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.
Two factories built Fords in Spain, one in Barcelona and the other in Tudela. Also in Mallorca in the Twenties one small factory built small cars under the “Loric” brand). Big names in the Spain motor history have been reputed and valuable image: Hispano Suiza or Pegaso. ¿Big cars?…well, Nacional Pescara: 1931 first European mountain championship winner: 8 cylinders, 2960 cc. and… ¡180bhp! (Rootes compressor helped: see http://www.escuderia.com/webfile1.htm). Others: Elizalde (1914-28). In the year 1920 built cars with: 8 cyl, 32 valves, 8143cc, another model “Grand Sport” in the same brand: 4 cyl. and 5282cc, speed max= 160 km/h. “España”, another constructor of luxury and sports cars…
Spanish car history has been forgotten, the obscure postwar years and the international boycot only know “toros y sevillanas” for many years from the country, but Hispano-Suiza and Pegaso can fight for the fame with honorability.
The car featured in the picture seems to be the “Ford model Y”, four doors, built in Navarra, in the Tudela factoy. That can probably be a “national car”.
The car identification is in the bulkhead right hand side, you can read the model also in the engine block (stamped). You can contact me (privately) for more details (I restored one some years ago).