The Model 'Y' Ford was an instant success, but like any new car it was modified and improved during its lifetime. Between 1932 and 1933, 34,000 vehicles were produced , and 136,000 produced between 1933 and 1937.
For the first 14 months the original model with a short radiator grille was produced, this is known as the 'short rad'. After this in October 1933 the 'long rad' Model, with its longer radiator grille and front bumper with the characteristic dip was produced. By gradually improving production efficiency and by simplifying the body design the cost of a Model 'Y' was reduced to £100, making it the cheapest true 4 seater saloon ever. Both 4 door (Fordor) and 2 door (Tudor) saloons were produced and these could be had either with a fixed roof, or the slightly more expensive sliding 'sun' roof.
Also offered was an attractive 5cwt van which proved very popular with small businesses.
Ford did not produce an open topped Model 'Y' car because it was thought that the chassis was too flexible, however several specialist coach builders produced a range of attractive Model 'Y' tourers in England, Australia, France, Germany and Spain.
Some 17000 Model 'Y's were manufactured in England and approx. 11000 Model 'Y'-based 4/21PS Ford 'Köln's were produced in the Ford Köln plant in Germany between 1933 and 1936. The Model 'Y' was also known as the Ford Junior, mainly in Scandinavia, and the Baby Ford, mainly in Ireland. The Ford Y&C Model Register knows of some 1300 survivors world-wide.
Source: FORD 'Y'& 'C' MODEL REGISTER