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