Ford Popular 103E
1953-1959, 155340 produced.
Saloon,2 doors,4 seats
When Ford announced the 100E range in 1953 production of the old Anglia and Prefect ceased. However in an effort to offer a budget "entry" model, Ford dusted off the Anglia E494A tooling to produce the "new" 103E Popular, an old Anglia with a new name.
The 103E really was "no frills" motoring. The styling was pure 1930's, as was the old sidevalve four cylinder, although it was at least larger than before at 1172cc. There were few creature comforts in the Popular, it had a single wiper (vacuum powered!), no heater, vinyl trim and little chrome plated brightwork. Despite the Popular's poverty specification over 150,000 cars were produced from 1953-1959.
Buyers Guide Ford Popular/Anglia 1937-1959 featured in Practical Classics June 2008 – available from our sister site Bookbase. Click Here to view
|1172cc||S4 SV||Ford Sidevalve||63.5mm x 92.456mm||6.16|
|Drivetrain||Steering||Front Suspension||Rear Suspension|
|Top Speed||0-60||SQM||MPG||Engine Pwr||Comment|
|61 mph||35 mpg|
Snap crackle & pops
|Publication||Practical Classics March 2007|
|Snap crackle & pops - Practical Classics finds out why the humble Ford popular became such a favourite with drag racers.|
Side by Side - Automotive Family Fare
|Publication||Practical Classics January 2001|
|Side by Side - Automotive Family Fare - 1946 Morris Eight Series E, 1954 Ford Popular 103E, 1966 Austin Cambridge A60, 1973 Hillman Hunter, 1980 Vauxhall Cavalier.|
Starter classic - Ford 'Popular'
|Publication||Classic & Sports Car March 2007|
|Starter classic - Ford 'Popular' - Almost unchanged since the 1930s, Fords bargain-basement car of the 1950s makes a good first classic, explains Malcolm McKay.|
Buying Power - Ford Anglia/Prefect/Popular
|Publication||Classic Car Weekly 3rd December 2003|
|Buying Power - Ford Anglia/Prefect/Popular - Post-war Blue Oval motoring, with the emphasis on basic. Richard Gunn guides you through buying the cars that sit up and beg.|