Perhaps the strongest argument in the Ford vs Holden battle is the fact that Ford designed and built the world’s first ute. What could be more Australian than that?
The idea came about in 1932, when Ford received a request from a farmer’s wife for a car that was appropriate for the Sunday drive to church, but could also be used to take the pigs to market the following day. Lewis Bandt, a 22-year-old engineer from South Australia, was given the task and two years later the ute was born. Bandt’s design featured a comfortable cabin and a tray measuring 165cm long. It could carry 544kg and was even exported to the US, where Henry Ford dubbed the inventive design the ‘kangaroo chaser.’
Sadly, Bandt died in 1987 while driving home from filming his part in an ABC documentary on the ute. His design lives on.