Ford pop, Anglia and Popular cars and spare parts

The Ford Anglia and Popular model cars manufactured by the Ford Motor Company, Dagenham, Essex, England, between 1938 and 1959 have become rather affectionately known as the 'sit up and beg' pop, the 'upright pop', the 'ford pop' or 'ford upright'. What ever it was called, the Ford Popular and Anglia had a virtually unchanged manufacturing production whilst it's contemporaries has been discontinued by other motor manufacturers. The popularity of the vehicle range is shown by the volume of the manufacture, 164585 Anglia models, 155350 Popular models and 96,671 5cwt commercials. The Ford pop and Ford pop van have their ancestry from the Ford model Y and C models, and the vehicle was totally designed by Ford in Britain, drawing on their knowledge and success of the earlier models. The 8hp 933cc side valve engine was continued, albeit in a modified design, which powered all the standard home market vehicles initially, though export models of Anglia cars were usually fitted with the larger 10hp 1172cc side valve engine. The wheel base of the models was usually 90", with some export models using the slightly longer 94" wheel base chassis which was normally used on the 4 door Prefect models.

The 7Y model offered 1937 to 1939 was the first to adopt the 'Ford upright' or 'Ford pop' shape and design with characteristic sloping cowl and long aperture. A radical re-design was offered in 1939 with the launch of the E04A Anglia model which had a projecting cowl in place of the sloping one previously, still retaining the expected centre hinged bonnet, but with the added benefit of a external fold down boot lid space for luggage etc. The previous 7Y had access to the luggage space located behind the rear seat only from inside by tipping the seat forward. All Anglia and Popular models were only two door, thus the 'two door pop' reference came in. In 1949 a reversion of the front cowl design was brought back, designated model E494A Anglia but this time the single long aperture was replaced by the two long aperture cowl which is the shape that most people have memories of for their 'Ford Pop' day recollections. The 5 cwt commercial E04C produced 1946 to 1948 retained the 7Y cowl, and when in 1949 the Thames or Fordson E494C was produced this used the two slot cowl throughout to it's demise in 1954 to be replaced by the Ford 300E Thames van.

The export market was offered the 10hp engine in nearly all cases, one exception being the Australian market A54A Anglia built 1948 to 1948 which retained the 8hp unit. Most export panel vans were also supplied with this more powerful unit and designated E4930C/B. The export Anglia models were fitted with the 10hp 1172cc sidevalve engine and designated E4930A/B for the right hand drive models and E4930AF/B for the left hand drive models. In 1953 Ford launched the totally new 100E Anglia, but in their wisdom of marketing they continued to offer what was the export Anglia as the 103E Popular (104E for left hand drive models), the 'Ford Pop' perpetuated and sold in huge numbers with it's no frills concept, transverse spring, torque tube, beam axle, vacuum wiper motor etc, against the the innovations of independent front suspension, monocoque construction, overhead valve and 12volt electrics, at �390 against sparsely furnished rivals with prices starting at �481. Production by this time had been moved from Dagenham to Doncaster, the 'upright Ford pop' finally ceased production week ending 14th August 1959, a basic design which had survived 22 years against huge progress in the motor industry.

Although the basic design remained the same for so long, there were many slight changes, but other than the cowl design change of 1939 to 1948 the shape of the 2 door body remained unchanged. From the outside the grill changed from one long slot to two long slots, the headlamps changed in size, some cars had running boards and others had none, scuttle vents changed from clam type' to 'rectangular opening ventilators', badges changed etc. Internally there were dashboard changes from painted metal to bakelite, upholstery trim changes etc. But throughout the production the emphasis was to produce value for money motor vehicle, this must have been achieved because of the fond memories and recollections that so many people have for the 'Ford pop' 'Upright Ford'.

Survival of these old vehicles is entrusted to numerous custodians who restore, cherish, use and maintain these fine vehicles throughout the world, they have got to nearly every corner, there can not be many places that do not have a surviving 'Ford Pop' somewhere. The parts availability to keep these Ford Pop cars and vans on the roads is maintained by a few enthusiastic specialists who mail parts all over the world, click here for more information.

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