1958 Ford Prefect 100E Saloon

Highlights


  • Fully restored in the late 1990’s.
  • Dry-stored / dry-driven.
  • Condition belies its 64 years.


The Appeal


As an entry point to the classic car lifestyle, it doesn’t get much easier, simpler and practical than a 1958 Ford Prefect 100E saloon. Essentially, it is a four-door variant of the two-door Anglia 100E – but identical on all mechanical fronts.

The 100E Prefect boasted different trim embellishments such as the ‘aeroplane’ bonnet motif, as different from the Anglia's ‘arrow'. Like the two-door Anglia, the Prefect also boasted hydraulic brakes rather than the mechanical set-up fitted to the pre- and post-war ‘uprights’ that preceded them.

The model’s virtues were strengthened by the 100E’s ingrained quality, ease of every-day use and mechanical durability. Mechanical spares and body parts are readily available and not for silly money either. 

Membership to the Ford Sidevalve Owners’ Club is open to everyone with historic, current and future interest in these early Fords and its members are as knowledgeable, helpful and enthusiastic as they come.

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The History and Paperwork


  • Low mileage.
  • Matching engine/chassis numbers.
  • Currently SORNed.
  • V5 certificate in current keeper’s name.

According to the data plate, this highly presentable 1958 Ford Prefect 100E saloon rolled off the Dagenham production lines in late May, 1958. It subsequently received its first UK registration two weeks later on the 10th June.

The car’s first proud keeper was a Mr Charles Hills of Hertfordshire, who likely paid around £660 for it – its retail price at the time. It remained in his ownership until November 1999, when he sold it to a Mr Leonard Kiff with the mileage reportedly reading 20,896 miles. 

The current keeper acquired the car in late September 2020 with the mileage reading 32,921. However, he is unable to use the car as intended due to declining health and has regrettably offered the car up for auction.

Accompanying the car will be the V5 Certificate registered in the current keeper’s name, a small file of service and maintenance invoices and two original keys.

Also included in the sale is a well-thumbed copy of ‘Ford’s New Anglia’ from the Cassell Automotive Series, written by Ellison Hawkes.

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The Interior


  • Sympathetically restored in period materials.
  • Elegant beige leather upholstery.
  • Presents in ‘lovingly used’ condition.

The interior presents mostly in very good condition throughout. The elegant, period light beige leather continues to stand the test of time and extends through to all four door cards.

The dashboard is in good condition, as are the sun visors, headlining, rear foot wells and other soft furnishings. Furthermore, the custodian reports that all the instruments, switchgear and backlights work as originally intended.

There is an issue with the lower front outside edge of the driver’s seat, which has torn through and would require an early repair so as not to spread further.

In addition, the driver’s seat back is badly stained and would require cleaning or repair by the new keeper at some point.

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The Exterior 


  • Elegantly presented in period beige and red.
  • Exterior condition is very good.
  • Pitting to most exterior brightwork. 

Handsomely presented in period dual-tone beige and red, this 1958 Ford Prefect 100E continues to wear its respray of some 20 years ago very well.

Much of the original brightwork around the car is experiencing pitting to some degree, which varies from light to severe. It would require attention at some point, which will elevate the car to a higher standard.

Overall, the exterior condition of this iconic British saloon is indicative of the love and care afforded to it by past keepers through all of its 64 years.

The factory-fitted steel wheels are in good order as are the chromed hubcaps. The wheels are shod with a healthy set of Dextero DS708 tyres all round. However, the rear left requires inflating and may be experiencing a dicky valve or slow puncture.

At the front, the headlight lenses are clear and the indicator/reflector lenses show no hint of fogging often associated with a car of this age. The same may be said for the rear light clusters.

A cursory glance down each flank shows no evidence of collision damage and all apertures open and close as intended.

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The Mechanics


  • Good online MoT history.
  • Fully serviced and maintained by previous keepers.
  • When running, all is said to be in good working order.

The car has been dry-stored for all of its ownership with the current keeper and has not been driven for some considerable time. Wisely, the battery has been kept on a trickle charge.

The keeper had the AA in the day before our visit to fire up the car in preparation. After a shot of starter spray directly into the carburettor, it duly started and eventually settled into a healthy idle. 

However, on the day of our visit to shoot the accompanying photographs, Isabella’s little 1.2-litre engine turned over at a healthy rate but stubbornly refused to fire up. Sadly, there was no time to wait for the AA on the day.

As recorded online, the car has sailed through ten of its last twelve MoT tests, the most recent of which was a ‘Pass’ recorded on 26th June, 2020, at 32,900 miles. 

When running, the custodian reports the car to be in good mechanical condition with steering, brakes, engine, drivetrain and running gear performing as well as their respective British engineers intended almost 70 years ago.

Like the immediately visible parts of this car, the underside and lower sills present in very good order with a degree of natural oxidation that may reasonably be expected on a car of this age.

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Summary


This must be one of the most enchanting Ford Prefects currently available. With its beige and red colour combination and all those soft edges and flared wheel arches, it harks back to motoring’s glorious 1950s era when things were simpler and far less complicated.

As an entry into the classic car lifestyle, it will fit in any garage – it’s an ideal classic car that takes up very little space. It’s the car’s classic good looks which will offer broad appeal. A real fun car!

It is hugely important to keep classic cars like ‘Isabella’ on the road and to encourage the next generation to continue to do so. 

You can’t beat seeing a child waving or smiling at your car, hearing a breathless ‘Wow!’ or ‘Cool!’ and hoping they draw inspiration from the occasion sometime in their future.


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1958
  • Make Ford
  • Model Prefect
  • Colour Beige and Red
  • Odometer 32,988 Miles
  • Engine size 1172
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Location Hampshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
4 bids
  • elliott•••• £3,600 12/05/22
  • danny-o•••• £3,500 11/05/22
  • balmeru•••• £3,000 06/05/22
  • Leebrya•••• £2,000 06/05/22

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