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Ford Anglia Sportsman

However British the Ford Anglia may be, the styling is very American: look at the sloping nose, the wide chromed grille and the small tailfins.

The most striking detail, however, is the Anglia’s backward-slanting rear window, derived from the 1959 Lincoln Continental, and which would also be applied to the Citroën Ami a little later. Advertisements claimed the window was designed like this to keep it clear in rain. It became the most recognisable styling detail of the Anglia, of which this is the Sportsman model. It was produced solely for the European market and featured the spare wheel mounted on the rear bumper, known as the ‘Continental Kit’.

A Ford of this fourth and last generation model, produced from 1959 to 1967, played a part in the film ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’, released in 2002. The Ford Anglia was succeeded by the Ford Escort.

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