Ford Motor Company traces its Australian roots all the way back to 1925, during the Roaring Twenties. Initially set up in Geelong, Victoria, Ford Australia’s first production model was the Model T, followed subsequently by Model A and the Ford V8 in 1932.
In 1934, Ford Australia released its latest coupe utility. This move came as a result of the Great Depression, when banks ceased to lend loans to consumers who wanted to buy ‘passenger cars’-in the belief that it was an extravagance not in keeping with the trying times that were then prevailing. The coupe utility was modeled as a ‘working vehicle’ designed to be the new workhorse of farmers.
During WWII, which broke out in 1939, and continued all the way up to 1945, Ford Australia ceased production of automobiles in order to help with the war effort. Japan’s threat to Australia loomed dangerously, and the Commonwealth was taking a severe beating from the combined forces of Germany and Italy in the Western sphere.