Anglia 105E - Your Stories
page we look at your stories about the Ford Angla 105E.
and memories of when the Ford Anglia made you laugh or
cry, or just plain annoyed you.
If you know would like to add your story, please feel
free to email me
Visitor Brian Bennett (2012)
In the early 70s, I worked in Holloway North
London, the place had a garage workshop where
they used to look after the small fleet of
delivery trucks and vans, some Ford, but mainly
Three men worked there. The manager
who manned the office (I don't recall his name).
Dave, the angry looking mechanic, and John who
was Dave's assistant, who appeared to do all the
cleaning up and vehicle washing. I sat with Dave
and John at lunchtimes. Dave didn't say much, but
when he did it was always about something he was
currently furious about. I was young at the time
and I learned most of my swearwords from Dave.
John on the other hand was quite chatty and as it
turned out, well read. We became friends.
The manager had a
dark blue Anglia Estate and I noticed John
cleaning it on occasions. John said he was also a
Ford man and had some E494A's and a Prefect, all
Over time, when I
passed my driving test (first time) I used to go
and help John with his reconstruction projects,
learning at the same time the rudiments of car
mechanics. When it came to me buying my first
car, John offered me one of his for a nominal
price. I was a young married man with a brand new
crippling mortgage, so I basically had no money,
and near free car was a tempting offer. Trouble
was, I never saw John actually driving any of his
fleet, as he was normally under them.
thinking that John's manager had a nice looking
car, the Anglia Estate. It was 1976, so I should
be able to find a decent second had one for not
too much money? I was right and I was wrong at
the same time. I did eventually find my Anglia
Estate, a pale blue 1200 with a white roof, for
£100. It was terrible! Rusty and dented and
unreliable, but it was mine. A 1967 model OLM
917E. Thanks though to my newly learned car
mending skills and with the help from John, we
managed to bring the car back up to road legal
and MOT worthy in no time. It would not have
earned any prizes in a car show, but it served me
very well on driving holidays to Wales (with only
minimal breakdowns) and went on to help us move
house when I got to use it as a van.
In 1978 I sold the
Anglia to John for a nominal price. John had
previously scoffed at what he called 'modern
cars', but as he worked on the Anglia with me, he
got to like it more for its simplicity and
relative ease of maintenance. It turned out to be
one of the few cars that John actually drove
around in while still coping with his side valve
I bought a clapped
out 1700 Ford Corsair next, NJL 820H and rebuilt
that up to a decent condition, engine, gearbox
rebuild and body respray, and drove that around
for the next five years.
In 1979 my wife
wanted a car to drive as she was expecting our
first child, but didn't like the Corsair because
it was a bit scary. I took myself off to my local
scrapyard (my second home) and bought a complete
Anglia that had just come in for scrap. A 1965,
ELB 796C. It was a rusty, rather tired 997 in
faded mid blue with a white roof and side stripe.
Before the baby was born, I stripped the car and
obtained two better doors, a boot lid, carpets
and chrome fittings from three scrapped cars at
the yard. Those parts lived on in my 'newly
recreated' Anglia. While pregnant, my wife
learned how to drive by using the Anglia with me,
between proper lessons. She passed her test, the
baby was born and I installed a baby seat in the
back of the car. It was our daughter's first
impressions from the back of an Anglia. I sold
that car to a lad in 1983 and bought an Escort.
Visitor Lyndon Edwards
I've just seen your web page, regarding lost
Anglia's, DCW 239C was a saloon in two tone
colour's, the main colour was maroon with a light
grey roof and side flashes. 1200cc, a beauty to
look at in 1972 when my parent's bought it in
Burnley for £250.00, we went to Blackpool in
this car a few times, up and down the golden
mile, I was seven at the time, and used to sit
forward on the back seat with one arm each on the
top of the front seat's, I well remember seeing
the reflection of all the different coloured
light's on the bonnet and wing top's, then they
would run up the windscreen taking my eye's to
the lighted showcase, it was marvellous to see.
I would then turn right
around and see the light's run along the rear
wing top's off too the chrome light surround's as
well as down the top of the bootlid.
I also remember our Anglia
having separate side light's next to the
indicator's, what a good looking car this one
was, and equally lovely to look at when the sun
shone off all the chrome, another trip I remember
was when we went to one of those drive through
park's, again, a memory of reflection's, though
this time the sun peeking through the leafy
tree's, up the bonnet and windscreen, it was
nice, and at seven I appreciated what I was
We had this Anglia
Super until early 1975, the car was then taken
away, it failed badly at the M.O.T, would you
please log our Anglia in your didn't survive page.
Visitor Neil McPhee
I remember my dad's Anglia estate 'deluxe' DEF
747D with many fond memories, Light Blue bodywork
with a white roof.
It is probably the earliest
car I recall with any definite memories, the most
distinct being stripping the engine with my dad
and then re-building it, I thought at the time I
was being helpful but more than likely being a
pain except when using the winch to lower the
engine back into the backward facing engine
Then there was the time it
was decided to go at 60 m.p.h (a mile a minute my
dad said) the car probably rattled a bit but in
all the excitement of going a mile a minute we
didn't notice. I do remember being sat on mums
knee at the time (very naughty in todays world)
Lastly was the back seats
which amazingly folded down leaving no seats for
my brother or I to sit on during a holiday trip
from Glasgow to Cornwall and back, but where were
my brother and I to sit ? ... Well we ended up
sat on upturned sleeping bags one behind dad and
one behind mum.
Just imagine kids of today
being told to do that !!!
Dad got rid of it
when we moved south in 1973 and I still remember
it being sat at the top of the road waiting for
it's new owner to pick it up, I don't think he
ever really forgave himself.
Visitor David Ricketts
I thought I'd tell you my Anglia story.
The first car I remember my father owning was an
Anglia Deluxe (104 XNN). I remember topping and
tailing with my sister on the back seat when we
went on holiday. Looking at the size of the rear
seat now, we must have been very young. The car
was sold to the son of a family friend. The first
thing he and his mate did was to take the car
apart and put it back together again. Two weeks
later, my father received phone calls both from
the police and the family friend (who had
also been contacted by the police). They
were wondering why the car was parked on the
inside edge of a Derby roundabout with a detached
rear axle! I don't know if the car survived
beyond this point. I'd like to think so.
I recently became interested in picking up an
Anglia of my own and searching magazines and the
internet has thrown up images that have stirred
memories I thought were long forgotten. The
instrument binacle with those lovely idiot lights
and the five-star roundel in the centre of the
steering wheel for starters. The rear seat also
looks very familiar. I remember it being a sort
of sea green colour but we're going back
over three decades here so I could be wrong.
PS. The son of the family friend ended up running
his own garage. Hopefully with more success than
he had with my Dad's car.
Visitor Peter Guscott
I remember my late father buying a brand new 105E
in the early 1960s. He traded in a Ford Popular.
He was a policemen and wanted a black car, as at
that time, rural bobbies would use their own
vehicles for police work, and claim the costs
back. He was a bit taken aback to be told that
the 105E wasn't available in black. He thought it
was ridiculous, as up until then black was one of
the only few colours that cars were made in. So,
he contacted Fords Head Office (I presume it
would have been in Dagenham). He quoted Henry
Ford to them "You can have any colour you
want as long as it's black". He got a
Ford had one specially prepared for him, in
black, at no extra cost! It was the only private
black 105E Anglia ever produced as far as I'm
aware. I certainly never saw another.
The vehicle's reg number was 5216 WY but I
realize the chances of it still being around are
P.S. My own first and second cars were both
105Es, a 1963 maroon one and a 1966 white one.
Happy days. I loved the smell of plastic filler.