In 1953, Ford released the 100E. It was a completely new car, featuring a modern three box design. The 100E was available as a two-door Anglia and a four-door Prefect. Internally there were individual front seats trimmed in PVC, hinged to allow access to the rear. The instruments were in a cluster around the steering column and the gear change was floor mounted. A heater and radio were optional extras. The Popular replaced the Anglia in 1959, and production continued until 1962.
Under the bonnet the 100E was an antiquated, but actually new, 36 bhp side-valve engine, with a three-speed gearbox. A second wind-screen wiper was now included at no extra cost. This was a unitary construction body and the front suspension used hydraulic telescopic dampers and coil springs with anti-roll bar and semi-elliptic leaf springs at the rear. The steering took just two turns between locks, making the car responsive and easy to place on the road, although on wet roads it was too easy to make the tail slide out. The electrical system became 12 volt. An Anglia saloon tested in 1954 had a top speed of 70 mph and could accelerate from 0-60 mph in 29.4 seconds. The test car cost £511 including taxes.
This lovely Ford Popular has been totally restored recently. It is a 1962 model, and must be one of the last ones built. The bodywork is in very good condition, as you would expect, as are the mechanical components. The interior is very good indeed, and the car drives very well. Overall, a now unusual car in very good condition, with a very competitive reserve.
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