Ford Consul I convertible, 1951.
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Model. This car offered up to date engineering at reasonable prices and incorporated independent suspension, hydraulic brakes, integral construction and overhead valve engines in a modern three-box body without separate wings and running boards. The body is made of steel, with an integral construction with four doors and is fitted with safety glas all round. A single-dry-plate clutch is fitted and the gearbox has three forward speeds with synchromesh on top and second gears. The convertible hood could be semi-power operated, and could be fully lowered or only the front section removed, as seen here.