1966 Ford Anglia 105E £12,000

1966 Ford Anglia 105E £12,000
1966 Ford Anglia 105E £12,000
1966 Ford Anglia 105E £12,000
1966 Ford Anglia 105E £12,000
1966 Ford Anglia 105E £12,000
1966 Ford Anglia 105E £12,000
1966 Ford Anglia 105E £12,000
1966 Ford Anglia 105E £12,000
1966 Ford Anglia 105E £12,000
1966 Ford Anglia 105E £12,000
1966 Ford Anglia 105E £12,000
1966 Ford Anglia 105E £12,000
Country:
United Kingdom
Region:
England
This may be considered big money for a little car, but when did you last see an Anglia this eye-catching, asks Paul Guinness
This Ford Anglia is an unusual offering. A top-notch home restoration by a skilled former owner, it’s good enough to show, although not completely original in its specification. The service history may not include much early paperwork, but the restoration is fully documented with a photo casebook so you know what you’re getting.
This is one of the best-driving 105Es we’ve encountered in recent years, with its fully rebuilt 997cc ‘Kent’ engine being delightfully smooth at idle and equally impressive through the gears. It feels genuinely eager. The four-speed gearbox (with synchromesh only on the top three) is slick and precise, the steering feels as sharp as any 105E’s ever did, and the non-servo brakes bring the car to a brisk halt. There’s nothing about this Anglia’s driving that causes concern; it feels like a well-sorted example that’s ready to go. The restoration took the bodyshell down to bare metal, and there’s an impressive standard of finish. However, the front wings are glassfibre rather than steel – understandable given the cost and rarity of new-old-stock wings. The replacements have been well fitted and the panel gaps are excellent, helping the car to look authentic. The paintwork is impressive, with only a small amount of bubbling in the front lowest corners of the doors, and the chromework is top-notch. There’s a slight crack in the nearside-rear jacking point and the front jacking points have been replaced at some stage, but everything looks structurally very sound. The matching set of King Star tyres appears to be very recent. It’s exceptionally tidy inside, having been re-upholstered by its previous custodian and given new carpets. The red vinyl seats are in superb condition, as are the matching door cards and rear side panels. The red colour scheme extends to the steering wheel, carpets and painted metal dashboard, making this a particularly stand-out car. The red banding around the speedometer is non-original but looks the part, while the ‘Valerie’ insignia (presumably a previous owner’s name for the Anglia) won’t please everyone but should be removable. The odometer shows just under 42k miles which may be genuine given the way the car drives, although sadly it can’t be verified by service history. The engine bay is well presented and features the same red paint as the body, with re-sprayed black ancillaries. There are very slight cracks where the glassfibre front wings meet steel, but that’s to be expected. The rot-prone areas around the MacPherson strut mounts are excellent, with no signs of rust or previous repairs. The wiring is tidy, and the coil and dynamo look quite recent. The same can be said for the hoses, and we discovered no traces of any coolant or oil leaks.
The humble 105E is no longer cheap and cheerful, hence the five-figure price tag. This car is ready to show and enjoy, thanks to the high standard of its restoration, and the engine is one of the smoothest Kent units we’ve experienced in an Anglia.
CHOOSE YOUR FORD ANGLIA 105E
Introduced in 1959, the 105E supplemented the old 100E Anglia, which was renamed the Popular. The new 105E was all-new, with Ford Thunderbird-inspired styling and a 997cc OHV engine known as the ‘Kent’. De Luxe trim option added a full-width chrome radiator grille.
In 1961, three-door estates and Thames vans were added to the range.
A faster version, the 123E Super, joined in 1962, with side-stripes and an 1198cc Kent engine. A Michelotti-restyled version of the saloon with more conventional, less American lines, the Torino, was built in Turin from 1965 by OSI, and sold in mainland European markets. Anglia production ended in November 1967 ahead of the Escort’s launch two months later.
Ford Anglia
Price £12,000 Contact Bill Postins, Solihull (01676 533949, billpostins.com)
Engine 997cc four-cylinder, ohv, Solex 30PSE1 carburettor
Power 39bhp @ 5000rpm
Torque 56lb ft @ 2700rpm
0-60mph 27sec
Top Speed 76mph
Fuel consumption 35-38mpg
Length 3900mm
Width 1435mm
A wonderful restoration, with rust-beating glassfibre wings Red on red, on red... 997cc ‘Kent’ unit is exceptionally fine.
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