I am reliably informed that this remarkable survivor is a Ford Popular Model E93A,1200cc Side Valve engine, with 17" wheels and narrow profile cross ply tyres. Perhaps Tyro can verify?
Apparently, the electrical system was 6 volt negative earth with the windscreen wipers being operated via a vacuum reservoir linked to the inlet manifold.
Note the 'keyhole' shape in the middle of the front bumper to allow a starting handle to be inserted into the crankshaft pulley to enable manual starting. Them were the days eh?
I came across this on my way to the toilets at Camden Lock market.
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emka (84269) 2014-02-10 4:13
Hi Muichel, What an amazibng discov ery one can make going to the toilets! I also go sometimes but with no such spectacular results:). Amazing capture and black and white works here wonderfully.
WArm regrads MAlgo
Sergiom (65323) 2014-02-10 4:14
J'aime beaucoup cette composition. Il faut dire que cette vieille voiture est décorée de façon très originale. Un beau point de vue très bas qui lui donne de l'ampleur , une belle ligne de fuite et une belle utilisation du noir et blanc.
RhodieIke (11742) 2014-02-10 4:14
Well spotted this fantastic old relic all dressed up in stickers.
Great in B@W give it even a more oldie feeling.
Love it, will be looking out for it when I visit this area next.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-02-10 4:15
love this! it works perfectly in monochrome too, which is popular today. A fascinating and wonderfully original piece of arty and compelling imagery! Superb!
Have a good week - B.
Noel_Byrne (26635) 2014-02-10 4:49
This is some find, and not what you expect to come across on the way to find the toilets. Your idea to present this in black and white has worked superbly, as it brings out the various tones of the stickers and graffiti perfectly well. A beautiful angle you chose too, showing the form and shape of the car really nicely.
Cheers for this one, a cool and unique shot.
tyro (21632) 2014-02-10 4:54
Wow! This is brilliant! I wonder who went to all the trouble to paint this car in so many remarkable designs - and I wonder how long it was since this old lady actually turned a wheel?
In fact, I seem to remember having seen another picture (in colour) of this car and I thought it was yours. But, no, I can't find it in your gallery. But it definitely is somewhere on TE!
Yup, you're quite right - it is a Ford Popular E93A from the 1950s and this car was a pretty straightforward and unenterprising update of the pre-war Ford Ten. The engine was nominally 1200 cc but the actual capacity of it was 1172cc and it was typical of pre-war British engines in that it had narrow bores and a long stroke so, while it had good torque at low speeds, piston speeds were high, engine speed was pretty limited and bore wear happened quite quickly, these engines often requiring a rebore after only around 30,000 miles. About forty years ago, I had one of these, virtually the same running gear but in a more modern "monocoque" bodyshell: the same engine (now called the 100E) was uprated and produced a massive (!) 34 b.h.p. but still drove through a primitive three-speed gearbox. The wipers were still driven by a vacuum motor working off the inlet manifold so when you pulled out to overtake on a rainy day, they stopped: take your foot off the pedal going downhill and they went crazy. But it went and that's all I needed in those days. And the fact that it had a starting handle meant that I didn't need to waste a whole £10 on a new battery the whole time I had it.
A lovely photograph, well presented, and one that works very well in black and white too!
mirosu (15126) 2014-02-10 5:45
Excellent monochrome detail photo in perfect light, very good clarity. Superb car body details, excellent viewpoint. The well-chosen tight crop eliminates all unwanted distractions.
Very well done.
HOLIDAYS in MOUNTAINS
chrislo (4155) 2014-02-10 6:27
This one is a collector's item for sure ! A real piece of art, and your fabulous composition does justice to this deserving monument. The post-processing is excellent and the black and white choice suits this image perfectly. Very well done.
danos (89657) 2014-02-10 8:53
very nice presentation of this old but abandon Ford with the lot of graffiti to make it distinguishable.I like the B/W version as enhance its beauty and the graffiti.
lousat (81138) 2014-02-10 14:14
Hi Michael,i don't know if your black and white choice is correct,for me could be better to show us this car with its colors too,but i like a lot the pic,so original and so well done with precious detail everywhere.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
annjackman (20539) 2014-02-11 1:38
I knew John (Tyro) would get excited about this one! I also love it for the wonderful photographic quality. Really 'gritty' and powerful. I have started doing more b/w conversions (in Lightroom) and love the artistic effects that can be achieved. A flawless composition with everything in frame contributing to the story - love it.
Kind Regards, Ann
krzychu30 (15510) 2014-02-11 4:11
sometimes even an old wreck can become a piece of art!
Excellently captured!I like the wall as a backdrop for the car,I like also its painting scheme(which by the way brings great "chaotic"element to the scene)and finally yout perfect treatment in monochrome.
Have a good day
ktanska (25513) 2014-02-11 11:45
That has very special appearance. Clearly an object with a sole purpose of catching attention. And it does.
Good close and wde angle. Black and white is a good choice for those contrasty details.
macjake (60030) 2014-02-12 1:09
so THIS is where I parked my car! haha
what a beaut!
love the transition into black and white as well.
and that brick wall in the bg also plays a vital role as it almost mimics the car.
freaking awesome Michael!
willperrett (7844) 2014-02-17 0:48
My first car was a sit-up-and-beg Ford Pop. Not quite as garish as this, but it did have a go-faster stripe! Only 3 forward gears, wooden floor, and those vacuum windscreen wipers stopped working when you put your foot down! This works a treat in b/w, but it must have been very tempting to go with the colour version. I love it just the way it is. It's not quite a Jaguar...
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-02-20 11:10
Ah, decided to welcome me back with a Colin Hay lyric, did you...
Not sure one could find a spot to add anything else to this husk of a car. Great B&W choice - I'm sure between the car and the brick the color version would be quite busy, whereas the monochrome really lets us admire the crazy decor. Add to that a classic of American pre-war engineering and you've got yourself a winner here...
Hope you've been well.
- Copyright: Michael Wright (mjw364) (7516)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2013-11-17
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Nikon D7000, Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6 DC EX HSM
- Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-10 3:30