FIRST CLASS: PACK­ING IT IN

Classic Ford - - POPULAR 100E -

The most ex­cit­ing thing about this ut­terly bonkers car is that none of it should log­i­cally work.The fact that it func­tions at all is im­pres­sive; that it works so bril­liantly is a marvel, and true tes­ta­ment to how beau­ti­fully en­gi­neered it all is.Take a look at the en­gine: the 100E was de­signed to have a Moulinex-sized side­valve un­der its tiny bon­net, so the no­tion of shoe­horn­ing a long, lon­gi­tu­di­nal straight-six in there is just about as zany as they come.You can see how much of it dis­ap­pears out of view from head on, and yet the in­te­rior isn’t full of gear­box. How has Dean done that?Witch­craft, that’s how. And the same goes for the chas­sis — the act of fit­ting 17 inch wheels with mas­sive Porsche brakes to a 100E beg­gars be­lief, and all of that rose-jointed sus­pen­sion is wholly at odds with the Pop­u­lar con­cept.Which is what makes this car so glo­ri­ously be­guil­ing.

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