Lot 322 - 1983 12918 Fiesta Popular Plus
|Odometer reading||21,197 miles|
|Result||Sold - £2,632|
The Fiesta was originally developed under the project name
'Bobcat' and approved for development by Henry Ford II in September
1972. The car was to have a wheelbase longer than that of the Fiat
127 but with overall length shorter than that of the Ford Escort.
The project was approved for production in autumn 1973 with Ford's
engineering centres in Cologne and Dunton (Essex) collaborating.
Ford estimated 500,000 Fiestas a year would be produced and built
an all-new factory near Valencia, Spain and a transaxle factory
near Bordeaux, France together with factory extensions for the
assembly plants in Dagenham; final assembly also took place in
Valencia. The shortlisted names for the new car designed by the
project Bobcat team were Amigo, Bambi, Bebe, Bravo, Bolero, Cherie,
Tempo, Chico, Fiesta, Forito, Metro, Pony and Sierra. Several of
the shortlisted names were later used on other cars, including
'Sierra'; ironically the 'Metro' nameplate was introduced by rival
manufacturer British Leyland for the similar-sized Austin Metro in
1980. After years of speculation by the motoring press about Ford's
new car, it was unveiled at the Le Mans 24 Hour Race in June 1976,
and the car was launched and on sale in France and Germany in
This Fiesta 1100 can only be described as being in 'time warp' condition. First registered on 27th August, 1983 and with only two previous keepers in its 30 year life, this 21,000 mile, 1117cc Ford Fiesta is supplied with a V5 registration document and a full year's MoT test certificate. With an engine that starts immediately and a smooth change on the gearbox, this is a car that can be shown at local car clubs or simply used and enjoyed on a regular basis.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.