Ford’s favourite hatchback is celebrating its 40th birthday this year.??

The much-loved B-segment model was introduced back in 1976, when the first unit rolled off the production line in Valencia.

The following year, production began at the American carmaker’s UK manufacturing plant in Dagenham, Essex.

In the 4 proceeding decades, 4,339,149 Fiestas were sold in the UK alone, with European figures fast approaching 18 million.

Only two years ago, the Fiesta overtook another Ford model, the Escort, to become the UK’s best-selling car of all time.

To celebrate the 40-year milestone, 40 of the nation’s favourite Fiestas, from the Mk1 to the latest ST200, travelled in convoy from the Ford Engine Plant in Dagenham to Brighton Race Course for the 2016 Ford Summer Festival.

Ford of Britain chairman and managing director, Andy Barratt, commented: “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 69-mile journey down to the festival.”

Since its conception, the Fiesta has undergone an extensive chronological evolution. From the earliest MkI to the latest MkVII, significant changes have been seen in appearance, technology and safety features.

Today’s Fiesta, boasts a range of impressive powertrains – including the multi-award winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine.

Optional extras on the model include with heated seats, cruise control and integrated navigation system – the latter of which can even include a rear-view camera.

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

July 19, 2016

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