40 years of the Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta is this year celebrating its 40th birthday. Since its release back in 1976, over four million Fiestas have been built and sold in the UK.

This has seen the model become the best-selling Ford in the UK and the popularity of the Fiesta car is still on the rise with a recent article revealing that there were 71,990 models sold in the first half of 2015.

It is fair to say the Ford Fiesta has become an iconic car in the UK and that Ford car dealerships in Somerset and the rest of the country can expect more and more Fiesta sales in years to come.

To celebrate the iconic Ford Fiesta style here at Foray Motor Group, we, along with some other car experts, have delved back into the past and picked out our favourite Ford Fiesta cars.

Ford Fiesta MK 1

Where better to start a list of the best Ford Fiesta cars than with the very first model; the Ford Fiesta MK1.

The Fiesta MK1 was released in 1976 and was a huge hit in the UK as it became Britain’s best-selling supermini in 1978 and picked up a UK Design Council Efficiency Award in 1978.

The car, which had a four-speed manual gearbox, is widely regarded as Ford’s first globally successful front wheel drive vehicle.

MK1 Fiesta

Ford Fiesta ST

The Ford Fiesta ST is the sporty model of the Fiesta with its sports suspension and styling, six-speed transmission and advanced technology making it a popular choice amongst consumers.

Top Speed, the expert car website, revealed that the Ford Fiesta ST is their favourite Fiesta model.

Top Speed, said, “Perhaps Ford should lure in guys to test drive the Fiesta ST and a Mustang V-6 back to back. Among car guys with an internal G-meter, the Fiesta ST will win every time.”

When comparing the Ford Fiesta ST against the Ford Focus, Top Speed adds, “Little separates the two in overall performance ability or driver satisfaction, which in itself is a huge achievement for the Fiesta.”

Fiesta ST

Fiesta MK3

In 1989 the Ford Fiesta MK3, an updated version of the Fiesta MK1 and MK2 models, was produced and in the first two years a staggering one million units were made. The model still boasts the longest production life of any Fiesta to date, and in 1989 the Fiesta MK3 was voted What Car? Magazine’s Car of the Year.

The MK3 was also the first Fiesta model to boast five doors, although there were three-door models available too.

Fiesta MK3

Fiesta Zetec

The Ford Fiesta Zetec is another popular model among car enthusiasts as it boasts all of the Fiesta’s strengths and builds on it.

Car Buyer, who offer trusted car reviews from experts and owners, highly recommend the Zetec. In a review of the car they said, “Opting for Zetec spec means you get 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, and chrome trim on the outside – all of which work together to give the Zetec a more premium look than the entry-level Ford Fiesta Style.”

The sporty Fiesta Zetec is somewhat of an iconic model and has a large following with many car websites dedicated to it.

Fiesta Zetec

Fiesta Studio

The three-door Fiesta Studio is only made with a 1.25-litre petrol engine, but despite it being the cheapest model in the range it still keeps all the benefits of owning a Fiesta.

When it was released, the Ford Fiesta Studio was seen by many experts as a no-frills car for buyers on a budget, however the central locking, power steering, electric front windows, heated door mirrors and anti-lock brakes mean that the model still lives up to the high expectation that comes with Ford Fiesta’s.

Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car

In 2010 the Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show before it made its debut in 2011.

Although the car is not sold in Ford dealers in Hampshire or anywhere else in the world, the model makes this list as it became an instant success in the rallying world by taking a clean sweep of podiums at its first rally in Sweden.

Ford Fiesta WRC

If you want to find out more about the history of the Ford Fiesta, then check out our cool infographic by clicking here.

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