Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Your Letters -

This 1950s pho­to­graph is of a ru­ral garage op­er­ated by EF Bow­den and HE Smith. It is on the A12 Ip­swich to Low­est­oft road at Mar­les­ford and the site is now oc­cu­pied by Farm­cafe & Food­mar­ket (IP13 0AG). It is off a short ser­vice road, on the course of the old main road. The house just partly vis­i­ble in the dis­tance has a dis­tinc­tive arched dou­ble chim­ney stack and hip roof which it still re­tains, and in fact was once the Mar­les­ford rail­way sta­tion.

The reg­is­tra­tion of the more mod­ern car looks to be ei­ther G5289 or GS289 (and pos­si­bly another digit con­cealed by the over­rider). It has been iden­ti­fied as an im­ported 1946 Ford V8 Su­per DeLuxe Sedan.

In the garage, there could be a Mor­ris 8 (or pos­si­bly the orig­i­nal Mor­ris Mi­nor) with reg­is­tra­tion EV4232. The car parked out­side and to the right of the pic­ture is a fab­ric-bod­ied Austin 7 with reg­is­tra­tion UA4814. If any­one has de­tails about the garage or the cars I would be very in­ter­ested to learn more.

See­ing this Ford V8 makes me ask if large Amer­i­can cars were fairly com­mon in the UK in the late 1940s and early 1950s? I re­mem­ber in the mid 1950s my fa­ther had a Hud­son Ter­ra­plane shoot­ing brake and an aunt had a large blue slop­ing-back Chrysler. Charles White, Cam­bridge

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