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Ford Custom Tudor (1950)

Ford Custom Tudor (1950)

Known as one of the toughest on and off road races in the world, the Carrera Panamericana, has long been run and in the early 1950s Ford entered carssimilar to this one. The Tudor sedan was lightweight and rugged, and with a Flathead V8, which had proved reliable and durable, the car was ideal for the nlong distance event. Five decades later the same cars are still proving tough contenders, though this version has far more packed in than the original race machines. It has a similar chassis layout but is strengthened with a six-point roll cage. There are double wishbones up front and leaf springs at the rear, uprated and supplemented by anti-roll bars front and rear plus a Watts linkage on the beefy 9-inch (229mm) Ford axle. The Flathead has been bored out and stroked for extra displacement and power, and the gearbox is the ultra-tough Borg Warner T10 'Toploader'.

Ford Custom Tudor (1950) Specifications

Top speed:110 mph (176 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):10.1 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:290 ci (4,752 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:226 bhp (168 kW) @ 4,000 rpm
Max torque:240 lb ft (325 Nm) @ 2,600 rpm
Weight:3,112 lb (1,414 kg)
Economy:15mpg (5.31 km/I)
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