Ford Anglia

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Andy Tal­bot

EN­GINE 933cc/4-cyl/SV POWER 30bhp@4000rpm TORQUE 46lb ft@3000rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 62mph 0-50MPH 29.2sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 34-41mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, three-speed man­ual MOT Ex­empt ODOME­TER 110,975 miles

The side­valve en­gine bursts into life read­ily enough and idles with a healthy, steady beat be­fore pulling away ea­gerly. Changes within the three-speed man­ual gear­box are pos­i­tive and pre­cise enough, given the car’s age and low bud­get na­ture. The brakes work well enough to in­stil driver con­fi­dence, but the steer­ing is a lit­tle woolly – re­plac­ing the cracked and mis­matched crossply tyres would prob­a­bly im­prove mat­ters con­sid­er­ably.


The car has un­der­gone sub­stan­tial restora­tion in the last 15 years. There are signs of new sills and well-ex­e­cuted re­pairs to ad­ja­cent ar­eas. The paint on the wheels is fresh and all wheel arches and body pan­els are straight. How­ever, there’s some mi­nor rust on the seam near the off­side rain gut­ter. The doors open and close eas­ily and sit true within their frames. The ex­cel­lent black paint has con­trast­ing hand-painted red pin-strip­ing along each side and it looks solid and tidy around the floor and and boot ar­eas. The orig­i­nal traf­fi­ca­tors op­er­ate as they should, but the car’s next owner might want to fit mod­ern flash­ing in­di­ca­tors on safety and vis­i­bil­ity grounds.


The orig­i­nal banjo style steer­ing wheel and hub-mounted traf­fi­ca­tor switches are in lovely con­di­tion and there are no cracks in the Bake­lite dash­board. The red seats and door cards are in ex­cel­lent order, although the head­lin­ing above the driver’s seat is sag­ging and slightly dis­coloured. The in­op­er­a­tive pas­sen­ger win­dow mech­a­nism needs fix­ing but the pas­sen­ger seat ‘dou­ble folds’ as it should. Car­pets are tidy, fit well and soak up some of the car’s vi­bra­tions. The driv­ing po­si­tion is very up­right, but the seats are sup­port­ive, and the pedal po­si­tion and gen­er­ous in­te­rior space make it com­fort­able enough, even for taller driv­ers.


The en­gine bay is tidy and pre­sentable with no signs of any leaks. The wires and ca­bles are in a good order and routed tidily. Once primed, the en­gine idles prop­erly with no signs of over­heat­ing. Photos within the his­tory file sug­gest that the side­valve en­gine was re­built at the time of body restora­tion and there’s plenty of ev­i­dence of reg­u­lar ser­vic­ing and fit­ment of new parts.


This car re­ally stands out from the crowd and is ready to be en­joyed im­me­di­ately be­cause it’s ex­empt from both tax and MoT. That said, new tyres would prob­a­bly im­prove the rather vague steer­ing and get­ting a fresh MoT ticket would be sen­si­ble. With these jobs done, this ex­am­ple of what was 1953’s cheap­est car would be ready to go here and now in 2017.


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