b'It is this clay of the Falcon which theattempt at developing a small car Australian team probably saw in Dearborn.for the USA. The company had It was shaped by Gale Helderman and Donexperience in Europe with small De La Rossa in a small basement designcars, beginning with the UKs studio after the main Falcon styling teamModel Y and German Koln and had delivered 2o proposals, none of whichEifel models in the 1930s.appealed to senior Ford executives.In parallel with the Model Ys development, Edsel Ford had directed a number of studies based on a car with a 98 inch/2489mm wheelbase for the American market. When Edsel died in 1943 during World War II, and with war production in full swing, the project was put on hold.After the War ended there was renewed interest in a small American Ford. By this time it had grown to a wheelbase of around 106 inches/2692mm and was being considered as Fords mainstream 1949 vehicle. However, with consumers willing to pay for bigger cars it was rejected for the American market in late 1946. The tooling was dispatched to France where it became the Ford Vedette. GM and Chrysler had also been looking at small car concepts since the mid-1930s. Chrysler constructed an operational front wheel drive sedan with a five cylinder radial engine on a 98 inch/2489mm wheelbase. In 1947 it built a prototype on a 105 inch/2667mm wheelbase with a conventional drivetrain, called the Plymouth Cadet. This vehicle 13'