"CLASSIC OF THE DAY"
1967 FORD ANGLIA 1200 SUPER 123E
A touch of glamour in an otherwise conventional car, it sold like hot cakes – nearly 200,000 in the first production year. When the new Cortina came along shortly after, it appeared Ford could do no wrong. The new look Anglia used the backward angle rear window first seen on the 1958 Lincoln with restrained rear fins in an otherwise conventional design. Machpherson struts were fitted up front, while the rear axle was mounted on semi elliptic springs.
The ‘ace in the hole’ was the new ‘Kent’ engine, an oversquare ohv unit replacing the archaic 1172cc side-valve that had first been seen pre-war. Initially available in 997cc form, a longer-stroke 1198cc version appeared in the 1962 Super, these models carrying the 123E model designation. Deluxe trim and a contrasting coloured side flash differentiated the model which was an immediate success in the showrooms and on the race track, the Anglia further entering the UK psyche thanks to its starring role in J K Rowling’s 'Harry Potter' series.
This 1967 123E was purchased by the vendor as a donor car for his rally Anglia, but on close inspection it was found to be far too good to use for parts. The only paperwork that accompanies the car is a current V5, the project looking remarkably sound and complete and one which could be back on the road in relatively short order.