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Ford 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 Saloon".

Friary Anglia Estate

The 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.

Estate Side View
The normal Ford Anglia 105E Saloon was extensively modified to the rear of the “B” pillars above the waistline.

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.

The resulting vehicle looked more like a hatchback than an estate.

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 mechanism.

Friary's 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.

Typical Estate

Two Tone Estate

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.

The cars were then usually finished in an attractive two-tone paint finish, with the paint division being near the top of the fin line.

A 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 in 1962.

The Ford New Anglia Touring Saloon is quite a rare variant of the Anglia family.

The total number of Ford New Anglia Touring Saloon's built is unknown.