Buy­ing Guide

Ford Pop­u­lar/Anglia

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Contents - WORDS Richard Dredge PHOTOGRAPHY Mag­icCarPics

If you’re a speed de­mon who likes a spot of lux­ury, you might as well turn the page now; the Ford Pop­u­lar and Anglia aren’t for you. How­ever, if you’re after some clas­sic trans­port with charm, prac­ti­cal­ity and sim­plic­ity, then look no fur­ther.

Few cars have the charisma of th­ese sit-up-and-beg Fords, which pro­vided basic, but af­ford­able trans­port for thou­sands of Bri­tish and over­seas fam­i­lies im­me­di­ately be­fore the Sec­ond World War, and for an in­cred­i­ble 14 years there­after. That’s right – un­til 1959, peo­ple could buy a brand new car, al­beit one with pre-war styling and me­chan­i­cal brakes, for less than £420.

Sadly, you can’t pick up a de­cent ex­am­ple for just a few hun­dred quid any more, but with good ones read­ily avail­able from just £3000, there’s still no need to break the bank to se­cure a good one.

The sit-up-and-beg time­line isn’t easy to un­der­stand. It kicked off in 1937 with the 933cc 7Y Eight and the 1172cc 7W Ten, both of which had two doors only. A year later a stretched four-door ver­sion of the Ten ar­rived, called the Pre­fect E93A. The Anglia E04A de­buted in 1939; it was ef­fec­tively an Eight with a squared-off bon­net and no run­ning boards on the stan­dard model.

The Pre­fect E93A was rein­tro­duced in 1945 then in 1948 the Anglia E494A (an E04A with a fresh grille) was launched. The four-door Pre­fect E493A went on sale in 1949 with in­te­gral (rather than bolt-on) head­lamps and an 1172cc engine.

The fi­nal it­er­a­tion su­per­seded all pre­vi­ous mod­els in 1953 and lasted un­til 1959. This was the E494A Anglia-based Pop­u­lar 103E with just one fit­ted wind­screen wiper, vir­tu­ally no bright­work to speak of and min­i­mal trim.

Run­ning one of th­ese cars is made much eas­ier thanks to the ef­forts of the Ford Side­valve Own­ers’ Club (FSOC). Club chair­man, John Porter, says: ‘ We pro­vide a com­pre­hen­sive me­chan­i­cal spares scheme for all mod­els and hold a good stock of used parts. A lot of cars are chang­ing hands with no pa­per­work and as we’re DVLA-ap­proved we can help to get an orig­i­nal reg­is­tra­tion num­ber back or have an age-re­lated num­ber as­signed to a car.

‘ With around 25 lo­cal groups, an ac­tive Face­book page and a bi-monthly mag­a­zine we’re do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to make own­er­ship as easy as pos­si­ble.’

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