Ford Anglia – bought and sold and bought back again | Season 1 – Episode 67
Wheels Nov 11, 2021
Many of us have sold a cherished car only to then realise what a bad decision that was.
This is what happened to Paddy Morgan who hails from Cresslough in Co Donegal when he sold his beloved 1967 Ford Anglia. Having bought the car in from the UK in 1994 Paddy had resprayed the Sunburst Yellow paint and drove it for a few years before deciding to sell it on in 2003. Paddy had to wait over 13 years to buy-back his beloved Anglia and in 2016, that is exactly what he did.
Paddy has been working on cars since he was 16 and recent projects have included getting back on the road a 1983 Opel Kadett which had not been running for 20 years. He is also working on installing a clutch into a 1968 Morris Minor 1000. Along the way there was also a Datsun 100E that Paddy bought from Co Longford and which he has now sold back to a new owner in Co Longford.
Paddy has been told, but cannot confirm that this particular car in this rare colour scheme of Sunburst Yellow and Ermine White with two-tone brown and cream seats was displayed on the Ford stand at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1967. Can any of our community confirm that this is that same Anglia? Contact us
In July 2020 the time was right to undertake a major restoration of the Anglia. The first big restoration job was the engine which received new vale stems, oil seals rings, bearings and the cylinder was honed out.
The chassis was next for attention and two outriggers replaced those that had rusted out and the jacking points were beefed up. With the chassis welding completed the next stage of the restoration, recently begun is the body-shell.
We are looking forward to revisiting the restoration of this lovely Anglia in the near future.
Before the world-beating Ford Escort there was the much-loved Ford Anglia of which 1,594,486 were built between 1939 and 1967. Ford UK made the Anglia as a small family car beginning with the E04A in 1939 as the smallest model at that time in the Ford range. At the beginning of production, the Anglia was marketed as an economy car with few frills with only the deluxe model having better dash instruments and most cars were painted black. Road comfort came from transverse leaf springs front and rear and mechanical brakes.
Over it’s production life the Ford Anglia underwent four model changes culminating with the 105E manufactured from 1959 to 1968. The fourth model was a departure from the previous styling with American-influenced body styling featuring a distinctive grille with the deluxe versions getting a full-width chrome grill and sitting underneath distinctive headlamps. The car was not just attempting to replicate American styling with its distinctive bodywork, the new design owed much to the wind-tunnel testing undertaken by the British designers. For the European market the tailfins which would have been extravagant additions to the American car were much toned down.
The revised styling of the 105E was further enhanced by a new 997 cc OHV (Over Head Valve) ‘Kent’ engine. The Kent was a straight-four layout with an oversquare cylinder bore and while the acceleration was still sluggish it was an improvement on the earlier cars. Also helping the power output was a new four-speed gearbox with synchromesh on the top three ratios.
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