The Ford Popular 100E was produced between 1959 to 1962 and a total of 126,115 were made. In 1960 it was the lowest priced British saloon car at £494 including taxes. Fitted with a 1172cc, 71.55 cubic inch side valve engine and 3 speed manual gearbox , with a top speed of around 70 mph.
437UXC was first registered on june 24 1960. Prior to purchase , she had been re registered . She was purchased through ebay and driven home from Brighton just prior to her 44th birthday in 2004 and has since been used on a daily basis , including visit's to a number of railways. In August 2011, she set off on her [probably] longest journey to date. Driving down to Dover and then on the ferry to Dunkirk, visiting the Baie De Somme in France and just over the border to De Panne in Belgium. June 2012 and a journey of well over 1000 miles is covered , with a visit to "Locomotion en fete " vintage vehicle show near Paris and the Le Mans 24 hour's . A journey not without incident !!!!!!! Problems arose on the return journey from Apedale Moseleys first classic car rally in may 2013 , with a distinct knock from the engine's bottom end main bearings and this resulted in the first ever tow in 9 years of ownership. She may have got home , but rather than risk destroying the engine , she was recovered home. This was 2 days after she had gone through yet another MOT passing with no problems. At the moment [june 2013] she is parked up, awaiting repairs , with the possibility of her being mothballed for a while and another vehicle being purchased for use over the summer.
AUGUST 2016. With the loss of the storage garage , we had to make the sad choice to be realistic and finally part with the POP. With a lack of funds and nowhere to do the work , she has now moved a few doors down the street , where , when she returns to the road , she should be looking very smart .