Ford put an 1,172cc sidevalve engine from the Ford 10 Prefect alongside the driver and created the E83W forward control goods vehicle. This was available as a chassis with engine for a coachbuilt body, a chassis cab, and also a van and pickup. Several companies, including Martin Walter (Dormobile) did conversions on the van body to create 'minibus' vehicles. From 1952 the E83W carried the 'Thames' badge instead of 'Fordson'. Production lasted from 1938 until 1957 and 188,000 were made.
Ford Thames E83W 10cwt - badge on bonnet side
Ford Thames Ten 1953 Van - badge on bonnet. The 'Thames' badge was given in 1952 and 'Fordson' no longer used.
Fordson E83W 1951 Van - badge on bonnet. 1951 was the final year for the 'Fordson' badge on the E83W, from 1952 it carried the 'Thames' badge.
Ford Thames E83W 10cwt Van. The 1172cc sidevalve engine was offset to the right - effectively taking the passenger footspace.
Ford Thames E83W 10cwt Van. Although based on the Ford Ten saloon mechanics, there were many changes to facilitate the short-bonnet forward control design, including having the engine beside the driver.
Ford Thames E83W 1953 Coop. Built on a 78-inch wheelbase.
Ford Thames E83W 1957 Pantechnicon. The E83W could be supplied as a Chassis with Scuttle for a body to be built on. Wooden bodies like this could be created by dozens of local carpenters
Ford Thames E83W 1957 Van. The 'Fordson' badge was dropped in 1952 and the 'Thames' badge used
Ford Thames Ten 1953 Van. The Van body was one of several formats which the E83W was supplied, which included the Estate Car (with windows), Chassis Cab, for making trucks, and chassis scuttle provided for coachbuilt vehicles
Fordson Thames E83W 1939 10cwt Pickup
Fordson Thames E83W 1939 10cwt Pickup. The E83W was supplied as a closed Van, as well as a Chassis Cab to which pickups, flatbeds, and specialised bodies could be built
Fordson E83W 1947 Milkfloat
Fordson E83W 1951 Van. Produced at the Dagenham plant from 1938 to 1957 alongside the Fordson tractors. The E83W was a half-ton commercial based on the mechanics of the Ford Ten. An 1,172cc sidevalve engine sat beside the driver and its modest power was only good for around 40mph. From 1938 to 1951 the E83W was sold under the 'Fordson' brand and from 1952 as the 'Ford Thames'.
Ford Thames E83W. The E83W was sometimes sold as the 'Thames E83W' and sometimes with the 'Fordson' badge. 188,000 E83W Vans, Pickups and chassis were sold from 1938 to 1957.
Ford Thames E83W. The E83W was sometimes sold as the 'Thames E83W' and sometimes with the 'Fordson' badge.
Fordson Ten cwt 1955 flatbed. This E83W is powered by the 1,172cc sidevalve engine from the Ford Ten
Fordson E88W 1940 25cwt Van. The Fordson Model 61 (or E88W) was rated at 25/35 cwt and was powered by the flathead Ford 3,621cc V8 engine. This vehicle was also developed into the Fordson WOT military trucks