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Old 06-19-2016, 03:10 AM   #1
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Default 1935 Ford V-8 D.M. Foursome Drophead Coupe

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I am looking for info and pictures on this car type I have the "remains" of. It is a rear specie of course as they were handmade coachbuilds. Does anybody know of other exemplars remaining? It would be helpful in the restauration to see pictures of interior and other details. I dont find any other pictures on the internet than what i am posting here. Picture to the left shows my car as it was in 1946 with the King of Norway in the back seat of it!
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Old 06-19-2016, 10:41 AM   #2
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Beautiful!
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Old 06-20-2016, 12:27 AM   #3
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Now that's a rare one for sure.
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Old 06-20-2016, 01:53 AM   #4
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That is a rare one for sure. Looks very European with the Suicide Doors and very compact Folding Top that you can actually see over.
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Old 06-20-2016, 06:13 AM   #5
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is it RHD? The photo's a bit fuzzy but it looks like it. This would make sense as it's British built. Dagenham Motors were a Ford dealership who made a small numbers of coachbuilt bodies on various Ford chassis in the 30s. Someone in the British Chapter of EFV8C might have more info. I don't know of any survivors myself. Be really nice to restore it.
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Old 06-20-2016, 01:23 PM   #6
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Interesting stuff here, Here is an original French brochure of a similar body style, sands the suicide opening doors and what appears to be a slightly different trunk layout. The second picture is what is listed as Karossiere Kellner which I believe to be wrong as the body tag in the lower quarter section is that of Karossiere Janier. The Janier body almost mirrors the Dagenham Drophead.
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Old 06-20-2016, 05:08 PM   #7
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Thank You all!
Yes the car was originally right hand drive, but has later on been rebuilt. The chassie, engine and front to torpedo origins from Canada. I belive they allso drove on the "Wrong side" that time (?) so that would work for the British too.
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Old 06-21-2016, 12:40 AM   #8
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Lars, do you have any pics of the car in it's present state? If so it would be interesting to see them.

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Old 06-21-2016, 08:27 AM   #9
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Thank You all!
Yes the car was originally right hand drive, but has later on been rebuilt. The chassie, engine and front to torpedo origins from Canada. I belive they allso drove on the "Wrong side" that time (?) so that would work for the British too.
No, we seldom intentionally drove on the wrong side at any time, but Ford Canada built a lot of right hand drive vehicles for export... ..B.
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Old 06-21-2016, 11:41 AM   #10
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thats an unusual body style - ive never heard of it and there isn't any references to it in any of the material I have about them. if you search on google it comes up with pictures of another, in Wigan UK of all places. http://www.wiganworld.co.uk/album/ph...lice&offset=40

however I don't believe the wording in the above forum is correct because the car on the left in the pics had roadster stanchions whereas the DM foursome drop head seems to have a fixed windshield like the cabriolets not the roadsters - also in the forum someone mentions a registration which doesn't match with the car in the picture so did they have a foursome drop head and a roadster or was the poster on the forum confused by something else?

On my '35 roadster, built in Dagenham, I have the little side lights on top of the fenders and also the trafficators on the side so these would be correct for a car built in the UK.

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Old 06-21-2016, 04:21 PM   #11
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Police in Wigan had money to burn if they spent £415 on a fancy coupe when a factory bodied car was £225 retail. I checked the DVLA (driver & vehicle licensing agency), neither of those cars is currently listed. Not that I seriously hoped they had survived. We need photos of your car, kingscar35.
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Old 06-21-2016, 04:22 PM   #12
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On 2nd thoughts, I bet Dagenham Motors loaned the cars for the publicity.
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Old 06-21-2016, 07:35 PM   #13
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Here is an upclose of the picture previously presented from 1946. And one I had from an earlier owner. Bumpers are missing presently (not sure if thy are original anyway?) So are the windows and the dashboard etc etc
A larger version you can see in the album on my profile, I don't know why they come out smaller here, I am new to this sorry.
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Old 06-21-2016, 07:44 PM   #15
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It would be interesting to see some pictures of your roadster. Does it have a wooden dashboard or metal same as the US ?
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Old 06-21-2016, 07:48 PM   #16
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Thanks petehoovie! My last post was for weemark by the way...
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Old 06-22-2016, 03:20 AM   #17
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my dash is metal same as US roadsters, everything is the same as US roadsters in fact, its just RHD. here are some pics - it has a banjo steering wheel on it now but other than that its exactly the same. that's a radio under the centre of the dash, the controls bolt onto the column, there is also a two bar heater under the dash you can just see in the pics.














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Old 06-22-2016, 03:33 AM   #18
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Here is an upclose of the picture previously presented from 1946. And one I had from an earlier owner. Bumpers are missing presently (not sure if thy are original anyway?) So are the windows and the dashboard etc etc
A larger version you can see in the album on my profile, I don't know why they come out smaller here, I am new to this sorry.
thinking about it you car looks like it has bumpers from a ford pilot, the rear looks a bit like a model 62 or a pilot as well. I don't think its clear from the pics but I wonder does your car have coupe/roadster rear fenders or if it has sedan rear fenders?
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Weemark, is your roadster body the same as the Australian version (based on the 5 window) with the longer roof or is it the same as the South African version?
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Vantage I don't know anything about these other versions sorry. It has the same dimensions as the us version.
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