Yesterday, on one of my numerous rambles through Mallorca’s back alleys, I came across another unexpected find. The wrecked car shown here is not a Tin Lizzy which would have been the Ford Model T (built between 1908 and 1927). A Ford it is alright but, I would rather make that the Ford Model B, also known as Ford Model 18 (built 1932 – 1934).
I very much doubt that a car like this was ever sold in Spain, let alone in Mallorca. Not many landed gentry would have been able to afford such a luxury in Spain and less so in the years leading up to the Civil War. I suspect that the car was rather bought overseas by an erstwhile Mallorcan emigrant who had subsequently made his fortune in South America, perhaps Argentina or Cuba, and had then brought the automobile back to Mallorca upon his return to the land of his forebears, possibly after 1940. Or perhaps I have inadvertently trespassed on a former property of Joan March Ordinas, not quite yet gentrified in the early Thirties.
It is a shame that the coche is in this quite lamentable state and seems rather beyond repair. Fully intact Model B examples have become rare, even in the USA.
The photo was taken near Artà, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: September 6th, 2011. The time was 18:24:20.