Say'Ford'and several names and images one thinks of: mass production; the'Model T '; the name'Henry'and the iconic signature style Logo. For my generation, growing up in the Seventies,'Capri'and'Escort ', are names that stay with us, as are windy words like Zephyr and Cortina for the Sixties folk. Cairns escorts
Ford cars are ubiquitous, and their images sustained, and a couple of have popped up during my life. The first that I can remember is a beigey/goldey/ rusty coloured Mark IV Cortina.
The Mark IV was assembled in Dagenham, Essex, and was the United Kingdom's most popular car of the seventies, in production from 1976 - 79, and the successor to three previous generations / incarnations first released in 1962. This one was squarer and somehow chunkier than its forebears, and came as either as saloon or estate. You have access to anything from a 1.3 litre to a 4.1 litre version somewhere on the planet, with models being assembled in Australia and New Zealand, as well as in Taiwan and Korea.
There have been at least six previous owners listed for ours when we purchased it from a friend with whom we Orienteered at weekends back in the first eighties. It had a brown vinyl roof, went like the clappers, and had a 2.0 litre engine fitted where once a humble 1.6 had rested. To begin, it came with a screwdriver - no key - while the ignition bits had been removed at any given time when someone somewhere had nicked the thing. We were young, it absolutely was inexpensive: I remember that one of my cars to be fun. It followed a nasty, ill-judged, Mini which tried to kill us on the A37 south of Bristol, and our second car, a safe, dull, ordinary (except for the clever suspension system which caused the car to sit up and take notice when the important thing was turned and engine started) Citroen GS in'Beige Opale '. Escort Engine
Aside from a period of time owing an orange Orion (which you can open with just about any Ford key at the time (or so it seemed)), another significant Ford moment for me was witnessing a little corruption in industry in the Nineties, when a'Probe'was'gifted'to a parts buyer in exchange for a favourable outcome on a contract. The man had expressed an interest in the automobile to a Sales Director, whose company car it absolutely was, and it became section of an incentive package that included foreign travel, a samurai sword and a female of the night. But enough of this, jobs were lost, contracts renegotiated, and the planet managed to move on - and now we find eleven million VW cars under scrutiny for many extremely questionable cheating business practices.
An all natural successor to the Capri, the Probe was Sports Coupe built-in Michigan between 89 and 97. Built on a Mazda platform with the 2.0 litre or 2.5 litre V6 Mazda engine, the second-generation model was one that I came across. All that I must say i remember of it is that it was quick and low and a little too chunky, and constructed with gentlemen of a particular age in mind. I wasn't that age then, and didn't covet the thing. It had been blue. The story that surrounded it really was what it absolutely was all about - but isn't that finished with any possession really, an incident of'look at me, come and hear my story '?
Fords endure, models come and go. Granada, Cortina, Scorpio and probe have given way to Fiesta and Focus. Off our lot Fiestas fly, and Focus's sell. The Focus could be the UK's commonest car - unsure why. Click here