FORD FIESTA MK1

Ford's popular supermini first hit the roads in September 1976, and around 16 million models have been sold to date, worldwide. It remains a very popular car and the latest generation looks pretty sleek and sporty. However, it hasn't always been that way, and there have been some pretty ugly designs over the years. The Mk1 remains a personal favourite, and has a retro charm that later models were lacking, with the exception of the XR2, of course.
Initially, the Fiesta was made available in France and Germany, with the UK having to wait until January 1977 for its right-hand drive version - this must have been very frustrating for British Ford dealerships.
In the UK there were seven trim levels and a van, and these were the Valencia, Base, Popular, L, GL (from 1978), Ghia and S. There were two engine sizes (both four cylinders), a 957cc and 1,117cc. The U.S. version featured a more powerful 1,596cc engine across all models which were Base, Decor, Sport and Ghia. However, the Fiesta was pretty short-lived here, and was replaced by the Escort during 1981.
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Green Ford Fiesta MK1 - rear

Rear view of a Mk1 Fiesta S. Go faster stripes were very cool back in the day.

By Jonathan (Ford Fiesta) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Of course, we didn't have the luxury of power assisted steering back in the 1970s and 80s, although the Fiesta drove pretty well without it and was quite a delicate drive. However, small cars back then were never really designed for high speed motorway driving, and at 70mph they were pretty noisy, although there are many retro car fanatics who enjoy hearing the engine's raw power. It would take at least 15 seconds to go from 0 to 60mph!
One of its strong points was the suspension. There were coil springs all round, which was pretty advanced and unique for a small car. The bodywork was also stylish. This was a practical and affordable little car, and it's not hard to see why the Fiesta became so popular.
The Mk1 was replaced by a second generation model in August 1983. I much prefer the Mk1 which looked sportier with its front grille, and it remains one of my favourite Fiesta models. The 3rd, 4th and 5th generation models were, quite frankly, downright ugly.
Ford Healey Fiesta (22635660669)
By Thomas's Pics (Ford Healey Fiesta) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
This is the one and only racing green prototype created by Healey Automobile Consultants in the UK. This is an american spec 1978 Fiesta with body modifications and a greatly enhanced 1.6 litre engine. It has no rear seats, Wolfrace front seats and a roll cage. 
Ford Fiesta Festival Mk1 - public domain image

Limited edition Ford Fiesta Festival which had funky side graphics - public domain image

White Ford Fiesta Mk1 - public domain photo

White Mk1 - Public Domain Photo

This is a gorgeous shot - very autumnal. Public Domain image from Pixabay

Stunning public domain photo from Pixabay

1982 Ford Fiesta 1.1 GL

1.1 GL with sporty wheels

By Kieran White from Manchester, England (1982 Ford Fiesta 1.1 GL) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Ford Fiesta

 

1981 Ford Fiesta 1.3 Supersport
By Kieran White from Manchester, England (1981 Ford Fiesta 1.3 Supersport) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

1978 Ford Fiesta L MKI (6860866078)

Is it yellow or orange?

By Spanish Coches (1978 Ford Fiesta L MKI) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

1980 Ford Fiesta XR2 (3983284959)
By Spanish Coches (1980 Ford Fiesta XR2) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

1981 Ford Fiesta 1.3 Bravo
1981 Ford Fiesta 1.3 Bravo by Kieran White from Manchester, England[CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Ford Fiesta MK I, Bj. 1981, getunt mit MK-II-Teilen
By Lothar Spurzem (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.0 de], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Ford Fiesta Cabriolet-Umbau von Bieber 1982 (Umbau 1990) Front

Now this is neat. A 1982 Fiesta Cabriolet

By Buch-t (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 de], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Ford Fiesta MK1 front 20071023
By Rudolf Stricker (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Ford Fiesta Mk1 XR2

 

Ford Fiesta L Mk 1 (2)

Fiesta L Mk1

By OlliFoolish (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

1980 Ford Fiesta MKI (5446401126)

A slightly rusty 1980 Fiesta

By Spanish Coches (1980 Ford Fiesta MKI) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Mk1 Ford Fiesta

 

 

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