A few months after Ford of America opened its doors the big boss man - the eponymous Henry Ford - began pondering foreign markets. Could he punt his wares abroad? He could. Especially in England.
A well-named chap called Percival Lea Dewhurst Perry bought into the franchise after the men became friends. He set up Ford Motor Company (England) Ltd in 1911 from a showroom on Shaftesbury Avenue, selling the Model C and F. By 1914 he was sending off cars to 1000 dealers, and a shade before the First World War, Britain was Ford’s second biggest market after the USA.
Best of all, since its inception, the manufacturer’s been squirreling away as many examples of its historic cars as possible, and storing them in a massive shed in Dagenham. This is it. Prepare to say: “my dad had one of those!”