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…


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


Fiesta is Spanish for party


Actor Jeremy Irons compared Fiesta to period drama Downton Abbey


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


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


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


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

Ford Fiesta Ladies Cup 1984

The Ford Fiesta Ladies’ Cup


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


The Police find Fiesta a useful patrol car


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


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


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


17 million cars sold, and counting