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Ford Comète

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Ford Comète
ManufacturerFord SAF
Bouk an chassis
Cless4-seater sports caur
Body style2-door coupé
2-door cabriolet
(only 2 produced[1])
LayootFR layout
RelatitFord Vedette
Ingine2,158 cc Aquillon V8
till 1952
2,355 cc Aquillon V8
3,923 cc Mistral V8
Transmission3-speed manual
Lenth4,620 mm (182 in)[1]
Weenth1,740 mm (69 in)[1]
Hicht1,420 mm (56 in)[1]
Crib wecht1,290 kg (2,840 lb)[1]

The Ford Comète (forby kent as the Simca Comète) wis a car biggit atween 1951 an 1954 in Fraunce bi the Ford Motor Company's French subsidiary, Ford SAF Intendit as the luxury model in the range, the Comète's bodywirk wis biggit bi FACEL, who later produced the better-kent Facel Vega luxury caurs unner thair awn name. The oreeginal ingine wis a 2.2 L V8 produced bi Ford SAF o French design, uised in the Ford Vedette an aa, an a Pont A Mousson 4-speed manual transmission wis uised.

The oreeginal model haed a single, horizontal bar athort the grille wi a chromed shield or bullet in the center, somewha seemilar tae contemporary Studebaker products, amang ithers, an steel wheels wi chromed hubcaps. Awtho the caur's leuks, features an big quality drew admiration, the sma ingine rendered the hivy Comète unnerpouered an unreliable.

In 1953, a new "Monte-Carlo" model wis gien a 3.9 L V8 normally fittit tae Ford trucks; this ingine, befittin its truck heritage, delivered 78 kW (105 hp) but an' a' plenty o torque. Performance wis muckle improved, but the new ingine did no endear itself tae buyers; it wis no ae kent tae be a "truck ingine", but its lairge ingine displacement meant that its tax horsepouer ratin wis 22CV, makin for hie road taxes. This new model wis fittit wi wire wheels, a fake huid scoop, an a vera teepically Ford egg-crate grille (vertical an horizontal equally spaced bars). The French cawed this grille a "coupe-frites": a "french-fry cutter".

Durin the production o the Comète, Ford SAF wis taken ower bi Simca, an the final year's production wis unner the Simca name.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. a b c d e "Automobilia". Toutes les voitures françaises 1953 (salon Paris oct 1952). Paris: Histoire & collections. Nr. 14: Page 30. 2000.