1952 Ford V8 Vedette
Ford Vedette Tyres
- The Ford Vedette fits a 165-400 Tyres tyre.
- In this size we recommend fitting either the 165HR400 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67 or the 165 SR 400 Michelin X, both are excellent tyres perfectly suited to the Vedette.
- The ideal inner tube for this is the Michelin 16E inner tube.
- Inner tubes are not necessary for most radial tyres, but they can still be a good option when compared to going tubeless. For more information, see our inner tube guide.
- The Ford Vedette Berlina fitted 640 - 15 Tyres as standard. If you're after a crossply in this size the 640 H 15 Avon Super Safety would be our recommendation.
- The radial alternative sizes to 640 - 15 are 180 R 15 to 185 R 15, we would suggest the 180 HR 15 Michelin XAS or the 185 VR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67.
- The correct tube for these tyres is the Michelin 15E and Michelin 15F respectively.
Ford Vedette Recommended Tyres
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History of the Ford Vedette
The Ford Vedette is a large automobile that was produced by Ford SAF in Poissy, France, from 1948 until 1954. Edsel Ford and Ford designer Eugene T. Gregorie envisioned it as a "light" Ford model, smaller than the 1942 Ford. However, Edsel Ford died in 1943, and after the war, Ford management believed that the light vehicle project would divert customers away from the full-size Ford. Furthermore, Henry Ford II thought that Gregorie's proposed 1949 Ford, which had the same character lines as the Light Ford, was too big for its market, as did Gregorie's suggested 1949 Mercury.
To that purpose, the intended Ford and Mercury lines were renamed Mercury and Lincoln, and a design competition was launched to create a Ford that was both smaller than the Mercury and bigger than the Light Ford. To recuperate the cost of Light Ford, it was transferred to Ford France. The Vedette was introduced at the 1948 Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris and was developed fully in Detroit (similar to current Mercury vehicles) and utilised the Poissy-made 2158 cc Aquillon side-valve V8 engine from Ford's Flathead engine family, which was also used in pre-war Matford automobiles. It was the only French-made car boasting a V8 engine at the time.