Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: No, It’s Not a BMW

shot by Simon White

It’s a Ford Popular 103E, made in the UK from 1953 to 1962, and was Great Britain’s cheapest car when it was launched. Crude, simple, cheap, it was really just an updated Ford Model Y, which dated back to 1932. It had a 30 hp flathead 1172 cc four and a three speed transmission. No heater, one wiper, everything spartan and basic, to provide the lowest cost motoring possible to cash-strapped British workers who were building Jaguars and MGs to sell in the US.

It became the hot rod of choice in later years, for obvious reasons.

And yes, its grille is remarkably similar to the 1936 BMW 328.