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Old 07-19-2014, 09:33 AM   #1
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Found and restored a unique one Ford Prefect Touring 1938 release.

Initially, the purchase and restoration of the machine decided that it is one of the rarest models KIM 10-51 Phaeton of which as we know is preserved only 1 model.

During the reconstruction found that KIM 10-51 cabriolet models were not characteristic of Ford Perfect Touring. bending of the door and we were very much interested! How could such a relatively rare model came to Ukraine and judging by her looks (see picture "before reconstruction") - for a long time.
(Through friends in the UK found out that the machine is English production and judging by the body number in 1938. year edition.)

Here's what we found out:
"Tenth of January 1939 of the CPC and the CPSU (b) issued a decree on the organization of production subcompact in Moscow at the plant named KIM. Modelling body engaged GAS. In February 1939 the staff NATI intensely experienced foreign models, including the Opel Kadett, Austin Seven, Adler Triumpf, Ford Prefect. Last recognized as the best in favor of Ford played simplicity and modernity of its design, as well as balance in some aspects (eg, its engine capacity of 1.17 liters after upgrades put on the European Ford in the early 1960s). In choosing a prototype played its role and credibility of the brand: in fact, it was Ford cars produced in those years GAS. But in contrast to the lorry and M1, development has not licensed: copy and had the opportunity to improve a foreign model.
New car, it was decided to produce two versions: KIM-10-50 with a closed two-door body and KIM-10-51 with an open body phaeton. Equipment for the production machine was commissioned in the United States. To the construction of the car was supposed to connect many enterprises of the Soviet Union. "

I think it is no secret that the Soviet Union had no imports and the borders are closed on the lock. And if something were imported from abroad is only by order of the Central Committee of CFS or direct instruction "elite." Moreover, not so long ago, the creators of the documentary TV series "Cars in epaulets" sensationally announced that it is on the commander Kim went prewar Soviet hero of the film "Four Hearts", but a detailed study of still pictures can uniquely identify the "mysterious phaeton" as Ford Prefect Touring . However, where the commander of the Red Army English auto?

Shot from "Four Hearts"

In this picture clearly shows that Ford was remade since the left wheel known in Britain drive on the right and left-hand drive vehicles are not allowed. In "normal" garage at the time, nobody could not do that just by the fact that while the technology for such ordinary citizens were not.
(Even in the film mentioned this military machine as "experimental") You can see that the front seats are not typical for Ford - it once again indicates that the model was redone for the tests.
We believe that this car has served to create a prototype staff midget cars. And was specially redesigned for the left wheel and the springs and frame have been replaced by analogues ready for mass production "KIM 10-51 cabriolet" manufactured "VMS" th. During test used by MOSFILM th for filming Four Hearts, where he first saw the world.
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