The Ford Vedette wis a lairge caur manufactured bi Ford France SA in their factory in Poissy frae 1948 tae 1954. Introduced at the 1948 Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris, it wis designed entirely in Detroit (resemblin contemporary Mercury models), but featured the Poissy-made 2158 cc Aquillon sidevalve V8 ingine o Ford's Flathead engine family, the same as in pre-war Matford caurs. On the ither hand, the Vedette wis the first caur tae feature the new independent front suspension concept developt bi Earle S. MacPherson, kent today as MacPherson struts.
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Due tae the fact that the Poissy factory coud no resume complete automobile production immediately efter the war, mony vital components haed still tae be made bi various subcontractors, which reportedly haed an adverse effect on the quality o the caur an contributit tae its limited popularity. Ower the sax years in production, the Vedette wis available in several body styles, rangin frae the original 4-door fastback (wi rear "suicide doors") through the later 4-door saloon, a Sunliner 4-door landaulet based on the saloon (wi a roll-doun roof ower the entire cabin), a 2-door Coupé an, based on it, the Cabriolet Décapotable (a 2-door convertible).
Enter Mr. Lehideux
Unner the direction o the new company preses, Mr. François Lehideux, Ford France refresht the caur for 1950, an again in 1952, when the caur finally received a ane-piece windscreen, new interior an bumpers, better brakes, lairger trunk - an a cigarette lichter. The 1952 Mondial de l'Automobile an' a' saw a luxury version o the Vedette, the Ford Vendôme, fittit wi the bigger 3923 cc Mistral V8 ingine, previously uised in Ford France trucks. An' a' debutin in 1952 wis the 5-door, 5-seat Abeille (French for "bee") estate wi a twa-piece tailgate, advertised as baith practical (wi a payload o 500 kg) an comfortable.
Enter Mr. Pigozzi
Facin unsatisfactory sales results, as well as disruptive strikes at the Poissy plant at the turn o the decade, Ford haed been tryin tae dispose o the factory since shortly efter the end o the war. An opportunity arose in 1954, when Henri-Theodore Pigozzi, the foonder of the increasingly successful French automaker Simca, wis leukin for a new plant tae expand its operations. Ford France wis merged intae Simca wi baith the Poissy plant an the richts tae aw models manufactured there - includin a newly-designed new Vedette. The new caur haed debuted awready in France unner the name o Simca Vedette, but wis sauld as the Ford Vedette in some markets (includin Swaden, the Netherlands an Germany) at least till 1956.
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