HER­ITAGE: Anglia 105E

Early Deluxe gets stun­ning restora­tion.

Classic Ford - - CONTENTS - Words and Pho­tos Jon Cass

We’ve come across many im­mac­u­late, stan­dard Anglia 105Es in our time, but when we first clapped eyes on Nick Hor­ridge’s 1962 Deluxe it be­came im­me­di­ately ob­vi­ous he’d taken his own ex­am­ple to the next level. Look any­where on this car and it’s like you’ve been taken right back to a Ford show­room over half a cen­tury ago. But as Nick points out, this project be­gan some 25 years ago, so he’s had plenty of time to per­fect things.

Since 1991, Nick has run New­ford Parts based in Abbey Vil­lage, Lan­cashire, a busi­ness set up by his fa­ther John in 1974 to sup­ply new-old stock Ford parts to the pub­lic. Since that time the turnover of the fam­ily busi­ness has in­creased dra­mat­i­cally and it’s al­ways been Nick’s am­bi­tion to re­store an Anglia sa­loon to a con­cours stan­dard.

In 1993 he lo­cated and re­stored a 1964 Thames 7CWT van to use as a pro­mo­tional ve­hi­cle for New­ford Parts and he still has this to­day. Yet, it was the Thames’s sa­loon sis­ter that Nick was keen to have a con­cours ex­am­ple of, but the end re­sult would be a long time com­ing.

“When I first pur­chased the van, I had the vi­sion of restor­ing a sa­loon and would spend the next 20 years col­lect­ing all the nec­es­sary parts to cre­ate a car I’d be happy with,” Nick con­fesses, “I did all this with the knowl­edge I didn’t even have a base for the project yet!”

Long search

Once Nick was in a po­si­tion where he was con­fi­dent he’d amassed enough parts to be­gin work, then be­gan a three-year search to find a suit­able un­mo­lested and un­welded shell — not an easy task. “Af­ter a long search, I fi­nally had a lucky break as my friend, Ja­son Tyler, who is the north-west rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Anglia 105E Own­ers’ Club called me about an Anglia he’d lo­cated,” Nick re­calls. “It was owned by a chap named Tony Ma­son, who’d in­her­ited the

from his un­cle in 1992, which also hap­pened to be the last time the it was on the road.” His un­cle had owned the Deluxe from new in 1962, but Tony didn’t want to sell it to any­one who would mod­ify it, stat­ing he’d pre­fer it to re­main as he re­mem­bered it, but back on the road, of course.

Tony’s un­cle, Ernest Lowe had reg­u­larly driven his Anglia which he’d had from new, but had still only clocked up 41,000 miles in it. He’d also had the good sense to ap­ply a pro­tec­tive un­der­coat to his car ev­ery year for all of those 30 years! Af­ter some ne­go­ti­a­tion, a deal was struck and Nick was fi­nally in a po­si­tion to be­gin his long awaited restora­tion.

The shell as ex­pected was in rel­a­tively good or­der for a 1962 Ford, though Nick has now fully re­stored it to an in­cred­i­bly high stan­dard. One of the first jobs was to re­move the un­der­seal that Tony’s Un­cle had ap­plied — all 35 kg of it! — which took Nick two weeks.

“Un­derneath it all, I dis­cov­ered that the whole of the floor sec­tion, apart from the wheel arches, was painted in brown primer. This is proof of

Ford’s cost-cut­ting at Da­gen­ham, where they never both­ered to paint the floors of their cars!” grins Nick. The two-tone liv­ery with the top half in As­cot Grey and the bot­tom in Wind­sor Grey is a rare com­bi­na­tion in it­self and re­mains faith­ful to how the car would have rolled off the pro­duc­tion line. “This com­bi­na­tion was only avail­able for five months in 1962, though the car was ac­tu­ally built in Novem­ber 1961. The same liv­ery also ap­peared on Con­sul Clas­sics,” Nick points out.

The long time in stor­age hadn’t treated the chrome­work and trim so well, but luck­ily these were among the parts Nick had sourced over the past decades. “Bumpers, badges and trim are al­most im­pos­si­ble to find in good con­di­tion these days, so I’m glad I col­lected them when I did.”

Fit­ted up

With his ex­pe­ri­ence from his busi­ness, Nick was happy to tackle the body­work and paint him­self, but brought in David Morse to re­fit the en­gine, gear­box, wiring and in­te­rior — jobs Nick is eter­nally grate­ful for. The en­gine re­mains the 997cc Pre-Cross­flow, but it has been re­built with only cer­tain parts re­placed — the bores, pis­tons and all bear­ings re­main­ing stan­dard. The gear­box also re­mains orig­i­nal with just the seals hav­ing been re­placed. Its stan­dard sus­pen­sion makes Nick’s Anglia a se­date drive by to­day’s stan­dards and don’t for­get those 5.20x13 Dun­lop Crossply tyres. “My Thames van has a 1200cc en­gine and you can tell the dif­fer­ence when you step into that,” Nick smiles. Out­right speed and fast cor­ner­ing is far from what this Anglia is all about and you’re re­minded of this when you step in­side.

The red-beaded vinyl seats which have sur­vived the rav­ages of time re­main in place as does the re­main­der of the 1962 in­te­rior, though a new pair of door cards were needed, supplied by Aldridge Trim­ming. The red in­te­rior con­trasts well with the grey ex­te­rior and oozes early ’60s mo­tor­ing.

The three-year restora­tion was com­pleted in May 2013 and in the sum­mer of that year, Nick’s 105E won Car Of The Show at Tat­ton Park’s huge sum­mer clas­sic car event com­pet­ing against 2500 other ve­hi­cles. A fit­ting re­ward for all the hard work without doubt, and as far as Nick’s con­cerned the whole project may have taken some time, but it’s been an am­bi­tion achieved.

“THE TWO TONE LIV­ERY WITH THE TOP IN AS­COT GREY AND THE BOT­TOM IN WIND­SOR GREY IS A RARE COM­BI­NA­TION”

Thanks to: Ja­son Tyler, David Morse, Si­mon Aldridge of Aldridge Trim­ming (01902 710805, www.aldridge.co.uk), Wrights Auto Sup­plies, Paul Beck, Evans Water­less Coolant, Wayne Kirkby, Paul Sam­mut, John Sib­bles and BCN Paint Sup­plies, Black­burn. New­ford Parts: 01254 830343, www.new­part­son­line.co.uk

The long search for an un­welded ex­am­ple paid div­i­dends for Nick — check out the fit of that door!

En­gine bay is per­fectly de­tailed — Nick aimed to re­use and re­fur­bish as many of the orig­i­nal parts as pos­si­ble.

Back to the ’60s: The boy is Tony Ma­son who Nick bought the Anglia from, with his un­cle and aunt who owned the car from new.

Boot area has been su­perbly re­stored, too — can of Cas­trol en­gine oil is a neat pe­riod touch.

The orig­i­nal ra­di­a­tor was cleaned and re­painted.

The red in­te­rior works su­perbly with the grey paint­work — a ’60s Ford in­te­rior at its finest.

It took three years, but Nick can now en­joy driv­ing and show­ing his Deluxe.

Cost cut­ting: lock­ing fuel cap was an op­tional ex­tra!

Seats are the orig­i­nals and just needed a good clean.

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