By: Bill Ballard .
The history of the Ford Motor Company and its associated subsidiaries throughout the world has already been well documented and it is not the intention to repeat the story here.
This book is devoted to the products of the Ford factories in England and Australia and is restricted to the "Upright" and "100E" ranges of 4 cylinder, sidevalve engined vehicles built between 1932 and 1962. Known collectively as "the English Small Fond Sidevalves", or just simply as "Sidevalves" or, as indicated by the title of this book, "Small Fords", these ranges of vehicles have, with very few exceptions, often been skimped if not entirely omitted from previous histories of the Company, and this book is an attempt to redress the balance.
After all, when you consider that the ranges of vehicles expounded upon cover 23 marques with their own, separate, identification codes which, when you also take into consideration styling changes and the various body types (2 and 4 door saloons; tourers; coupes; estate cars; utilities and vans), expand to over 110 different variants, it is a spread of vehicles worthy of a volume to itself.
For the sake of completeness and to give the book wider appeal, the scenario has been expanded to include the 107E Prefect, which utilised the bodyshell of the 100E Prefect, but had the mechanicals of the 105E Anglia, a vehicle which is outside the scope of this book. It also includes the Australian built or assembled variants or derivatives.