Ford 7Y is First Produced
Ford 7Y is a car from Ford built in the United Kingdom between 1938 and 1939.
It was officially marketed as a Ford "Eight", and was a rebodied and slightly larger version of the Ford Model Y. During that time 65,098 cars were produced. The car was powered by a 933 cc, 8 hp Ford Sidevalve engine.
A minor facelift towards the end of 1939 resulted in the first Ford Anglia.
Unlike the Model Y, that was developed in Dearborn, the 7Y was the first 8hp Ford to be wholly designed and developed in Britain. Introduced in August 1937 and identified by its flat oblong grille, it resembled the 10hp 7W, but was only supplied in 2 door form, deluxe and standard, with the option of a fixed or sliding roof. Total Production amounted to 61,911 for the saloon versions.
A van was introduced at the Smithfield show in October 1937 and a fleet of 50 vans was supplied to the design of the General Post office. The heavier chassis and mechanics, especially the suspension and engine incorporated many improvements over the earlier Model Y, “easiclean” wheels being one of the most popular. Standard versions of the 7Y were not supplied with a spare wheel cover and have a different interior using leftovers from the Model C 10hp.