Looking remarkably like a big Ford Anglia or a miniature Ford Galaxie, the Consul Classic was designed in the late 1950s but did not enter production until 1961 because the Dagenham plant was still working flat-out to keep up with demand for the Anglia.
Ford built this vehicle for sale in France as a Consul 315 immediately before Britain’s (anticipated but rejected) attempt to join the European Community in the early 1960s. It is a 110E LHD version of the 109E Classic series, made in Dagenham in 1962.
It features front disc brakes with large rear drums as standard, making it a safe stopper for its day with five people on board. In addition, the car's greater length than the Anglia permitted efficient spare wheel storage in the rear wing, resulting in Ford of Britain’s largest boot capacity at 21 cu ft, - greater even than the Mk2 Zodiac!
In spite of quite a large production of 111k units sold in the UK and abroad in just over two years, these interesting Fords survive in very low numbers today with only 0.2% of production thought to remain. Only a third of these are two-door models which not only look better than the four-door but also allow easier entry and exit thanks to the longer doors.
This rare two-door DeLuxe model with column-change gears was first registered in Paris, France, in July 1962 (4135 MR 75) and is understood to have been an exhibit in a Paris museum for about 15 years.
It was then acquired by a farmer in Alencon who registered it in May 1979 (9300 QJ 61) and gave it to his son to use. However, the son soon moved abroad and did not return so the Consul was stored in a barn for about eight years before being purchased and brought back to the UK by marque enthusiast Gary Tyrell in 1988.
The stunning condition is a tribute to Gary who stripped the vehicle to basics, repainted it in the original Ford Ermine White and recommissioned and installed the restored mechanics and Ravenna Red interior, the whole process being documented by many photos on file. Well-known on the show circuit, ESV 636 has been displayed at many events over the past 30 years, winning numerous awards along the way.
The vendor acquired the car 10 years ago during which time it has been kept garaged and presented annually at shows, including the NEC in 2011 for the 50th Anniversary of the model. A fine example all round, it sailed through its MOT in April 2017 with no advisories recorded.
Altogether a rare opportunity to acquire an iconic family saloon from the Sixties, with distinctive American styling and an active owners' club, that is ready to go and show.