Thank you for keeping turning out a splendid magazine. I would just like to offer some comments on the ’51 Ford article in the September issue [ No. 333]. The commentary states “These models were assembled in the US, Canada, and some even in Australia — it is likely that most of those that found their way here came from Australia.”
Actually, the 1951 Ford Custom Fordor was also assembled at Ford New Zealand’s plant at Seaview, Lower Hutt. The CKD (completely knocked down) packs were sourced from Ford Canada, as they could supply right-handdrive [RHD] versions. From memory, I think four packs of 48 — 192 in total — were imported.
Ford Canada and GM [General Motors] Canada stopped producing RHD vehicles in the 1960s. Due to the restrictive import licensing, the car imports were to very basic specifications — three-speed manual, no radios or heaters, etc.