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Dutch Ford V-8 Models and a 1936 Convertible Coupe

Because of the unusual V-8 emblems attached to their hats, this pair of models at first glance struck us as space aliens rather than proponents of the Ford. Upon a closer look, they are seen wearing clothing made of special Ford cloth and apparently were going to be in a parade or promotion of some sort and posed for this photo. The Ford dealership was located near the town of Julianadorp, situated in the northern part of the Netherlands on the North Sea. The popular styling of the 1936 Ford was derived by updating the 1935 design with a new front end, rear fenders, and other features.

Starting in the Model “T” days, instead of exporting cars to foreign countries as many other automakers did, Henry Ford set up factories and assembly plants in the UK, France, and Russia along with other locations around the globe. Ford cars, trucks, and tractors soon became known and trusted worldwide which in time led to record profits for the Company.

Tell us what you find of interest in this photo courtesy of Archief Alkmaar.

13 responses to “Dutch Ford V-8 Models and a 1936 Convertible Coupe

  1. Direction indicators on the upper hinge. Not visible here are the tail light lens. Cars in Europe required amber/red lens, so Ford solved that problem with inverted Model A tail lights on post Model A vehicles.

  2. If I had one of those V8 outfits I’d wear it to the next EFV8 Club National meet. That was some serious advertising and promotions.

    • The hats on both girls are absolutely precious! We could use some whimsical advertising gimmicks like these now to lighten up our overly serious mindsets instead of overly dramatic helicopter/drone videos of cars racing across desserts, bridges and into LA`s 2nd St. tunnel.

      This is a great period photo!

  3. Sent the above off before finishing, but does anyone know what engine Fordson tractors were using in Europe at this time? Industrial versions of the Model A?

  4. After some searching, I found Fordson used the same engines for years and they were part of the frame, so not really automotive based. Flat heads forever. They supplied tens of thousands to the Soviet Union in the 20’s, and the Sovs of course made poor quality clones. By the time of this photo, most Fordsons were built in Ireland.

  5. I often notice in the pre WWII photos of automobile delearships hat right out front in a very prominent position there is a gasoline pump. I guess it made sense back then that in addition to all of the available services at an auto dealership a customer could also ” fill er up”!

    Nowadays, I doubt that you could purchase gasoline at a dealership.

  6. The Fordson Tractor was a Culmination of a series of “experimental” tractors commissioned by Hank Ford himself ! a variety of types were tried, — one important feature being: Gasoline Start /Kerosene Run!!! It was also discovered that: the “Model T ‘s “: (Roller- Timer/Buzzer – &Ignition points on each of the Four T Coils, — were not “hot” enough for Kerosene usage in “run” mode . Each Model T Coil ( of ’em) has 2 high voltage windings in Series . Each Fordson Tractor Coil (4 of ’em ) has 3 high voltage windings in series — for higher Spark-Voltage output: These are (Wood Burned – Labeled): “Tractor Unit” After using T engines, initially, a Major decision was made at the (1917 )beginning of Fordson production : The Whole engine was : (Fordson only) , rated at 20 Horsepower, 4inch bore by 5 inch stroke, a torque monster! The “style ” of engine /transmission Assembly mounting method to the rear axle was the fore-runner of All tractor designs for many years to come. It was Hank Ford who made the first “Doodlebug “experimental Tractors, — and during the Depression Decade, — many Doodlebug (farm-shop fabricated) tractors were made from Junked Ford Model A & AA TRUCK parts, as hardly anyone could afford a new Tractor!!! (Doodlebugs can be made from anything and have a large variety of jobs to do, on farms and elsewhere in industries & “other” Edwin W.

  7. Ford assembled cars in the port of Amsterdam . The assembly line was called “Nederlandsche Ford Automobiel Fabriek”. From the 30s till the 40s they assembled mostly V8s I believe. So the car in the picture is most likely to be build in Amsterdam.
    After the war they mostly build European Fords cars (Cortina/Taunus etc.) and commercial vehicles. But they also build a small series of Mustangs from 1965-1967! The Mustangs (around 400 cars in total) were only build on Saturdays, which was normally an non-working day.
    The assembly line was closed in the early 80s, sadly leaving 1400 workers without a job.
    Rob (from the Netherlands)

  8. Back in the 1980s, I interviewed Maurice Buckmaster, who had been hired in 1929 to help coordinate Ford’s European operations. He was sitting beside Henry Ford when in 1930 the motor magnate visited a new plant that was being built in Rotterdam on a site chosen by Percival Perry, head of Ford-Britain, who had been charged with developing Ford’s European empire. “Where’s the water?” queried Ford, who insisted on deep-water berthing for freight vessels alongside his production plants, as his chauffeur-driven Lincoln rolled on to the factory site.
    “A mile away, Mr Ford,” replied Buckmaster.
    “No water, no plant!” snapped Henry. The Dutch officials looked on in stunned disbelief as Ford ordered his chauffeur to drive on. The Rotterdam plant was abandoned in favour of a new site beside a ship canal at Amsterdam…

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