The rotary may no longer be welcome at Mazda, but it does continue to find good homes elsewhere. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe English cottage of a Ford Anglia is just such a home, but does it come with a price tag that says don't bother knocking?
Speaking of knocking, it appears that at ten grand fully 60% of you would be unwilling to metaphorically knock boots with yesterday's RB25det-powered MX-5. I thought that its dyno concert video would have melted your cold, cold hearts, but I guess it just wasn't meant to be.
From one Mazda with an engine transplant to another Mazda engine transplanted trans-globally, you just can't ask for a better segue than that. Do you recall the novel turned cinematic delight Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets? In that, sniveling ginger Ron liberates Harry from his Rapunzel-like bedroom sequestration in the Weasley family's flying Ford Anglia. Today's 1966 Anglia 105E doesn't need magic to fly, as that's handled by the Mazda 13B under its hood. Still, should you feel compelled to shake your wand at it, go nuts.
The original Ford Anglia was an evolution of the company's small car for the British Isles and the Union Jack-waving nameplate survived from 1939 until 1967, when it was replaced by the Escort. The 105E, as exemplified here, represented the final iteration of the Anglia, as well as a car of importance to the marque's history. First introduced in 1959, Ford of England's VW competitor was the first Ford to be offered with a four-speed transmission. Of equal importance, it debuted a line of OHV engines that would gain fame over time for powering everything from Formula Fords to the first generation of Pintos. Finally there's the styling - the Elwood Engel-penned body demonstrating a good deal of Ford's late fifties U.S. design tropes compressed into a tiny package.
This one attempts to mask that most notable and iconic of elements - the Z-line rear window, by painting the entire greenhouse black over the body's English white base. That roof line demonstrated the relationship with Lincolns and Mercurys of the era but didn't drop down as did the ones on the big Americans. Instead it was said to have been designed to maintain visibility whilst standing in the English rain. It is however, not the eggman.
Unbeknownst to many then and now, the Anglia was offered for sale by Ford here in the U.S. through the North American Sales and Service (NASS) arm, along with the Cortina. This one being a ‘66 left-hooker, it was probably originally sold here with the larger 1,199-cc edition of the over-square four, borrowed from the Cortina and offered exclusively on U.S. models from ‘65 - ‘67.
That Kent four that originally "powered" the car has been replaced by a DCOE-fed 13B out of some form of Mazda. That should improve performance from nonexistent to semi-butt puckering as horsepower has at a bare minimum trebled. Considering that the car weighs little more than a kitten's fart, any increase in pony count should make it go. Backing up the 15,000-mile fresh Wankel is an equally Mazdariffic 5-speed stick. The power is then sent back to a pair of fat-ass rear tires on deep dish alloys and sitting under tubbed wells.
The whole car looks tidy, the only questionable elements being the somewhat punchbowl turd of a hood scoop and sideview mirrors from a different era. The interior has been treated to custom upholstery and a pair of Anglia branded thrones that may have also been sourced from Mazda, but which I can't quite put my finger on. Any guesses?
Unlike yesterday's MX-5 project car, this Anglia seems sorted out and nicely finished. Sort of like a good single malt. That kind of work doesn't come free as we all know, and in fact the seller of this Anglia is angling for $7,000 for his creation. What do you think, is that a fair price for this English Ford? Or, is that too much to join the Anglia-can Church?
H/T to Biased_Waffles for the hookup!
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