A hangover from the 1930s, the 103E had rod brakes, a side-valve engine, three gears, and pre-war styling. It was basic and very cheap, and remained in production until 1959. The Popular was produced between 1953 and 1962. When launched, it was Britain's lowest priced car. When production of the older Anglia and Prefect was stopped in 1953 the Popular was developed as a budget alternative.
It was powered by a Ford Sidevalve 1172 cc, 30 bhp four-cylinder engine. The car proved successful because unless the purchaser could pay the extra £100 or so for an Anglia 100E, Austin A30 or Morris Minor, the choice was the Popular or a pre-war car. A car tested by The Motor magazine in 1954 had a top speed of 60.3 mph and could accelerate from 0-50 mph in 24.1 seconds.
A fuel consumption of 36.4 miles per imperial gallon was recorded. This delightful 'sit up and beg' Ford Popular 103E was extensively re-furbished a few years ago. We are advised that work included an engine re-build, 12 volt conversion, new upholstery and headlining.