1935 Ford V8 Opera Coupe
Many thousands spent on upgrades in preparation for rallies in UK and Japan
This car was originally built in the Ford factory in Canada, benefitting from “Empire preference” and shipped to South Africa where it lived until the late '80s.
It was purchased by the vendor about 15 years ago and the 3.3 V8 engine was totally rebuilt by Ford specialist Belcher Engineering. It was rust-free and didn’t require any welding.
It was decided to modify the car to make it comfortable to drive on today’s busy roads. It keeps up with modern traffic and according to the vendor is comfortable, handles well and stops well.
It has the following upgrades; Toyota 5-speed gearbox, front disc brakes, electronic ignition, individual high back seats with headrests and seat belts, fuel and cooling systems upgraded to cope with E10 fuel at ambient temperatures up to 45 degrees C, Michelin X radial tyres which improve the handling.
The car went on a four-week 'Samurai Challenge' rally across Japan in 2017 and was driven for up to 14 hours per day and was found to be comfortable, cruising continuously at 60mph for long distances.
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