Object StatementAutomobile, full size, Ford Prefect, Model 100E, steel/glass/rubber, assembled by Ford Motor Co of Australia, Geelong, Victoria, Australia, 1959, petrol engine replaced by electric motor by Roy Doring, Kogarah, New South Wales, Australia, 1959
Physical DescriptionAutomobile, full size, Ford Prefect, Model 100E, steel/glass/rubber, assembled by Ford Motor Co of Australia, Geelong, Victoria, Australia, 1959, petrol engine replaced by electric motor by Roy Doring, Kogarah, New South Wales, Australia, 1959
This is a four-door sedan with black livery, the body is made of pressed steel panels and the chassis is spot welded and brazed together. The side of the car has the lettering: "Doring Bros 36 Hattersley St Arncliffe Auto Electrical Specialists".
Inside, the trim and upholstery are in maroon coloured leatherette with white piping. The car has two bucket seats in the front and a bench seat in the rear. The head lining is white and there are rubber floor coverings. The front floor wells have added carpet car mats and a piece of offcut carpet.
The dashboard has been modified and to the right of the steering wheel two instruments had been added for electric operation. These comprise a large industrial type electrical knife switch with an orange handle, which is inscribed "60 Amp Trumbull 125 volts", to connect and disconnect the power, and a voltmeter in the form of a dial. A switch for selecting forward and reverse gears has also been added.
There are metallic stickers for Exide batteries on the rear right side window and the rear windscreen, a 1954 Royal Tour badge attached to the radiator grill and a NSW Registration label dated June 1981. The number 51 added near the right tail light refers to this car being the 51st converted by Roy Doring to electric power.
Model: Ford Prefect 100E
Engine: electric motor 3kW
Batteries: powered by thirteen 6-volt lead-acid batteries (78-volts)
Range: 70 km
Top speed: 60 kph
Charger: plugged into household power point through petrol cap
Transmission: 4 speed with synchromesh on top
Brakes: Hydraulic drum
Bodywork: 4 seat, 4 door