Imperial LeBaron – 1960

Imperial LeBaron 1960

This was an expensive, luxurious oddity. Chrysler had turned its Imperial models into a separate marque in 1955, to compete with Ford’s up-market Lincoln brand, so these grand cars were aimed at the pricey end of the market. In 1960 the creme de la creme was the range-topping four-door Imperial LeBaron.

Ginetta G4 – 1961

Ginetta G4 - 1961

Who says there was no room for the start-up automobile entrepreneur in postwar Britain? The four Walklett Brothers certainly managed to found a successful car manufacturing business in 1958 (in the wilds of Suffolk) and ran it until their retirement in 1989.

Hillman Imp – 1963

Hillman Imp - 1963

BMC’s Mini caused a sensation in 1959, and rival manufacturers were caught on the hop by the popularity of that innovative new small car. But they all wanted a piece of the action and the Rootes Group’s belated response was the Hillman Imp, which appeared in 1963.

Ford Capri Mk 1 – 1969

Ford Capri Mk 1 - 1969

The European idea of a perfect pony car (long front, short back) was the Ford Capri — or more accurately it was Ford Europe’s idea. The recently created conglomerate launched this trendy car in 1969, hoping to emulate the Mustang’s success in North America. The Capri was based on the Cortina platform and had common … [Read more…]

Ford Escort Mk I – 1967

Ford Escort Mk I 1967

Although used to identify an estate car version of the Ford Anglia 100E, and appearing on various Ford cars sold in North America, the Escort name started writing a long chapter in the history of European motoring with the debut of the Ford Escort Mk I in late 1967. The long-running Ford Anglia’s replacement had … [Read more…]

Ford Mustang – 1964


The first generation Mustang was a revelation. Despite an inspired promotional campaign, Ford’s most successful launch since the Model A in the 1920s still gave the Dearborn behemoth a pleasant surprise as ‘Mustang Mania’ swept the nation. Year One-and-a-half projections (the launch came midway through the 1964 model year) anticipated sales of 100,000 units, but … [Read more…]

Ford GT40 – 1965

Ford GT40 - 1965

Every competitive carmaker in the 1960s wanted to poke the all-conquering Maranello boys in the eye. Ford was no exception, fuelled by Enzo Ferrari’s abrupt termination of negotiations to sell his company to Ford. Whilst the decision to go head-to-head with Ferrari came from slighted Henry Ford II in America, design-and-build work took place in … [Read more…]

Ford Bronco – 1966

Ford Bronco - 1966

This gallant 30-year veteran was finally pensioned off in 1996, but not before going through five evolutionary stages. The first generation half-ton Ford Bronco lived from 1966 to 1977, and —choose your acronym — this compact ORV (Off-Road Vehicle) or SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) was launched as a competitor for the Jeep CJ and Harvester … [Read more…]

Ford Lotus Cortina – 1963

Ford Lotus Cortina - 1963

Although it was technically a variation on the Ford Cortina Mk I theme, the brilliant Ford Lotus Cortina deserves an entry all its own. This was one of the most interesting British saloon cars of the 1960s, making its debut in 1963 as the result of a partnership between Ford and Lotus Cars.

Ford Cortina Mk 1 – 1962

Ford Cortina Mk 1 - 1962

As the Swinging Sixties got into gear, Ford was smarting from the mauling it was receiving from the trendy car of the moment — BMC’s iconic Mini. Ford couldn’t afford to retool to produce a competitive small car, so the company went with what it knew best — a new family saloon. The Cortina Mk … [Read more…]