In1928, Ford Australia decided to continue the side of the passenger compartment straight back to the rear of the vehicle, then added a tailgate. This created a much
larger carrying area than the usual pickup bed and allowed for the capacity of a small truck in a standard sized vehicle.
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This vehicle was known by various names at the time, such as "Standard Utility Car", "Open Light Delivery" and "Roadster Utility Vehicle". The latter name was shortened to "Roadster Ute" and the vehicle is
affectionately known by that name to this very day.
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The "Roadster Ute" was a very rare and limited production vehicle, only manufactured from 1928 to 1938.

No records have been kept of the numbers produced, but enthusiasts estimate only a few hundred in each of the middle years (1933-1935), down to as few as 20-30 in 1938, the last year of manufacture. Very few examples of the model have survived as they were a work vehicle and were used and abused as such!

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In 1934, Ford Australia produced a "Ute" with an enclosed passenger compartment, known as the "Coupe Ute". Drawings of this vehicle were taken to Henry Ford in Detroit, and with his approval were put into production. The popularity of a sealed passenger compartment ultimately led to the demise of the "Roadster Ute".
Ford Australia has produced "Coupe Utes" in every year since 1934, (except for the war years), and continue to do so until this very day.
The Australian "Ute" is the replacement vehicle for the
American pickup and proves to be a popular model in the Ford Australia range.


May 1934 was to record a landmark event for Ford. This was the release of the Coupe Utility. It was at the request of a customer that the Ford design
office at Geelong, under the control of Lew Bandt, set about producing a vehicle which could provide
passenger car comfort yet carry goods.
Lew Bandt recalled the Coupe
Utility's birth-....
"Slim Westman came to me one day and said he wanted a front end of a V8 sedan combined with a Utility tray. He said Australian farmers needed a
vehicle with more passenger protection and comfort-- a vehicle which would give them all the comfort and economy of a family sedan and still have the
carrying capacity of a light truck"