Westrand Car Show - 1955 Ford Popular

Ford Popular


The Ford Popular was a small car with very little creature comforts. They were basic in the extreme and were designed to bring really cheap cars to the british motoring public. The first Ford Popular was the 103E and the body shell was based on the old Anglias and Prefects of the time.

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It was built from 1953 to 1959 as a two door sedan, with a 4 cylinder 1172cc engine. The only variant of the 2 door sedan was a small pick up but only a few of these were built in the UK. In Australia, however, the pickup was slightly different in that it was like our modern day “supercab” bakkies.

There you have it – a Cab and a half Bakkie, A drop hood Sports Bakkie and a Two Door Cheapie, and the cheapest car available in Britain in the 1950’s. These Ford Anglias also became extremely popular with the Street Custom and Hot Rod fans, for their light body weight and ease of conversion.

In 1959 the Ford Popular was redesigned, and again used the older discontinued Anglia body following the revamp of that particular model. The 100E also used the same 1172cc engine which had been slightly modified. This model was also stripped down to the bare necessities, but a de luxe version was made available which carried a few additional optional extras. The whole idea of this particular Ford range was to keep the cost of cars down. Obviously Austin, Morris and other British manufacturers had to follow suit to retain market share in a country that was still recovering fom the devastation of WWII. The Ford Popular in the 100E shape sold over 120000 units in it’s short lifespan of 3 years vindicating Ford’s decision to produce the car in the first place.

If you have an old car that you love or has a history or just drives you plumb crazy keeping it going enter it for the Classic Westrand Car Show – The Car Show of the Year

The Westrand Car Show is a Classic Car Show. TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRANCE TO A COMPETITIVE CLASS, VEHICLES MUST HAVE BEEN BUILT OR REGISTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1999 OR EARLIER. Only the first 180 QUALIFYING vehicles will receive a commemorative medallion. Any newer vehicle is welcome to be entered as a “non-competitive vehicle” and to be placed on show just because of “the spirit of motoring” and the desire to share the joy that your wheels bring you, with all of the rest of us. See the list of classes below and the entrance form. Remember its a fun day, so don’t take it too seriously.

Non-Competitive vehicles may enter at the gate on the day.

The Westrand Car Show is an alcohol-free event and any person found to have in their possession or to be consuming alcohol will not be admitted and/or will be asked to leave the premises of Dr. Havinga School. 


Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n klassieke motorskou. OM TE KWALIFISEER VIR TOEGANG TOT ‘N KOMPETERENDE KLAS, MOET VOERTUIE VIR DIE EERSTE KEER IN 1999 OF VROEËR GEBOU OF GEREGISTREER WORD. Slegs die eerste 180 KWALIFISERENDE voertuie sal ‘n gedenkmedalje ontvang. Enige nuwer voertuig is welkom om as ‘n “nie-mededingende voertuig” ingeskryf te word, en dit net te danke aan” die gees van motor” en die begeerte om die vreugde wat u wiele vir u bring, saam met ons almal te deel. Kyk na die lys van klasse hieronder en die ingangsvorm. Onthou, dis ‘n pret dag moenie dit te ernstig opneem.

Nie-mededingende voertuie mag op die dag by die hek inteken.

Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n alkoholvrye gebeurtenis, en enige persoon wat bevind is dat hy in besit is en/of alkohol inneem, sal nie toegelaat word nie en/of gevra sal word om die perseel van die Dr. Havinga skool te verlaat.

Competition Classes Enter Your Vehicle

IMAGE ATTRIBUTION All these images from Wikipedia, Wikimedia or Wiki Commons. Clicking on the links takes you to a full screen image
Ford Popular 103E – Chris Sampson [CC BY 2.0
1955 Ford Popular 103 e Roadster Pickup Sicnag [CC BY 2.0  
1954 Ford Popular 103E coupe utility – sv1ambo [CC BY 2.0
1955 Ford Popular – Riley from Christchurch, New Zealand [CC BY 2.0

1960 Ford Popular 100 e Pick Up -Vauxford [CC BY-SA 4.0  
1960 Ford Popular 100E – SG2012 [CC BY 2.0
1960 Ford Popular 100 E – Charles01 [CC BY-SA 4.0

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