1960 Ford Falcon XK

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So, just when you thought you’d never hear this from a Holden guy, here it is, the Mighty Ford Falcon.

Better still, it’s parked out front of the best pub in town, Parrotdog Bar in Lyall Bay Wellington. Even better than that though, we down tools on Fridays and head-off to Parrotdog for a couple of ‘quiets’ before picking up the fish ‘n chips … no wait … and today’s Friday!

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Ford Prefect 107E

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This is British Ford at it’s very best (debatable I know, but let’s run with it for now). Even into the 1950s, car styling hadn’t really changed in Britain from the sit-up-and-beg look of the 1930s and 1940s (a tad distracted by the war I guess). Then, in 1953, Ford produced this ‘modern’ shape and it was a revelation. These simple, robust cars sold like hot cakes. They had features like hydraulic brakes and independent front suspensions but in true Ford spirit they were sparse inside – heaters and sun visors were extra. The windscreen wipers weren’t extra but were powered by a cheap-to-make vacuum system with one minor flaw – the faster the cars went, the slower the wipers worked. Bit of an issue in Britain I would have thought? But, despite their simplicity, the new Prefect heralded (that’s a wee Triumph joke there) in a new optimism that an austere Britain was only just starting to feel.

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