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1939 Ford Eight Conversion Car Bodies Estate [7Y]

1939 Ford Eight [7Y] in Fifth Gear, Non-fiction TV, 2002-2015 IMDB Ep. 13.03

Class: Cars, Wagon — Model origin: UK

1939 Ford Eight Conversion Car Bodies Estate [7Y]

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Comments about this vehicle

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2491tj EN

2008-02-08 23:15

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TheHeartbreakKid15 EN

2009-12-19 19:56

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Looks like a Mark III/IV Austin Healey Sprite :S

Sunbar UK

2009-12-19 21:04

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Windscreen surround not A-H Sprite.
Wheel arch shape not Hindustan Ambassador / Morris Oxford.

Nearest I can get to it is a Standard Pennant but no better than 20% sure. Could easily be some other model.

kegare JP

2009-12-19 21:40

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Here are some more pictures of this car:

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dsl SX

2010-05-25 13:17

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Any experts on 1960s British fibreglass sports cars out there? Could be something like a Fairthorpe Zeta???? The shape of the door suggests a fibreglass coupe and not a conventional saloon.

dsl SX

2011-10-31 14:33

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Thought I'd flag this one up again, after looking at some Fairthorpe sources today, but still can't get a match. Anyone else want to play??

Sunbar UK

2011-10-31 14:42

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I had a file named blue car on my computer for some time now but I cannot find any clues. :lol:

Sunbar UK

2011-10-31 20:51

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My only thought is that its possibly Triumph Herald based if it is a fibre-glass coupe "kit car" design. I think the windscreen is very like a Herald and the whole front end could be of a similar size.

Any Triumph Herald based kit cars I can find go for a completely different look however and this one probably existed way back in the past.

Gamer DE

2013-10-05 20:21

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Not a 105E Ford Anglia? :)

dsl SX

2013-10-05 21:56

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Correct - not a 105E Ford Anglia. I still think a 60s UK fibreglass body like Fairthorpe/Rochdale/Tornado etc, but no further forward in being more precise.

chris40 UK

2013-10-06 10:00

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I think dsl is right, but I can't find a kit car that matches. However one thing suggests itself to me: that front wheel ... VW? 2cv?

-- Last edit: 2013-10-06 10:01:13

barrett UK

2014-01-28 23:39

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Well, I have been frustrated by the identity of this car since I first saw it on this site a few years ago, so today I decided to get to the bottom of it once and for all. Obviously there is no way to ID it purely on the strength of what is shown in these screen caps, but a quick search of the contents of this episode tells me that this sequence was filmed on the Exeter trial (probably in 2007/2008). There are, thankfully, full entry forms for all the Exeter trials available online, but I couldn't find any car in the list that would match.
Next I simply tried a google search of 'Exeter trials 2008 pictures' and managed, after a short while, to find this:
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Excellent!

For those not in the know, this is a Conversion Car Bodies Estate. I am something of an enthusiast of all 1950s/60s 'specials' but I know virtually nothing about this firm. Also, up until now, I assumed there were no survivors of the cars they built, so solving this one is doubly satisfying for me
[Image: th_conversioncarbodiesestate1_zps1691fab7.jpg]
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dsl SX

2014-01-29 00:45

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barrett wrote I have been frustrated by the identity of this car since I first saw it on this site a few years ago ...

+1. Excellent result. Looks like E494A Anglia wheels in the grey official photos, but a more modern body style - 60-62-ish themes?? - so something for old dead ones rather than a new-from-showroom conversion. How do we want to name it? Conversion Car Bodies as make and Estate as model??

Jale PL

2014-01-29 08:21

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"This was one of the many options to put a modern body an ancient Austin or Ford (8 hp or 10 hp) bases, sometimes with a newly developed chassis as well, sometimes with sporty aspirations in mind, sometimes less so like this production by Conversion Car Bodies Ltd., Naco Works, Lindsey Street, Epping, Essex, UK, who called themselves 'The 'Four Seater' Specialist' offering spacious estate and confortable saloon bodies easily fitted to Ford running gear (a lower radiator is the only modification needed). Plus flexible passengers who had to get out at steep hills of course..."

( http://www.autopuzzles.com/forum/index.php?topic=18632.0 )

If plates are DMP 10, then car is listed as Ford8 (yes, Ford8):

Date of Liability 01 01 2015
Date of First Registration 01 10 1939
Year of Manufacture 1939
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 1172cc
CO₂ Emissions Not Available
Fuel Type PETROL
Export Marker N
Vehicle Status Licence Not Due
Vehicle Colour BLUE

Jale PL

2014-01-29 08:35

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"After publishing this I had an interesting e-mail from Stuart Cairney ....Enjoyed reading the Edinburgh report, one minor correction - on this occasion David Child was driving his Pop based special (the one that looks like an estate car, reg DMP 10 I think, ex Mike Furse? (Note from Michael - Yes this is right. Mike did own this car which he affectionately called "Dump" I wrote about this in the Falcon version of Classical Gas and it's on my list of stuff to publish on the web when I get the time). I believe he still owns the Pop which, I assume, was being driven by one of his mates. Incidentally the guy I used to bounce for was the late John Simmons-Hodge who owned the Pop prior to David Child."

( http://www.classictrials.co.uk/Gas02111.htm )

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