Ford’s Pilot saloon, produced from 1947 to 1951, was a rugged vehicle that featured a larger 3.6-litre V8 engine, an upgrade from the pre-war Model 62’s 2.2-litre version. The Ford V8, introduced in 1932, was a groundbreaking achievement, offering high production numbers and affordability.
With 25bhp more power, the Pilot provided exceptional performance. Ford’s UK production shifted to Dagenham in 1932, coinciding with the V8’s launch alongside the 8hp Model Y. The Pilot’s direct predecessor, the unique Model 62, debuted in 1937 with a 22hp ‘flat head’ motor and a short-wheelbase chassis.
After World War II, the Pilot was reintroduced, featuring the reliable 3.6-litre V8 instead of the initially planned underpowered 2½-litre version. With its combination of hydraulic and mechanical braking systems, along with built-in hydraulic jacks, the Pilot stood out as a capable family saloon with distinctive features.