Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

When Ford Went Modern

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

When Ford Went Modern

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Byline: Ian Johnson

EVEN by the early 1950s some cars were clinging on to prewar features such as pedals that sprouted through the floor rather than suspended as we know them today.

Ford was one of the manufacturers that hung on to the old ideas but it rapidly started to move away from them with a new range of models that transformed its image of a manufacturer of rather upright old fashioned cars that often came in black.

One of the new image cars was the Anglia 100E which replaced the old fashioned Anglia and Prefect of the 1940s.

Out went the former model's reinforced chassis frame and in came integral construction.

It was also goodbye to the archaic transverse leaf springs in favour of MacPherson strut independent front suspension. Ford still stuck to the side valve engine but it was made more powerful and smooth with bigger valves and bearings and adjustable tappets.

In 1953 a 100E would have cost the princely sum of PS360 plus around PS151 in purchase tax, making it very popular with families. …

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