Not today (production began in May) but nonetheless 40 this year.

Happy birthday, Fiesta Mk1.

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In trivia news, there was a Ghia model which was appropriate because it was styled by Ghia.

The first models had a choice of 957cc (40 or 44 bhp or a 1117cc (52-55 bhp depending on model) engines which could trace their origins back to the 1950s Anglia.. Four manual gears and you did everything yourself, including the choke. Not a lot of go then, but as it weighed about as much as a packet of crisps that wasn’t as much of a problem as you might think.

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