Ford of Britain 100th Anniversary – Photo Gallery Page Three
On a typical British farm the farmer tends his cattle while the horses wonder whether the 1953 Ford Anglia's 36bhp is any match for them.
British drivers Roger Clark and Jim Porter demonstrate their Ford Escort Mk1 Twin Cam's potential as a boat during the 1969 San Remo Rally in Italy. The pair went on to win the Circuit of Ireland Rally the following year.
The Futura Concept Car was built in 1954 and designed to 'garner valuable engineering data and test public reaction to styling.' A decade after its debut the Futura became the inspiration for the Batmobile in the popular 1966 television series. Although radical in appearance the Futura featured many ideas seen as mainstream today such as power-steering, power brakes, dual exhausts etc.
Back in 1985 stunt man Steve Matthews took his Ford Transit a bit further by leaping over 15 cars to raise money for charity. Rumour has it the only modifications were the removal of glass and an ample supply of gaffer tape to the bonnet.
British-built Ford V8 Pilot participating in the Monte Carlo Rally. With the standard car weighing in at nearly one and a half tons (3,248lb/1,473kg), the Pilot was hardly the ideal race vehicle. But in an era before space-age alloys and super-strong plastics it was the weight of the Pilot that made it robust enough to take victories in 1950 at the Tulip and Lisbon rallies.