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Anglia Name

Ford Anglia 105E - What’s in a Name!

Well quite a lot actually.


  • Is the mediaeval and late Latin name for England.

  • Is a name for the eastern part of England, more commonly, and more accurately, known as East Anglia and, one of the kingdoms of the Heptarchy (Heptarchy: is a collective name applied to the supposed seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of south, east, and central Great Britain during late antiquity and the early Middle Ages which eventually unified into the Kingdom of England.)

  • Is a name of various models of car built by the Ford Motor Company in the UK from 1939 to 1967

  • Is the name given to a type of "missing link"

Anglia Man

  • Is the name given to lots of other Products other than our beloved 105E

Was the Name Anglia too British ?

Some say that the car Ford launched just after Britain declared war on Germany in September 1939, was named the Ford Anglia for patriotic reasons. Whatever the reasons for Ford using the name Anglia, by 1968 it was decided that maybe it was not the right name for the 105E’s successor. As the replacement for the 105E was going to be a true European Car, Ford decided that the name Anglia may be a bit too patriotic, so a change of name was needed, and the Escort was born.

This little nugget of information made some of the newspapers of the time.

The Quebec Chronicle and Telegraph of
17th January 1968 ran the following article.

quebec chronicle

The Montreal Gazette of
18th January 1968 ran the following article.

monteal gazette

The British Columbia Sun of
18th January 1968 ran the following article.

British Columbia sun

Birmingham Post

A Ford Media 2008 Presskit for the 40th Anniversary of the Ford Escort
also contained the following Paragraph.

"Originally, the Escort was planned to continue the Anglia name,
but it was felt to be too "British" and Escort was adopted instead."


Anglia ?

So there you have it.
The Escort : an Anglia in all but name.

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