This Anglia was a Classic Ford magazine feature car in back in 2008. This highly modified Anglia has covered 5460 since rebuild and conversion to track -look car. The vehicle has been stripped out to replicate MSA race spec. It wouldn't take much to make this car meet race regulations. Owned by the current owner for 9 years. Originally converted by its previous London owner in 2004, using an engine from a Westfield, this unique Anglia was then sold on a few years later, in a deal to Ian Lawrence (Scotland). The current owner then acquired the vehicle in July 2009. The V5 is in the owner’s name. When acquired by the current owner, in 2009, the odometer read 361 miles. The colour is the traditional Team Lotus evoking Ermine White with Lotus green side stripe. The bodyshell is essentially a standard 1961 Ford Anglia 105e 997cc two door.
The shell is extremely sound for this type of vehicle with no indication of structural failure or corrosion being present. The underside is thought to have previously been stripped back and then treated prior to a protective under-seal being applied.
The vehicle comes with 5 genuine 5.5 j Lotus steel rims. Front bumpers are stainless steel Lotus Cortina style front quarter bumpers, with a stock Anglia rear bumper. Windscreen surround has aged as has the rear bumper. Door handles are presentable. The front grille shows signs of stone chips as some paint has flaked off revealing the original bright-work underneath. The car has a used patina with slight stone chip marks to the front panel and wheel arches. The passenger door has a crack mark where a previous body filler repair was made. The windscreen chrome and rear bumper is commensurate with a vehicle that is 57 years old. There is very minor surface rust around wheel arches and wheel arch lips.
The cylinder head was rebuilt in 2010, with new valves and valve guides plus hardened exhaust valve seats. The engine was rebuilt/overhauled in 2012 by Newtons Engineers in Liverpool. A Lotus ‘tall block’ twin cam engine of 1700cc with twin WEBER DCOE 40 carburettors. Electronic ignition has been fitted. A stainless steel 105 Speed performance manifold and exhaust expels the unwanted gas. Renewed engine parts consisted of new bearings, shells piston rings and one new piston, with new timing sprockets and chain. A heavy-duty clutch, engages with a Ford 2000e 4 speed close ratio gearbox which was rebuilt by BGH in 2017. A heavy duty 105 Speed one-piece prop shaft connects the standard Anglia 105e rear axle with 4.1 ratio. The Anglia has a Ford Mexico clutch slave cylinder, fitted new in 2015.
Steering comes courtesy of a standard Anglia steering box. Milton spherical bearing race spec adjustable track control arms have been fitted and LEDA Ford Cortina Mk2 modified front struts with coil-overs allow for adjustable height on 2.25 inch 170lb front springs. With that set up you can certainly appreciate the Milton front strut brace and adjustable top mounts, and a Milton ‘double’ front anti roll bar. The rear leaf springs have been de-cambered and the rear axle is located by Milton ‘A’ frame locating struts with spherical race bearings. Ford Mexico/AVO rear telescopic dampers finish of the back end set up.
Stopping power comes from a Milton reverse brake and clutch master cylinder pedal box. Front brakes are Ford Capri items with the vented discs. Rally Design replacement callipers were fitted in 2014. Rear brakes are standard Anglia 997 items, and a cable hand brake. Braided hoses have been fitted to the front calipers as well as to the rear.
The door cards are aluminium sheet, as is the firewall. A modified dashboard and instrument cluster face the driver, complete with a dash mounted battery isolation switch. A fibreglass bonnet and boot lid add to the lightweight theme. Monza race bucket seats are fitted, along with Blue Willans 5 point driver seatbelt with 4 point harness for the passenger. The car is fitted with a battery cut out switch which is dash mounted.
The car has a stripped-out track-car style interior with no padding or sound deadening or soft furnishing. Checker plate aluminium flooring is the order of the day. It has been fitted with a full Safety Devices full roll cage which is welded in place to also provide additional rear suspension bracing and support to the turreted rear shock absorber mounts. A new laminated windscreen was installed, along with polycarbonate side and rear windows.
Fuel is delivered to the engine from the original fuel tank by a floor mounted interrupter pump via a filter king pressure regulator. The original wiring harness has been adapted and has inline fuses installed to provide electrical protection to circuits. Period factory and race spec cars didn’t. The battery is located in the boot with a little room for the shopping.