Well, I spent countless hours sifting through 1915/16/17/18 papers, motoring articles, shipping, imports and anything else I could think of, from all over Australia.
Mr Davies may have used this statement for such figures, the only ref to it I can find.
From the Dunlop Rubber Company Australia Ltd. (apparently they had a beef with the government about a promise of imports coming in with no tyres so they could supply, that wasn't happening)
October 1916. Quote.
'American motor cars are pouring into Australia in thousands, and it is going to be a big question as to how agents are going to find buyers. War taxes must affect sales during the next year or so. In NSW alone there said to be in bond and in garages 3600 unsold'.
This clipping pretty well somes the time frame up, backed up with many numerous other articles in Motoring notes, shipping etc,
The Argus Melboune Feb 1917.
H.W. Harrison. Hon Secretary, Federal Council, Australian Motor Traders.
I should have put in the reason why Dunlop had said that, it was in relation to all the imports that would has tyres that would be unsuitable for Australian road conditions.
Well done Kerry and many thanks. Of course a little later Dunlop Australia produced a tyre built for Australian conditions especially for the Ford, and at a lower price too.
I too have been trawling through all of the literature that I have access to, so far without any concrete result one way or another on the 5,000 Fords. I will publish my findings in due course, as soon as I can get all information into a tidy order.
This is possible the H.HARRISON [Hon Sec of AUSTRALIAN MOTOR TRADERS] as mentioned in KERRY'S article.