A look back at the Ford Anglia 105E (1959-1967) 0

1959 was a watershed moment for the UK car market. Three new cars were rolled out that would revolutionise the family car segment and leave an indelible mark on car design and engineering that we can still reference today. Put simply, the Mini, the Triumph Herald and the Ford Anglia 105E were industry game changers.

Of the three, it was the Mini that sold the best, it was also the most radical in design terms when compared to everything else on the market at the time. The Anglia 105E however elevated Ford to the all-conquering brand we recognise today.

Ford had opened a research and development centre in Birmingham during the 1950s, it was this focus on new car development that allowed the company to focus on specific sections of the market, with cars tailored to different demographics of buyers. The first major player to roll out of the Midlands plant was the 105E Anglia and it marked a watershed moment. The new car featured nods to US styling, understandable perhaps considering one of the main designers was Elwood Engel, borrowed from Ford USA for the project.

The car’s rear wings were a notable feature, designed using wind-tunnels to maximise aerodynamics. Additionally, reverse rake windscreen and hooded headlights raised eyebrows  The main advance on all that had come before however was the ‘Kent’ engine and four-speed gearbox which performed admirably.

The 105E would sell in enormous numbers until its demise in 1967, when the Escort Mk1 arrived on the scene. Popular with collectors today, Anglias of all variations can be found at fan events up and down the country.

 

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