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307E Anglia-shaped Thames van
was launched in June 1961. It replaced the
side-valve engined vans that had been based on
the 100E Popular. There were two versions
available: the basic 5cwt and the more
"upmarket" 7cwt. The 5cwt had painted
bumpers, headlamp peaks, exterior mirrors and
radiator grill, whereas the 7cwt had all of these
items in a chromium-plated finish. Both vans were
quite basic inside, having rubber mats, a drivers
seat and no roof headlining.
The basic price of the 5cwt van was
£369 and the 7cwt cost £399. Both of these
prices were for the van painted in primer. The
price increased by £10 if it was finished in one
of the eight standard colours. The buyer could if
he wished, add some optional extras to his van,
in the form of a hinged passenger seat, heater
and a sun visor.
Anglia vans were available with a choice of
either a high or low compression version of the 997cc engine used in the 105E Saloon. Aesthetically, the vans
have an attractive appearance, the Anglia front
end blending well with the boxy van body shape.
Although the vans shared some front-end panels
with the Saloon, they were structurally
quite different from it. The windscreen is
different and is quite a bit taller.
The side doors are a
completely different shape from those of the Saloon. They are much shorter with
the bottom curving upwards towards the rearmost
edge. This was to avoid the doors making contact
with high pavement kerbs when the van was fully
loaded. At the back of the van, two large side
hinged doors provided easy access to the generous
61 cu ft load area. This made the Anglia van
popular with large and small businesses alike and
Ford even provided sample letters for dealerships to send out to
these small businesses, extolling the virtues of
the new Van.
vans also formed the basis of Pick
Up and Ice Cream Vendor Conversions.
October 1962 the 307E became available with the 1198cc
engine as fitted to the Anglia Super and became
known as the 309E. In March 1965, all models
of the van were designated Anglia, and the names
"Thames" and "Trader" were
of the Anglia van came to an end in November
by which time 205,001 vans had been built. (I
wonder who had that last one ?)