You’ve come a long way baby – Fiesta hits 40!

September 21, 2016

If you didn’t learn to drive in a Fiesta then someone you knew did. We celebrate Britain’s favourite car hitting the big “Four-Oh” with some amazing shots, and a few things you might not have known…

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Fiesta started life as a secret project – codenamed “Bobcat”

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Fiesta is Spanish for party

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Actor Jeremy Irons compared Fiesta to period drama Downton Abbey

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James Bond star Roger Moore ahead of filming “The Spy Who Loved Me”

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Ahead of its time in 1979, the Fiesta tries on SUV looks for size

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Would you Adam and Eve it? EastEnders star Danny Dyer’s first car was a Fiesta

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The original Fiesta cost £1,856 – and just £5.78 to fill up

Ford Fiesta 1,1 Ghia, 1980

For extra grip in slippery conditions, snow chains

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The Ford Fiesta Ladies’ Cup

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Radio and cassette? State of the art in 1983. Now you can pair with a smartphone in seconds

KOELN, 29. Maerz 2005 Ð Vor den maechtigen Tuermen des Koelner Doms steht die Auto-Skulptur ãGoldener VogelÒ des Kuenstlers HA Schult seit 1991 auf dem Turm des Koelnischen Stadtmuseums. Jetzt wird der Fluegel-Fiesta in einer aufwaendigen Aktion von der Firma Colonia Spezialfahrzeuge ins Ford-Werk Koeln-Niehl gebracht. Ford-Auszubildende werden das Kunstwerk restaurieren. Im Mai wird der Goldvogel zum Stadtmuseum zurueck-kehren. Foto: Ford

This golden winged model can be found in Cologne, Germany, where Fiesta is built

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The Police find Fiesta a useful patrol car

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Fiesta has also always had a sporty side – like this XR2i

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Musicians namechecking Fiesta include Brit pop favourites Elastica with “Car Song”

Produktion Ford Fiesta im Ford Werk Koeln-Niehl, 1976

Fiesta special edition names have included Kingfisher, Sandpiper, and Firefly

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Today’s Fiesta ST200 can achieve 143mph – the original car managed 85mph

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17 million cars sold, and counting

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