Tested : Princess vs Granada vs Renault 20


After the Princess received its O-Series engine in 1978, it was finally capable of battling with the rest of the best of the full-sized European opposition. The main target was the base model Ford Granada, but the Europeans were strong in this sector, too. Keith Adams compares the Renault 20 and Ford Granada against the […]

Video : Ford Escort Mk2 promotional film

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Keith Adams Britain loved the Ford Escort Mk2. It was consistently the second best selling car in the UK (behind the Cortina) for its entire five-year production run. It was cheap, simple to service, there was a dealer on every corner, and generally they were good to drive – even the basic 1.1-litre Popular models. […]

Video : Twenty years of the Mondeo

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The Ford Mondeo is celebrating its 20th anniversary and more than 4.5 million sales in Europe, including 1,400,000 in the UK. To mark the occasion, the company has released a new video with voiceover by Ray Winstone. The Mondeo was introduced in 1993 following a five-year, £3bn development programme and was named Car of the […]

The cars : Ford Sierra development history

Ford Sierra

Replacing the Cortina was never going to be easy – it was a British icon, and a top-seller for more years than the company’s rivals care to mention. That led Ford of Europe down the path of radicalism… and as we all know, customer resistance soon followed. However, the ending was a good one. By […]

Tickford’s Ford : The Capri 2.8i Turbo


Richard David Nener During 1981 John Miles was writing for Autocar. At that time he purchased a 3.0-litre Capri from Ford’s press department and used this car as a test vehicle for over 25,000 miles. He installed a very modified 3.2-litre engine, and most importantly modified and tweaked the suspension. Miles was, and continues today, […]

Tickford’s Ford : Orion 1600E

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Richard David Nener In 1989, the Escort and Orion were coming to the end of their production run, and Ford wanted to send them off in style, as well as introduce a new halo model. Taking its inspiration from the Cortina Mk2 16ooE, and intended to sit in the range above the 1.6i Ghia, Ford […]

The cars : Ford Mondeo design story

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The Mondeo celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2013, and to mark the occasion Andrew Elphick recounts the story of its design, development, and subsequent introduction of Ford’s vitally important mid-liner. And it really was an exercise in clean-sheet design. One world, one vision These were the words of two giants – one, the world’s most […]

Concepts and prototypes : Ford Mondeo design sketches

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Cab forward Mondeo The Ford Mondeo, CDW27, went through a long and considered design process – here are some design sketches early in the development process, around 1988. As you can see, cab forward was a big aspect of the Mondeo’s eventual design.  

The cars : Ford Zephyr/Zodiac Mk4


Ford of Great Britain found itself in the enviable position of being able to do no wrong during the post-War years with its large cars. From the Pilot V8, to the Consul, Zephyr and Zodiac, big car buyers flocked to their local blue oval dealership. But in 1966, it seemed that the company stalled with […]

Not their finest hour : Ford Sierra 2.0 (i4 engine)

The Ford Sierra - Post 1990 models were good looking machines but dogged by cheap engineering under the skin.

Mike Humble To quote David Grohl of Foo Fighters fame (the nice man of rock), I have a confession to make: I like the Ford Sierra. It took 14 years after its launch for me to really appreciate it, though. Being the age that I am, I grew up loving and worshipping cars that were […]