Ford model 105E, 106E, 123E, 124E, 307E Anglia saloon, estate and van

The Ford 105E model, often referred to as the Anglebox because of the reverse sloping rear window, was the culmination of the efforts of the Ford product planning department, who conceived this rational design when Ford of Dagenham realised in 1956 that they needed to fill model gap between the 100E model and the Mk2 Consul presently in production. The designs in the automotive industry required to offer mass production for the new motoring population away from the austerity period of manufacturing rebuilding.

The structure of the monocoque body shell of the model 105E differed considerably from the preceding 100E range, it was lighter and stronger, due to substantial use of sturdy inner panels and the understanding of cross bracing to transmit loads. The slightly longer yet narrower wheelbase of it's predecessor allowed better rear seat accommodation.

The engine that was to power this new vehicle was also revolutionary, it to be the 'Kent' overhead value unit which was to prove so successful to be offered in many guises over it's long production life. Initial models were powered by the 997cc unit and designated 105E (106E for LHD) for saloon and estate models, 307E (308E for LHD) vans, and later the 1198cc unit was fitted as an alternative to allow differing designations, 123E (124E for LHD) for saloon and estate models, 309E for vans. At different times the trim and upholstery allowed production of de luxe, super and standard models.

The 105E Anglia model was only ever built in 2 door form, from October 1959 to November 1967, with a production of over a million units, as a saloon, estate or van. It earned it's place in motoring as being many people's first 'new' car due to it's extremely favourable motoring publication reviews, versatility, quality etc. It might not have been the cheapest of 'family cars' at launch but it's ride, drive and reliability served it well. The cars found their way very quickly on to the rally and racing circuit where they proved their worth. Many of the tuning companies of the day offered conversions to increase power and handling, and to this day many vehicles still compete in competition with various forms and degrees of modification and tuning.

These models are well worth preserving, as being able to be used alongside modern traffic, the parts that are required to keep them on the road and for restoration can be obtained from our extensive range, click on parts for details.

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