Ford unveiled the hot new turbocharged Fiesta ST at Geneva, and then cast a long shadow over it with its popular 1980s forebear, the Mk2 XR2.
Steven Ward’s account of a three-car dash from Geneva to Menton, via the Alps, involving two Ford Mondeos and a Citroën C5 hire car. Read on to see how the team gets on… Words and photography: Steven Ward, originally published in 2009 Kings of the Alps? Mondeo team – would it beat our C5 to Menton? […]
Robert Leitch recounts his hired Ford Mondeo-bound trip from Geneva to Monaco, via the Alps. His car was in convoy (sort of) with Andrew Elphick’s borrowed Citroen C5 and Steven Ward’s (other) Mondeo. Read on to see how he gets on. Words and photography: Robert Leitch, originally published in 2009 Mondeo memories: to the Azure coast In […]
How Ford dropped the ball with an appealing sports car idea that it managed to fumble. Would the front-wheel drive Capri have altered the course of history?
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 […]
The Ford Fiesta has hit 40 and, to celebrate, 40 of the nation’s favourite Fiestas travelled in convoy from the Ford Engine Plant in Dagenham to Brighton Racecourse for the 2016 Ford Summer Festival. In the 40 years from 1976-2016, Ford has sold 4,339,149 Fiestas in the UK, with European Fiesta sales set to surpass […]
Keith Adams Back in 1981, when the development of the Ford Sierra (project Toni), was reaching its latter stages of its development, management felt the need soften the buying public. The styling, penned by Patrick Le Quement, was as avant garde as its predecessor, the Cortina’s, was conservative. So, the design team produced a more […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 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 […]
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.
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 […]
Warm hatch wonders With fewer than 50 MG Metro Turbos left on the road in the UK, it’s time to celebrate one of the most fun sporting hatchbacks the 1980s – by comparing it with the big selling Ford Fiesta XR2 and cultish Peugeot 205GTI. And as Keith Adams reckons, what was best then, might […]
Rep race Back in 1980, if you wanted the ultimate business tool on wheels, you (or your company’s fleet manager) bought a Ford Cortina. Vauxhall and Talbot didn’t necessarily agree, offering the Cavalier and Solara as very capable rivals. But which was best then and now, the Ford Cortina 1.6L, Vauxhall Cavalier 1600GL or Talbot […]
The Ford Cortina celebrated its launch 50 years ago on prime-time TV with a feature on the BBC’s One Show. Presented by comedian and actor Alexei Sayle (above), the feature recalled an hour-long documentary hosted by him on the BBC arts show Arena in 1982 called The Private Life of the Ford Cortina. The Ford […]
This weekend the world’s most popular historic race meeting, the Goodwood Revival, will celebrate 50 years of the Ford Cortina with a display of some rare Mark I models outside the RAC Earls Court exhibition. The Cortina was Britain’s best-selling car for 10 of the 20 years it was on sale and laid the foundation […]