-Setter
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Publication The Automobile September 2006
Henry's Trend-Setter - When Henry Ford decided to mass-produce a V8 engine, he set an unstoppable trend.  Jonathan Wood looks at the model's development from the 1932V8 to the post-war Pilot.
Article Timewarp Classics: No.8
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Publication Classic Car Weekly 20 April 2006
Timewarp Classics: No.8 - Ford V8 Pilot: 1947 - It's the late Forties and the dust of conflict has barely settled.  While most manufacturers are thinking of economy lightweights, Ford comes up with the Pilot.  ANDREW ROBERTS goes back to 1947 to investigate what was behind Ford of Britain's last V8 saloon.
Article Classic Car Weekly 17 January 2001 pg 12
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Publication Classic Car Weekly 17 January 2001
Buying Power. Chocks away. The Ford V8 Pilot was Dagenham's first post-war product and symbolised the rebirth of Britain's economy. Rob Bradshaw checks out a smart survivor.
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