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.
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]