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Anglia 105E - a British car from the 1960s.

Ford Anglia - the 'anglebox'
One of the best selling cars of the 1960s was Ford's 105E Anglia, just like the one shown above. 45 SFM is seen parked in a typical British driveway. It looks to be in very clean condition, with just a few oily marks on the drive to suggest that it had already covered a few miles. Any fears of a breakdown were mitigated by the re-assurance of the RAC breakdown badge, plastic type, fitted to the Anglia's grille.
As well as being a popular 2 door saloon for family buyers (they never marketed a 4 door version of the 105E), the 105E also leant itself to tuning, with many "boy racers" learning about the art of tuning on the Anglia's four cylinder engine. A photo of just such a tweaked Anglia can be seen on this page.
I'm interested in comparing views of an area, separated by the years, to identify differences that have taken place. I wonder what this British road scene looks like now, assuming it hasn't been cleared for a road development!? Most metal window frames will have been replaced with PVC double glazed units, and houses will have sprouted TV and satellite aerials no doubt. The road shows no signs of painted markings, what's the betting that single yellow lines, and awful speed-humps, now spoil this view?
The 105E Anglia went on sale late in 1959, as a replacement for the rather outdated, if still popular (!), 100E. The 997cc OHV engine was also used in the 107E, a curious addition to the Ford catalogue that was also introduced in 1959, but only lasted 18 months. It employed the 105E's engine yet retained the 100Es boxy styling. Perhaps Ford were hedging their bets, in case their traditional buyers were put off by the 105Es flashier styling - more likely it was just a stop-gap model.
Two versions of the Anglia were initially available, the poverty-spec base 105E, and the two tone Deluxe, which is the model shown above. A couple of years later the 105E cars were joined by the estate car, and 5/7cwt vans known as the Thames 307E.
In '62 the 'bees knees' of Anglias was launched, the Super. This employed the Cortina's 1198cc four pot, and came with two tone paint, more opulent interior trim, and extra chrome as standard. Production of the 105E lasted 'til late in 1967, by which time the all-new Escort Mk1 was ready to hit the dealerships. No performance version of the Anglia was built at Dagenham, but many people took the opportunity to breath on their own vehicles, with an industry building up to support these enthusiastic modifiers (just as happened with BMC's new car for '59, the Mini, although they did go on to produce performance versions of the Min at the factory).
In recent years interest in the Anglia was given a further boost by it appearing in one of the popular Harry Potter children's books. Legions of Anglia fans ensure that most of the cars around today will be preserved, either in standard or modified form. Various clubs cater for the Anglia, including the Ford Anglia 105E owner's club, and finding parts is helped enormously by the number of specialists that supply parts for these Fords. If modifying Anglias is your thing, take a look at 105speed.com for information on some interesting engine upgrades.

2. A 1964 example.

My thank to John for permitting me to share a couple of his Anglia photographs. The first shows EEV 466B stopped during a driving holiday to Spain in the mid-1960s, well laden, as befits a car being used for a continental excursion. He adds:
"We drove from London to Tarragona (Spain) via France and Andorra with four people on board and that huge frame tent on the roof, plus a boot full of luggage and camping equipment. All on 900+ cc. It struggled for breath over Andorra .... they don't make cars like that nowadays."
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Photo of a 1964 Anglia in Spain
John's second snapshot of the 1964 105E sees the car back in its more usual setting, sporting a fine array of motoring badges. One is a rare-ish RAC Motor Sport Member example, while another is for the Police Motor Club, useful to avoid parking tickets he says (until they were all stolen that is....). Thanks again for the pictures!
Front view of the 105E fitted with lots of badges
More 105E Anglia photos can be found elsewhere in the image archive, including on this page.
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