Ford abeille

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The Ford Abeille, whose name translates to “Bee” in French (model code F492C), emerged as a sedan tailored for the French market between 1952 and 1954. This vehicle featured a distinctive two-piece opening tailgate at the rear, resembling the 1949 Kaiser Traveler in its bodystyle. Serving as a commercial variant of the Vedette, it targeted a more cost-effective segment, evident in its downmarket trim.

Setting it apart, the Abeille showcased practical elements: the rearmost side windows were covered from the interior while maintaining glazing, chrome elements were substituted with painted pieces, and the Vedette’s ornate grille was replaced by a simpler mesh design.

Before its introduction in June 1952, an agricultural version of the Vedette was briefly presented at the October 1951 Paris Salon. Upon its release, the Abeille boasted a 500 kg (1,102 lb) payload capacity. Its 2.1-liter V8 engine underwent modifications in intake manifold and carburetor, reducing power but enhancing fuel efficiency, durability, and lowering the tax rating to 12CV.

In its abbreviated 1954 model year, the Abeille received updates, featuring the regular Vedette’s grille and a removal of the B-post for a larger side opening.

Developed by Ford’s French subsidiary from their prior Vedette sedan, initially conceived from a shelved US project for an affordable post-war vehicle. Production concluded in 1954 when Ford ceased its operations in France, later selling the facility to Simca.

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