Ford 81C V8 Ambulance 1939

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Lot No: 57
Year Make Model Mileage SOLD FOR
1939 Ford 81C V8 Ambulance 3,263 (Not Warranted) £6250 + buyers premium


Well-Cared For: This 1939 Ford 81C V8 was aqquired by The Vendor acquired in November 2021 for £10,125, having successfully outbid fellow enthusiasts at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovil, where it had been part of their collection.

Great Maintenance: This ambulance boasts a rich history of service, having served in the Western Desert campaign during World War Two. After its wartime duties, it returned to the United Kingdom, bearing the distinctive BFN registration, due to it arriving and being registered in Canterbury. It continued its noble mission by serving patients in the UK until its well-deserved retirement. Remarkably, it remained within the same family’s ownership since the mid-1960s until 2021.

Comes with Everything: Finished in the eye-catching Stateside Yellow, this 81C V8 Ambulance is powered by a replacement French-sourced 3.6-litre flathead V8 engine, which propels it through the gears of a three-speed gearbox. It comes complete with an old-style Green logbook and a collection of old MOT certificates, offering a glimpse into its storied past.

Classic Appeal: This ambulance is certain to draw attention wherever it goes, with its oddball looks and unique history. It’s presence at shows and events is sure to be warmly welcomed, and its charm could even open the doors to the world of film hire.

Mixing Old and New: The 81C was produced by Ford UK in 1939, marking the culmination of their V8 models that had been introduced in 1932. While it feels mostly original, it features a replacement engine sourced from France.

Seller’s Insight: The Vendor, who has owned this treasure since 2021, holds a deep appreciation for its historical significance and has taken great care to preserve its authenticity and character. This rare find represents an opportunity to own a piece of history.

Auction Info: Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of automotive history that has served both on the battlefield and as a lifesaving ambulance.

Lot No. 57
Auction 27th October 2023 - 95% SOLD
Vehicle Make Ford
Vehicle Model 81C V8 Ambulance
Year of Manufacture 1939
Mileage 3,263 (Not Warranted)
Registration BFN329
Date first Registered 19/06/1939
Chassis Number 4851230
Engine Number 77E8056A
Estimated Sale Price £8,000 - £9,000

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