Concepts and prototypes : Ghia Ford Corrida
Twenty years before the brilliant Puma emerged, Ford’s talented Ghia styling studios had a crack at at building a sports coupe based on the brand-new Fiesta. Although these pint-sized sports cars were all the rage with the Italians (look at the Fiat 850 Coupe or 128 3P for a couple of great examples), in 1976, cars such as this were very much against the grain at Ford.
In fact, Project Bobcat and its massive new Valencia factory was still seen as a bit of a risk by Uncle Henry… Funny to think that now, given the Fiesta is still very much with us today. The Corrida was shown at the 1976 Turin Motor Show and, underneath its origami styling, were the running gear and platform of the Fiesta.
Unique features included hydraulically-assisted semi-gullwing doors and an all-new interior. In true motor show style, the Corrida didn’t major on practicality, with its modular dashboard and bumper-hinged split tailgate – but it proved that small front-wheel-drive platforms were more than capable of siring appealing sporting coupes.
Would a watered down version have sold in the late-1970s?