Ford model 100E, 101E, Anglia, Prefect, Popular, Escort, Squire, 300E Thames vehicles and spare parts

The Ford 100E broke new ground for the Ford Motor Company, Dagenham, UK, in that the design was of a monoque body and chassis construction, to produce a modern car specifically to dominate the new demand for small cars in Britain. The design broke away from the pre-war format of chassis, transverse springs etc to offer a vehicle which had acceptable handling, ride and drive characteristics. Compared to it's predecessor the whole vehicle was re-engineered, although Ford still retained the sidevalve engine, remaining at 1172cc capacity, but redesigned from the previous E93A model. Independent front suspension with Mcpherson struts, hydraulic braking system, improved 1172cc sidevalve engine, 4 speed gear box, exposed prop shaft driving sprung rear axle, all made the vehicle totally modern, enabling a manufacturing production run of nearly 1 million units, in various body guises, from October 1953 through to June 1962. Minor changes and improvements were carried out throughout the production period, the most noticeable was in October 1957, sometimes these are referred to as 'facelift' models.

The model designation given to this range by Ford Motor Company was 100E which was the engine type. British right hand drive model cars were all designated 100E from their engine number, however left hand drive models were designated model 101E. The introduction of the Thames van was given model designation 300E, but all models retained the same trusty 1172cc sidevalve engine and running gear.

The 100E Anglia was produced in October 1953 and terminated in September 1959 with 345841 units built (all 100E Anglia models were two door). In December 1953 the 100E Prefect was produced (a deluxe model with 4 doors) to continue through to September 1959 with 255655 units built. In July 1954 the 300E Thames van was produced, using the front end in common to the car, but a panel van rear, in 5cwt and 7cwt carry capacities, through to April 1961 with a total production of 196885 units, by far the majority being 300E Thames 5cwt model. Using the similar panels the 100E Squire Estate Car was launched in September 1955 offering the same trim as the current Prefect de-luxe model, to continue through to September 1959 with a production of 17812 units. A few days after the launch of the Squire the 100E Escort Estate Car was available with a lower specification to the Squire and this model continued in production until April 1961 with a production of 33131 units. With the introduction of the 105E Anglia and 107E Prefect, Ford continued to offer a base variant model with the 100E Popular (2 door model only) from August 1959 through to June 1962 with a production of 126115 units. The production figures and model type availability offered by Ford amply explain the success of the Ford 100E sidevalve motor, they have characteristics which remain with previous owners and users. They may be half a century old, but they are still capable of being used as transport on a regular basis. Although many have succumbed to rusting away, there are still good examples worthy of maintaining and using. Although some items are very scarce, a great majority of parts and spares for restoration and maintenance are available from ourselves by mail order.

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Ford model 100E, 101E, Anglia, Prefect, Popular, Escort, Squire, 300E Thames vehicles and spare parts
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