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Anglia 105E Estate Conversion - Friary Motors Ltd
Friary Motors Ltd of Hatch,
Basingstoke, Hampshire, launched their Estate
conversion in June 1961
and called it the " Ford New Anglia Touring
conversion was some four months ahead of Ford's
official launch of their own Estate model,
but unlike Ford, Friary managed to keep the
stylish fins at the rear.
normal Ford Anglia 105E Saloon was extensively modified
to the rear of the B pillars above
The C pillars were
extended backwards altering the shape of the rear
windows in the process. New rear side windows and
a new one-piece tailgate assembly were added.
vehicle looked more like a hatchback than an
The lift up tailgate was made from
two glassfibre mouldings back to back, with
moulded in reinforcement plates for the lock and
hinge mountings. The tailgate hinged upwards and
was held in place by a self locking strut on the
right hand side. Friary cleverly made the bottom
of the tailgate fit the existing boot latch,
allowing them to use the existing boot handle and
design also left the roof of the Saloon unaltered
with just minor modifications at the edges to
allow for the fitment of the tailgate hinges.
The rear seats were also
modified so that they could be folded forwards to
allow for a flat loading area, which was covered
in a durable hard wearing material.
cars were then usually finished in an attractive
two-tone paint finish, with the paint division
being near the top of the fin line.
reminisce about the factory and some of the
practices from a former employee can be read here.
An article about the Friary Motors Limited
conversion appeared in The Autocar Magazine of
14th July 1966.
The Friary Motors Ltd
conversion cost £89 12s 6d (on top of the purchase price of the saloon). E.D Abbott Ltd of Farnham, Surrey took
over the business of converting the Ford Anglia
Ford New Anglia Touring Saloon is quite a rare
variant of the Anglia family.
total number of Ford New Anglia Touring Saloon's
built is unknown.