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My 105e Ford Anglia
by Bernie H., Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
If you lived in the UK in the 1960'sand 70's, you might have heard of the 105e Ford Anglia? Harry Potter fans will recall that the father of Harry's friend, Ron Weasley, also owned one.
One slight difference between Mr. Weasley's 105e and mine is that his could fly.
In 1966, my second-hand, high-mileage, rickety Ford old cost me ten pounds. I borrowed another pound to buy the previous owner a pint of Tetley's beer and a bag of salted potato chips to seal the deal. That pound I borrowed cost me another two pounds in interest one week later.
Changing the oil, the filter and buying third-party insurance, cost another five pounds, so the car owed me the grand total of eighteen pounds altogether.
I am the first to admit, there were a few small faults with the car, but nothing, as they say, is insurmountable. The scratch marks on the windscreen were so deep someone had once asked me if Tyrannosaurus Rex had attacked the car while it was parked.
I know the driver's side carpet was threadbare, and you could see the road passing by through the rust holes in the floor pan, but, if the brakes had worked properly, the body work that flapped about at speeds over 30 mph could have been a greater problem.
True, the grinding of the synchromesh on the manual gear box meant you had to stop the car occasionally to change gears, and it did put your teeth on edge sometimes. However, on a more positive note, the woman who helped me to bump-start the car one night, after the battery went flat, later became my wife.
It's hard to believe I eventually sold that 105e for thirty-five pounds to a man in a pub in Hereford.