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
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
|History of Ford Ute|
The "Roadster Ute" was a very rare and limited production vehicle, only manufactured from 1928 to 1938.
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!
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.
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