The Straits Settlements

Will sharp-eyed viewers note the  apparent error in this picture of N 3138?

The Straits Settlements were originally named for the coastal enclaves ceded to Britain by the sultans of the independent states of Malaya – lands facing the Straits of Malacca, in the Bay of Bengal.      N was the code for Negeri Sembilan state from 1948, (from 1932 it had been NS), when all the states of Malaya combined to form the Federation of Malaya (international oval FM.)      Thanks to EU83 John Henderson for this historic picture/puzzle.

Q.  Is this a German-built Ford Taunus 12M (built from 1952)?

A.  (No”), responds David Wilson  “It’s an 1949 (American) Ford, with the right-hand part of the trunk- (boot-) lid piece broken off.    With RHD, this was likely made in Australia by Ford Australia”.      (That would tie in with its presence in ‘nearby’  British Malaya and the lower duties applied to Commonwealth-built vehicles.)

Negri Sembilan N 3138, in Harwich (GB) during the early 1950s.

Negri Sembilan N 3138, in Harwich (GB) during the early 1950s.

The rare SS oval is shown twice in the Pemberton album, this second one being from Penang island, and seen in London, probably 1949.    An MG YA is parked alongside, built from 1947.

Ford Eight from Penang, Straits Settlements, London 1940s.

1939 Ford E04A Anglia from Penang, Straits Settlements, in London, 1940s.

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7 Responses to The Straits Settlements

  1. David Wilson says:

    The first picture is not a 1952 Taunus (which had vertical taillights), but rather a 1949 (American) Ford, with the right-hand part of the trunk- (boot-) lid piece broken off. With RHD, it was likely made in Australia; Ford Australia produced a four-door sedan (like this) and (its own creation) a two-door coupe-utilty, likely called there a ute. Go to http://shoeboxford.wordpress.com/2011/03/17/1949-ford-lost-photo-sessions-%E2%80%93-5-2/ for lots of pictures, including some rear shots.

  2. David Wilson says:

    The first picture is not a 1952 Taunus, which had vertical taillights, but rather a 1949 (American) Ford, with the right-hand part of the trunk- (boot-) lid piece broken off. With RHD, this was likely made in Australia; Ford Australia built the 1949 four-door sedan (like this one) and, its own creation, a two-door coupe-utility, probably called there a ute.
    Go to http://shoeboxford.wordpress.com/2011/03/17/1949-ford-lost-photo-sessions-%E2%80%93-5-2/ for lots of pictures including some rear shots.

  3. abd rashid jani says:

    do you any Pahang plate number vehicle in early 1900. is it using PH or P before using c

    • There remains confusion over the code used in Pahang up to 1948. P has been suggested, but we do know for sure, from very early photos, that Penang island had P allocated, so what did Pahang have?? Our only chance is to find old photo albums or newspaper pictures from the state……..

  4. frisianrhodesian says:

    The Ford – Reg. P3338, is not a Ford Eight, but a 1939 Ford Anglia E04A. The Ford Eight or 7Y had the spare wheel mounted in the rear deck!

    • Well sorted! The (1930s) 7Y, as I recall, only used wire-spoked wheels, too. The body design of P3338 continued on the Ford Popular e98A(?) through to about 1959, by which time it looked truly vintagent.

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