It wis a twa door, fower seat estate design, the brother tae the Ford Prefect 100E fower door saloon, sharin the same 1172 cc Ford Sidevalve 36 bhp (27 kW) ingine an ither parts an the same interior trim. It wis substantially shorter than baith the Prefect an the closely relatit Ford Anglia 100E twa door saloon. It uised the short front doors o the fower-door model because the bodyshell wis optimized for uise as a panel van (which wis marketed as the Thames 300E). The rear door wis in twa pieces split horizontally. The rear seat coud be foldit flat tae convert frae a fower seater tae a load carrier. Till 1957 there wur wood trim pieces screwed tae the sides o the vehicle.
The Squire competit in the same market segment as the Hillman Husky an the Austin A30 / A35 based estate: these wur significantly mair popular in the UK than langer estates at the time. Total production wis 17,812 caurs.
The Ford Escort wis a mechanically identical estate caur but based on the Ford Anglia which haed a lawer trim level. This proved mair popular an a total o 33,131 Escorts wur produced atween 1955 an 1961. Production o the Escort continued till 1961, twa years langer than the Squire.
The Breetish Motor magazine testit a Squire in 1955 recordin a top speed o 69.9 mph (112.5 km/h) an acceleration frae 0-50 mph (80 km/h) in 20.2 seconds an a fuel consumption o (7.91 L/100 km; 29.7 mpg-US). The test caur which haed the optional heater cost £668 includin taxes.
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- "The Ford Squire Estate Car". The Motor. December 8 1955.