Ford celebrate 40 years of the Fiesta



The Fiesta has been one of Ford's most successful models in its history, and has been the most popular car on British roads for the past seven years.

In 2014 it became the best-selling Ford model in the UK ever, overtaking the Escort. Since its release, over one in 20 cars sold in Britain is a Fiesta.
To celebrate this iconic model's success, Ford set up a 40th anniversary rally from the company's engine plant in Dagenham to Brighton, where the Ford Summer Festival was taking place.

With models from across the Fiesta's history, the seven different generations were displayed alongside other classic Ford models as they made their way down to the south coast.

The MkI Fiesta began production at Ford's Valencia factory in 1976, with models first sold in the UK the following year and multiple versions of the MkI were involved in the rally.

The 69-mile trip also had classic Ford models in the 200-car convoy, such as Cortinas and Rangers, with the various Fiesta models given the numbers 1-40 to celebrate the four decades in production.

Ford of Britain chairman and managing director Andy Barratt said: "The opportunity to have these wonderful heritage vehicles lined up next to our latest Fiestas, such as the ST200, is very rare and was fully appreciated by the Ford fans that made the down to the festival."

Other Fiesta models shown were the MkII Fiesta Popular, a MkI Fiesta Van and a modified MkI Fiesta convertible.

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Written by Jack Healy
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