The World’s Wildest Ford Anglia
Where The Wild Ones Roam

The world’s wildest Ford Anglia. That’s quite a statement – and one that, after reading this feature, I’m pretty confident you’ll agree with.

Why? How about I tell you this Anglia has been a dedicated racecar since 1973? Not enough? Well check out what lies beneath, this is where things get really interesting. Here you’ll discover Formula 1, Porsche, TOCA materials and components throughout, the engine? Well that’s a mutant, supercharged Volvo motor built by a genuine Grp A touring car engineer. You’ll have to read on for the rest…

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I’ve contributed to Classic Ford magazine since 2001 and owned a modified Ford Anglia even before that. So I’ve seen my fair share of the ’60s Fords – from space-framed, engine swapped and turbocharged to carbon-clad clones. But the search for Anglia nirvana is found here in this original sinner and survivor, all twisted into one inspirational piece of motorsport hardware.

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The 105E Anglia is defined by its profile – the distinctive sloping rear window, the small-finned rear end and its idiosyncratic shape. You can see the design origins in this picture even though the only original Anglia parts on this wild ride are its roof and pillars. Everything else was custom made in the shed in the background of the opening shot.

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The story of how this racecar came to be starts in the mid ’60s when the parents of Leif Frykas, an engineer from just north of Gothenburg in Sweden, bought one.  Things really got interesting when Leif’s parents passed the Anglia on to him when he started driving in 1964. When Leif decided to go motor racing with some friends in 1973, the small, light and rear-wheel drive Anglia was an obvious starting point.

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Two years of blood, sweat and hard labour, and the racecar that emerged was Version 1.0 of this very same vehicle here. Yes, it’s a bit like a street sweeper’s broom that’s had 10 new heads and handles, but there are still a few parts that remain from that original build.

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Like any good racecar, the Anglia continued to develop throughout the ’70s and ’80s. Having started out with Ford power, the Volvo engine swap arrived a few years after Leif had started working for the Volvo experimental department. The first motor was a B20 2.0-litre and then a B21 followed it in 1981 – both naturally aspirated.

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Looking through the rear of the vented front wing at what remains of the original inner and the TOCA spec front suspension, it’s hard to believe that this has been an entirely privately funded, home-built exercise. But the reality is, when you’ve been racing and improving one racecar for over 40 years, the results can be incredible. Here you can just make out the ZF Alfa Romeo steering rack, which is connected to a Porsche 997 Carrera Cup electric power steering motor.

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The next major change came in 1986, when Leif decided to dissemble the Anglia and completely rebuild it around a space frame, which still lives on underneath the composite skin today. When it emerged in 1989, can you imagine how radical it looked? The wheels were smaller and the wings not so wide as they are now, but essentially what you’re looking at was born way back then.

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Being a race car, it’s not surprising to hear that an engine blew up along the way. To be precise, Leif tells me that some conrod bolts let go at 8,000rpm and one of the pistons ended up on the floor. Hang on – 8,000rpm? Sorry, did I not mention that by then Leif was working for Volvo Penta in marine development, and also helped build the incredible Volvo 240 Group A touring cars of the mid-’80s?

So How Did We Get Here?
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The life of this wild Anglia then progressed another generation when in 2009, Leif’s son Kjell became involved. Having been brought up on a diet of motorsport and engineering it’s no surprise Kjell has become a talented engineer himself. With Kjell’s assistance, the rebuilt Anglia remerged the same year – this time transformed into something even more incredible.

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Kjell has worked with many forms of motorsport, so he’s been exposed to some interesting components that were duly integrated in to the Anglia project. We mentioned the rather radical steering setup in the last chapter, but here we’re looking in from the front end at the genuine TWR TOCA uprights they work with. The lower arms are homemade and hidden from sight, with some helicopter-spec roller bearings in the mix too.

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The brakes are another custom mash-up of whatever worked best for their unique application. At the back, for instance, there are some modified 310x28mm Audi discs. Behind the wheels are Kjell-built Volvo S80 roller bearing hubs up with shock absorbers sourced from a JTCC (Japanese Touring Car Championship) BMW E36 318i.

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The build becomes even more amazing when looking closely at the five-link back axle. It’s a Winters Performance item with their iconic quick-change diff setup, running a Detroit locker. This is the sort of thing you’d normally find in the back of a ’32 Ford! If you look carefully you will also see the propshaft-driven alternator too – an old trick to free-up belts and friction from the engine.

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The Anglia’s skin itself is just as radical as what’s underneath. The dominant rear wing is constructed from TeXtreme, a material used by eight of the 11 teams in Formula 1 during the 2013 season. I don’t fully understand the ‘spread tow carbon fibre tape’ principle that it employs, but if it’s good enough for F1, it’s good enough for me!

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Wherever you look there’s a wealth of experience and development waiting to be discovered. Leif and Kjell are the first to admit the paint finish isn’t the best and there’s always something they want to change. But for me that’s just a reminder that the Anglia is born out of a barn in Sweden!

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So, what powers the Anglia now? It’s a four cylinder B230 Volvo block enlarged to 2,500cc and fitted with Volvo Penta marine pistons. The block is the same as I’ve got in my own Volvo 240 project, but all similarities end there. The biggest change here is that instead of a turbocharger, which is more commonly associated with Volvo, the pair have gone for a Vortech V5 supercharger. The most incredible part for me is the cylinder head, which has been made by slicing two heads horizontally down their entire length, then welding them back together to give a longer inlet track. And that’s before you get in to the larger valves and other flow work that has taken place.

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Again, that head was built in the barn, so it should come as no surprise that the only things in this picture that were bought off-the-shelf are the steering wheel, Stack dash unit and TRS harness. Obviously, we’re including some buttons, knobs and general hardware, but Leif and Kjell have fabricated the rest. The semi-reclined driving position with the shifter for the Tractive six-speed sequential gearbox close to hand looks more like it should be found in a Group C race car, but then the almost upright angle of the screen gives the game away. It’s still an Anglia.

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And that’s probably one of the best reasons to love this wild build – it still feels like an Anglia. The enlarged and aerodynamically-tuned bodywork and engine add to the bionic flavour, but somehow, even with only a few select elements of originality left, they keep the Anglia spirit alive.

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That’s what happens when you race and continuously improve a car over four decades. You don’t erase the starting point completely – you build on and around it as over the years it evolves organically.

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And that makes me wonder – how it will look in another 40 years time? With its unrepeatable history, incredibly eclectic spec list and massively impressive engineering, will it still be the wildest Anglia in the world?  You decide, but it gets my vote.

Bryn Musselwhite
Instagram: speedhunters_Bryn

1964 Ford Anglia 105E Delux

B230 Volvo four cylinder, 2.5L, Vortech V5 supercharger, custom dry sump system with Denzel pump, forged Volvo Penta Marine crank, custom-made Steven Verde rods, ARP bolts, standard Penta 151 (B250) pistons, Frykas custom-made cylinder head, homemade 50mm slide throttle body injection, Bosch high-capacity injectors, NGK 10mm motorbike spark plugs, Haltech distributorless coil pack, Bosch fuel pump, home-made exhaust

Tractive 6-speed sequential gearbox, modified B230 flywheel, ARP bolts, Sachs twin-plate sintered clutch, custom-made propshaft, Winter Performance back axle, Detroit locking diff

ZF Alfa Romeo steering rack, Porsche 997 Carrera Cup electric power steering pump, TWR TOCA uprights, MacPherson strut with helicopter roller bearings, anti-roll bar, home-made lower arms, Racing Dynamic shocks with remote canister reservoir, 900lb springs (front), 600lb springs, five-link with Watts linkage mounted very low, Racing Dynamics shock absorbers from JTCC BMW 318, Volvo S80 front roller bearing hubs (rear), AP TOCA spec six piston calliper, 348mm vented discs and alloy bells (front), 310x28mm modified Audi discs (rear) braided lines, Girling master cylinder

TOCA Team Dynamics spindle-mount wheels – 17×9-inch (front), 18×10-inch (rear), Yokohama slicks, Dunlop wets

Deluxe grille, standard rear lights, original Anglia roof/pillars, everything else is moulded from GRP, Opel three-speed windscreen wipers, 12V ceiling light headlamps, air jacks

Personal steering wheel, Sparco harness, Stack dash unit, home-made seat, home-made dashboard

Thanks: Jan Andersson, Stefan Lindblom @ GIK Turbo Teknik for his help, Yvonne Frykas

Cutting Room Floor
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very cool build, 40 years is a long time to own a car - I'm glad that he stuck with it and its always evolving!


That is insane! I know a couple of mountain passes in AZ I would run that car on, even Pikes' Peak. 
Awsome build and post.


kphillips9936 Prescott to Jerome!  Prescott to Congress via Yarnell Hill!  180 to Snow Bowl would be awesome too.


Molly Weasley would be thrilled, while her husband would be acting like an overly excited child


I've long despised this body style. But now I have to say, hell yes.

Nice find Bryn!


Holy moly.... Teach me the ways! that's the kinda build that inspires. RESPECT


Damn, how much does a "997 Carerra Cup electric power steering pump" cost? Cool little racecar nonetheless. Loving the variety around here lately, keep up the good work!


KennedyCao Hahaha yes so true!


Phishy We are focused on bringing more variety and depth to our readers and appreciate your enthusiasm and support! We look forward to your comments and delivering Pure Automotive Enjoyment!


itswhitenoise Phishy How are you associated with speedhunters exactly?


Cutting and rewelding a cylinder head, welll thats a new one for me.


Speedyquest itswhitenoise = Speedhunters' Publisher.


Lovely car, any idea on output?

The flat tow carbon is used as a surface layer on aero parts, it creates a very smooth and flat surface that gives tenths of percents in the wind tunnel :D


Acc Have a look here, TWR went mental and turned the supertouring rules upside down :D


Really like the features on SH at the moment... some awesome track builds that don't spend their lives sideways on the rev limiter! Everyone should have an Anglia in there lock-up. I keep promising myself that my exGPO '64 panel will see the pavement again soon...


That look F**kin Bonkers... ;)


Speedyquest itswhitenoise Phishy I am the Speedhuntrers Publisher and am proud to handle not only the business side but to also provide creative input as well as editing and story development. Comments like yours enable me to understand what our readers want and to continue to make Speedhunters Better, Faster and Stronger!  Thanks.


sagehatchback Thanks - We are really working hard to push the limits to provide the most varied and awesome features possible.  Very happy to know we are delivering!


SparkSilver08WRX kphillips9936 Prescott to Jerome was my first thought! And definitely Snow Bowl too. I was even pondering the road going to the Salt River run in Mesa, I forget the name.


itswhitenoise Speedyquest Phishy Well then, I would like to say thank you for all the hard work you do. Speedhunters Rocks!


Loving it too bits! Speedhunters, do more FastFords!!!!!!!!!!!!


That's badass! Also love the "classic fords decal" on a car that although is a classic can only now be described as nothing short of modern race car.


Men in sheds, again!  What an astonishing build & story. This might be car of the year for me thus far. That said, I want to see it on track with that wild MGT3B from the other day.


What a cool car. Somehow the strange lines of the Anglia really work for a race car. My father rallied a 1963 Allardette (Ford Anglia modified by Allard with a Shorrocks supercharger) in Scotland in the early 70's - I wish he had kept it!


Speedyquest itswhitenoise Phishy And Thank YOU for your loyal readership and comments - it fuels what we do!!!


Their not there. Auto-edit-bot wankers!


Their lockup you uneducated fenland 'tard...


Jeffrey Customs Awesome photo!


Bloody marvellous!


Jeffrey Customs ..Looks like he´s going into too hard angle! :o


TeXtreme is a sort of halfway house between more common carbon fibre weaves that we're all used to (1x1, 2x2, 4x4) and unidirectional (UD) carbon fibre. Nothing is better (stronger, lighter) than UD in the direction of the fibres - but there is no strength in any other direction. TeXtreme has fibres going in both directions, but it uses less material per square metre than conventional weaves, because it has fewer "over" and "under"'s per square metre - the tensile strength of the material is only in the direction of the carbon fibres, so whenever the fibres go over or under the weaves going in the other direction, they don't actually add strength. Also, the problem compounds with the more fibres you put into the weave, so a 2000 fibre/tow fabric is less than twice as strong (in tension) than an otherwise identical 1000 fibre/tow fabric


Aaaawesome! In 40 years it may have some killer electric motor in it!  :)


Gappy451 GappYx Jeffrey Customs No, he made it around the corner.  At least that's what he told me!


This needs to have a head-to-head shootout with the similarly insane MG that was featured here recently. Once the MG is done of course.


I remember this car!! Or at least I think I do:-p If I'm not mistaken, this car was white through the 90's. Growing up on all of scandinavias racetracks when my brother raced formula fords, a white, widebodied Anglia comes to mind. One of the coolest cars running in Special Saloon


Thanks for posting that! Very interesting read!


Gappy451 GappYx He's on dirt, you can fishtail a lot harder and still make it through the corner!


Hi i have also a ford anglia and im racing in a vintage category , do you know where I can buy a body kit like that also something like that...?