As drag-racing grew ever-more popular in the 1950s, racers looked for smaller and lighter cars in which to put big engines. Ford's little 'sit-up-and-beg' car, which began life in 1939 as the Anglia E04A and went through from 1953 to 1959 as the Popular, proved to be ideal for the big engine swap. Its already basic interior could easily be replaced with aluminium panels to lose weight, while inside the front was deceptively large once the inner wings were cut away. With basic suspension, racers could get their car's weight right down, and modifying a V8 would see the power-to-weight ratio way beyond any supercar. As cars and racing developed, roll cages were added for safety, special drag-racing suspension was installed and the power increased with either superchargers or nitrous oxide. Such cars represent a nod to past racers, giving as much excitement, but more safety.
Anglia Gasser Specifications
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