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Built in Australia, the Ford Anglia A494A was manufactured between 1949 and 1953. The legacy model Anglia was actually produced as early as 1939 in the UK and is recognized as a very British car before being launched in Australia in 1946.
How popular was the Ford Anglia A494A Tourer?
Throughout its production life, 1,594,486 Ford Anglia’s were produced before being replaced by the Ford Escort. The Australian counterpart – the A494A – was a popular choice amongst the many generations of the Anglia and was the cheapest new car on the market.
Produced as a 4-door salon, 2-door tourer, 2-door roadster utility and 2-door coupe utility, there was plenty of models to choose from.
Whilst Ford manufactured the A494A, they also sold the 4-door E493 Prefect. Although the Prefect received an upgrade for a more modern look, the loveable A494A maintained it’s more retro look with grille reminiscent of the old 7W Ten and its headlights were located on top of the guards – this is one of the more noticeable differences between the Anglia and Prefect.
A closer look at the Tourer
The tourer was recognizable as a soft-top convertible that was ideal for moderate weather. The cars we have here feature many of the original characteristics, including the large grille, large wheel wells and soft-top canopy. These Ford Anglia A494A’s has been restored to near perfect condition, and is a testament to Australian design and class during the early 50s.
What I like about the Tourer
Known for being great little cars, the small 4-cylinder car replaced the Model C Ford 10. For me, it’s the color and the characteristics that really make this car. The headlamps, shapely body and large grille are my favorite features. Let’s not forget its relationship to the flying car in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.