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Ford Anglia 105E series was launched in the
UK on September 30th 1959.
It was Ford's new contender in the small family
saloon class to replace the then aging and
increasingly uncompetitive Anglia/Prefect 100E
series. Initially, the "new" Anglia was
available in just two versions, Standard and
The Standard model was a sparse and
functional Saloon with the minimum of chrome
trim. It also lacked such "luxury"' as
a glovebox lid, passenger sunvisor, temperature
gauge and carpets. The Deluxe by comparison, had
an abundance of exterior chromework to complement
the Anglia's unique body styling. This included a
full-width chrome front grille, chrome
side-strip, chrome rear lamp units, opening rear
quarter windows and optional two tone paint. The
interior was also more well appointed, but a
heater was still an optional extra.
of the models used a new overhead valve 997cc
engine capable of up to 75mph. This was mated to
Ford's first ever four-speed gearbox in a
production Saloon. Interesting though the new
engine was, it wasn't this that really caught the
public's interest though, it was the radical new
styling. The most obvious aspect of the car was
its reverse slope rear window, with the rest of
the car having more that a degree of the American
influence about it. The steeply sloping front
end, protruding rear fins and generous use of
chromework (on the Deluxe anyway) all combined to
give the 105E an attractive characterful
two Saloon car range continued virtually
unchanged until June 1961 when the 5cwt and 7cwt Vans were introduced. In
September of that same year, the Ford Anglia Estate was also released.
In 1962 the Super was
announced and was designated the Ford Anglia 123E. The Super not only employed the
1198cc engine from the Cortina, it also used the
all synchromesh four speed Cortina gearbox as
well. It was also visually more appealing than
the existing two Saloon models. It had two-tone
paintwork as standard, a distinctive side-stripe,
extra chrome trim and a more plush interior,
including a heater!
same car was also sold in Europe, along with an
extra European only variant called the Ford
In New Zealand some
enterprising people produced a variant, in very
small numbers, of a stream lined Anglia
especially for racing that was affectionately
known as an Anglia "Breadvan".
A similar thing
was happening in the UK, with specialist firms
producing "hotter" versions of the
Anglia, usually incorporating a larger engine and
or engine modifications. One of the more prolific
firms was Allard with their Anglia "Allardette".
1966 two specials were released based on both the
deluxe and Super models. These cars were
available in Venetian Gold or Blue
metallic paint finishes with black interior trim.
Some 250 models were sold in each colour.
of the Saloon versions of the Anglia continued in
production with only relatively minor alterations
until November 1967, by which time 954,426 had