It’s 1948, The UK is just about starting it’s post war recovery period, and thousands of demobbed soldiers are looking for a new car to get back into that motoring spirit. this is where our man comes in…
Robert Houghton is the 38 year old branch manager of the National Provincial Bank in Banbury, Oxforshire (a position he has held for a year now). prior to this, he was a Corporal in the British Army in WWII and was de-mobbed a little after the wars end. at current he drives a 1936 Austin 12/4, which, whilst perfectly adequate, is becoming somewhat long in the tooth and with his current job, he’s wanting something a little bit newer, and nicer.
Where as the car will be primarily for him, it will also be used for family outings, and will therefore have to pass muster with his wife, Beryl, and 2 children, Charlie and Eleanor.
His job is well paying, but he’s not looking for a Roller or Bentley, or even a Jag for that matter. just a sensible, comfortable car that has that slight air of luxury that his salary can afford him.
Trim year must be 1948
Minimum drivability of 25
Minimum comfort of 10
Minimum prestige of 10
No independent rear suspension
92 RON leaded fuel only (Britain at this time was using 72 RON grade petrol, but that was absolutely stuffed with lead additive in a vain attempt to prevent substantial knocking, so 92 i’s about as close as we’ll get)
Price of $7200 @ 0%
Fuel economy, whilst not vital, will still be very relevant. petrol is rationed at this point in the UK, so a thirsty hector is not going to sit well with even this middle class family.
it is very wise use period correct technology, so do your homework thoroughly as to the technology available in cars in Britain in the late 40’s
Styling is key. it has to look period correct, but also have some prestige and presence in it’s looks (see ad for some idea). so if it’s too modern looking, you’re out of luck, bub.
remember, it’s shouldn’t be a race car, but nor should it be a boat.