Ford V8 Pilot
1947-1951, 22155 produced.
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".
|3622cc||V8 SV||Ford Sidevalve V8||78mm x 93mm|
|Top Speed||0-60||SQM||MPG||Engine Pwr||Comment|
|82 mph||20.5 s||17 mpg|
|ISBN||Title||Publisher||Buy this book|
|1884089550||How to Build Max Performance Ford V-8's on a Budget||Brooklands Books|
Buyer's Datafile - Ford V8 Pilot
|Publication||Practical Classics August 1997|
|Buyer's Datafile - Ford V8 Pilot.|
|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.|
Timewarp Classics: No.8
|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.|
Classic Car Weekly 17 January 2001 pg 12
|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.|