1959 Ford Popular 100E


  • Fantastic baby Ford resto-mod
  • Mild custom look
  • Original side-valve power
  • Every single bill, document and invoice from new!


There are cars with some history and others with an incredible tale to tell. This one falls into the latter category. 

Bought new in South Yorkshire in 1959, 247 UYN remained with its first owner right up until 1988. 

During that period, the owner looked after it diligently, retaining every single hand-written invoice and receipt from the same garage in Thorne, near Doncaster. They build up an incredible story of a car that was clearly well loved. 

The car reappeared in the 1990s and was given a partial restoration by its new owners, before it was sold in 2017 to the current keeper, who received it as a surprise gift. 

On inspecting the car, though, he found it to be quite rotten, so he enrolled a restoration company to assist and had it professionally rebuilt and repainted, going with a very personalised rest-mod look that really suits it. 

It’s a great-looking thing that’s now enjoying an amazing new lease of life.

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  • Supplied with a current V5C registration document 
  • Restored 2019-21
  • New engine
  • New interior
  • Bare metal strip-down and respray
  • Original owner for 29 years
  • Astonishing history file
  • Masses of invoices from Small Ford Spares pertaining to recent restoration
  • Photo files of restoration, interior retrim and engine rebuild
  • Over £12,000 spent on restoration


  • Retrimmed in Ivory and Blue
  • Retrimmed and colour matched to exterior
  • Renewed carpets
  • Absolutely immaculate

One of the highlights of this car is its cabin, which has been fully retrimmed in blue and ivory. 

The seats were done by a respected and very professional trimmer with a good reputation and the finish is absolutely exquisite. 

The door cards are trimmed to match, while the carpets are in fabulous order and look. Great alongside the pale seats. 

There’s very little else, but the switchgear and controls all work as they should and a period fire extinguisher sets things off nicely.

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  • Complete strip-down and rebuild
  • Resprayed in Ford Olympic Blue Two-Pack
  • Comprehensively undersealed and rust-proofed
  • Banded steel wheel with original trims

Bought as a standard 100E, when the vendor decided to evaluate what work the car might need he found corrosion inside the bodyshell and bit the bullet, opting to have it stripped, blasted, repaired and repainted from bare metal.

That was when he also decided on a resto-mod theme, so the car was lowered slightly, banded steel wheels fitted and the colour changed from its original, paler blue to 1970s Ford Olympic Blue.

It’s a fantastic paint job and the car looks amazing with its slightly modified appearance.

All of the work was carried out in 2020 and it’s still practically spotless on top.

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  • Original side-valve engine
  • Completely rebuilt with some upgrades
  • Drives well but still running in
  • Excellent under-bonnet presentation

Under the bonnet you’ll find a freshly rebuilt version of Ford’s popular 1,172cc side-valve engine with some small performance upgrades, along with braided hoses that are partly for aesthetics but also help ensure that the car will run on modern E10 fuels with no risk of fuel line deterioration. 

The engine was fully rebuilt as part of the car’s restoration and is still running in, having covered only around 200 miles since.

The vendor has noted that there is an oil seal leak from the engine that leaks oil from between the sump and crankshaft and drips out of the bellhousing. They a have new seal that will be supplied with the car.

The vendor has also renewed the entire braking and suspension system as part of the car’s rebuild. 


The Popular is one of the most identifiable British cars of the 1960s and this one is a truly charming example that has a lot of collector appeal, not only because it’s from the first full year of production but also because it’s in very good overall condition, having been subject to a quality restoration. 

The exterior and interior are lovely and it drives as it ought to. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1959
  • Make Ford
  • Model Popular 100E
  • Colour Olympic Blue
  • Odometer 75,559 Miles
  • Engine size 1172
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Cambridgeshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
21 bids
  • ke•••• £10,500 04/10/22
  • M•••• £10,250 04/10/22
  • ke•••• £10,000 04/10/22
  • M•••• £9,900 04/10/22
  • ke•••• £9,800 04/10/22
  • M•••• £9,700 04/10/22
  • ke•••• £9,600 04/10/22
  • M•••• £9,500 04/10/22
  • dn•••• £7,900 04/10/22
  • an•••• £7,700 04/10/22

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