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Case No.6
Make: Ford
Model: E494A Anglia
Year: 1949

Sold on: eBay
Category: Classic Cars
1949 Ford Anglia on eBay
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Project description.

At first glance it'd be easy to assume that the part-rusty Ford shown above is another 103E Pop, mildly decayed but essentially complete and ripe for restoration. It is however the forerunner of the 103E, known in Ford circles as the E494A but to most buyers at the time simply as the "Anglia". Whereas the later (1953-on) 103E came equipped with the 10hp 1172cc sidevalve engine, the UK-market E494A was an "eight" in that it had the smaller, 933cc, version of the same engine under its centrally-hinged bonnet (although some export cars, sold in knocked-down kit form, were supplied with the 10hp motor). Other identifiers that make the 8hp differ from the 10hp include the larger (E83W-type) headlamps, the bumper overriders, the slim stainless steel trim that surrounds the vents let into the bonnet sides, hubcaps with a stainless steel centres to them, Anglia badging, and the dual windscreen wipers situated at the base of the screen - rather than the single wiper mounted above the screen on a typical Pop.
The photographs in the listing also reveal the other major difference to be found within the cabin. Whereas the 103E has a plain steel dash, with minimal instrumentation, the E494A has a bakelite dash not dissimilar to that found in the four-door E493A Prefect of the time.
The owner of this example has only had it a short time, according to the listing. What a shame that someone began to strip the paint from the panels - without removing them first by the looks of it - and then left them to go rusty. Fortunately the grot should be confined to the surface of the stripped panels, and they are unlikely to have suffered majorly as a result. Judging by the panels that remain untouched by human hand or sander, the car could possibly have been preserved in its original paint, in a shabby-chic kind of way, but that will no longer be an option to whoever takes this project on.
I've little doubt that the car will be returned to the road, but less clear will be in what form? So many Pops and their contemporary Fords have been chopped about to make hot rods, some successfully and others less so, the worst of which end up being re-advertised once the owner has given up on their creation, with their bodywork butchery rendering their car's remains beyond viable restoration. Hopefully a better fate awaits this tidy little Anglia. Despite 108,779 examples being produced between 1948 and 1953, they're not an especially common sight at shows today.
Despite the areas of bodywork that have been stripped and left to go rusty, the bodywork doesn't look half bad based on the photos available. The panels looks straight and un-damaged, and the grille has none of the dents that can easily occur over sixty or so years. Even the bumper looks suitable for re-chroming. The only significant rust that I can make out is to the bottom of the driver's door, not unexpected after all this time and at least it hasn't been covered in filler to hide it. One area to check out closely is where the rear (bolt-on) wings attach to the bodytub. It's common for mud to build up underneath the wings along the join, leading to the wing and inner wing panel rotting away. There is evidence of bog around the rear wing join area, so some rectification in that area will probably be required. The valance panel beneath the bootlid is also prone to rotting away on these cars - it doesn't look too bad on this Anglia, but the bumper could be masking some problems behind it - again no real surprise, but worth being aware of.
Interestingly, the vendor has covered up the registration plate on the back. Has a previous owner transferred the number to another car I wonder? there is no mention of paperwork in the listing, so I assume that it'd need a dating certificate and would unfortunately end up on a replacement, age-related, number.
As mentioned, the interior has a fair selection of bakelite components within it. In addition to the dash, the internal door window surrounds are also in bakelite. Not an easy material to restore, hopefully they're in usable condition in this car. The dash - while scruffy - doesn't appear to have any extra hole drillings in it, which is a definite bonus.
There is no mention of the car's mechanical condition, presumably it isn't a runner, and there are no underbonnet shots either so it might be worth establishing if there are any oily bits missing. Saying that, most sidevalve Ford bits can be found with a little searching, although a duff engine can be expensive to fettle back into serviceability. Interior trim too can be costly to fix up, and there are no photos showing the condition of the seats, headlining etc.
Upright Fords have a strong following, and being dressed up somewhat smarter than the later Pops, I quite like these Anglias. Hopefully this one will be restored rather than botched up with a Jaguar-sourced back axle, Rover V8 (yawn) as so many have been before.
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