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Badly damaged in an accident a few years back, this Anglia circuit racer is now back on track and turning heads thanks to its stunning attention to detail.

It’s highly debateable, and you could argue about it ’til the cows come home, but this is surely one of the country’s most beautifully turned-out Anglias. What’s more, it’s no pot-hunting concours car, but one that’ll be competing against far bigger-engined machinery in classic saloon car racing.

There’s no denying how sharp this 105E is, but it’s been rebuilt following a pretty serious racing accident a few years back. Rebuilt, along the way it has passed through the hands of switched-on, sympathetic people who’ve all contributed towards the way the car is today.

After its serious stuff, the car was sent to Wilf Stacey for body and paint. Originally red, the colour scheme was changed to the current Ermine White with gold roof, but sensational it most definitely is. And that traditional paint scheme, which mirrors the scheme adopted by ’60s saloon car racer Anita Taylor, is a hint of what’s going on underneath.

Second chance

Lotus and Ford enthusiast, race car builder, spares supplier and all-round decent bloke Guy Smith acquired the 1965 car at the end of last year. “I had been offered it two years ago when I had a stall at the Donington Ford Show. The owner said as it was an ex-FIA car it would make a good basis for racing again, but as I’d just bought both a 1963 and a 1965 Lotus Cortina I didn’t buy it,” he says.

But events took a turn 12 months on, as Guy explains: “I was at Donington the following year when the owner came up and told me the car was still for sale. While basically a bare shell, various bits had been added for track days. This time I bought it and took off all the bits I couldn’t use — even the axle came out, and I started building it up from there.”

For Guy, the Anglia was a trip down memory lane and was a way of going back to his youth. “When I was 17 I built an Anglia for hillclimbing, but because I worked for a racing team and was always busy with that, the Anglia was never properly finished, so I’m pleased this car has been completed.”

Because the car had been run to FIA Appendix-K regulations in the past, the plan was to keep it that way and run it in the Under 2-litre Class, a series that’s run across Europe and features races at Spa, Pau, Monza, Paul Ricard and Oulton Park. The Anglia will be up against pretty stiff opposition, including Lotus Cortinas and Alfa Giulias.

So Guy piled in, starting with the engine, which was built by Stuart Rolt. It’s got a Rolt head and has been balanced and Tuftrided, which means it’s now developing between 95 and 100 bhp. “That might not seem a lot, but it’s double what it had in period,” Guy says. “At about 4000 rpm it really kicks in — lively and fun.”

And it sounds fruity too, with a 105Speed exhaust system.

Foriegn ambitions

While aiming for the Under 2-litre Class series, the rules for Appendix-K are pretty strict about what can (and can’t) be done, so there’s not too much freedom of choice when it comes to putting a car together.

“I’m obsessive when it comes to building, so I replaced all the bolts with NAS bolts and K-nuts, which are aviation-specification.”

The rules include other stipulations, such as door windows that have to wind down, although these are now plexiglass. And talking of windows, the stock single-speed windscreen wipers are still fitted… Along the way Neil at 105Speed proved helpful, both with advice and with parts supply, and Guy added a Safety Devices rollcage and a bespoke, ATL-made 60-litre fuel tank.

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The suspension system’s also had a major upgrade — as far as the rules allow — and includes Gaz struts at the front, as well as a Milton anti-roll bar kit while at the back you’ll find Armstrong adjustable lever arms. Braking duties are carried out by P14 callipers up front with 1200 drums behind on a Milton pedal box, while the Anglia rolls on control-specification Dunlop 4.50 M-section tyres and new old-stock steelies, which look the business.

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A new wiring loom was added, along with all the necessary brake and fuel lines, which now run through the bodyshell rather than under the floorpan. Guy’s also bolted on a period-style Moto-Lita steering wheel and Sparco seat, while under the dashboard there’s a Milton pedal box. Door cards are fitted, but because black ones aren’t easily come by, Guy painted a blue set with Vinylkote with startlingly good results. And it’s not just new old-stock wheels Guy managed to source — he also fitted NOS front and rear lights and grille, and he’s on the look-out for side trim to replace the tidy yet slightly worn ones already fitted. 

So how does the Anglia’s creator, Guy, feel about his end results? “I’m pleased with how the car turned out and it’ll certainly an unusual sight on the tracks.” 

Words Richard Barnett

Photos Jon Hill

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