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Ford V8 Cabriolet in Louwman Museum, The Hague, Netherlands
Ford V8 Cabriolet in Louwman Museum, The Hague, Netherlands

uploaded by: Mathias Zondervan

Description: Ford V8 Cabriolet, 1937 (USA)

Engine: 2.2-litre      Eight-Cylinder      Power: 60 HP

Louwman Collection

HRH Prince Bernhard and HRH Princess Juliana of the Netherlands travelled in a similar Ford V8 during their honeymoon in 1937. Later that year, on the 29th of November, the Prince, who was driving the Ford, was seriously injured when he collided with a sand lorry just outside Amsterdam. He suffered multiple broken ribs and a skull fracture and was hospitalised for six weeks. He had back problems for the rest of his life. The Ford was completely wrecked in the accident. Thanks to the reliable, quiet V8 engine, the Ford Motor Company survived the Depression. Although the V8 engine was not a new concept, it had not yet been widely used in America. Most engines in series production cars were inline six-or eight-cylinder types. Ford's V8 had a 90-degree block angle and the camshaft was situated between the two cylinder banks. One million Ford V8s were sold in 1935, and a year later a Ford V8 won the Monte Carlo Rallye.

Source of information: Louwman Museum, The Hague, Netherlands

Author (source) of image: Personal archive

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