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Ford Model 81A (1938)


Ford Model 81A (1938)

Ford were the first company to introduce a V8 in a mass production car in the early 1930s, and they continued thanks to massive public demand. By 1938 the engines were standard across the board, but other manufacturers were using them too and in particular Chevy, who regularly overtook Ford in sales. To compensate, Ford split its models into two distinctly different version, the Deluxe and Standard. This car is the Deluxe, shown by the grille splitting into two distinct arcs at the top, whereas the Standard had a vertical top. Little remains of the standard car underneath, except for a strengthened version of the stock chassis. A Mustang II wishbone suspension clip is fitted at the front, while the rear uses leaf spring on a live axle. Its Chevy V8 has received the mildest of tune-ups but still has plenty of power to make this a boulevard bruiser.

Ford Model 81A (1938) Specifications

Top speed:122 mph (195 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):6.1 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:350 ci (5,735 cc)
Transmission:4-speed auto
Max power:345 bhp (257 kW) @ 5,600 rpm
Max torque:360 lb ft (488 Nm) @ 4,000 rpm
Weight:2,350 lb (1,068 kg)
Economy:14 mpg (4.95 km/I)
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