Vive La Difference! (Ford Consul Cortina Mk1) - 1962

The revolutionary Ford Consul Cortina was launched in 1962, and was an immediate success. This film was made to show potential purchasers how versatile it was, and how Ford had gone to great lengths to research it ahead of producing this exciting new family car.

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Ford Cortina Mk I Testing - 1962
This 1962 film shows the brand new Ford Cortina Mark I - "a small car with a big difference" - being tested at the British Army's Fighting Vehicles Test Ground. The statistics reveal the car to have an acceleration of 0-60 MPH in a mighty 25 seconds. The eagle-eyed among you will spot that the car is badged "Consul 225", a name that never made it on to a production model.





Ford Thames Trader Truck from Uganda
The 1959 model truck is still running in Uganda and doing all sorts of things including campaigns for Obama.





Five Stars Ahead (Ford Anglia & Prefect) - 1952
This is the 1952 launch film for the new E100A Ford Anglia and Prefect range. Shot in 35mm, this film has some lovely shots of Ford's design studios, the factory at Dagenham, the prototypes undergoing testing, and finishes with the new cars being used by delighted families. Filled with optimism, this film captures the mood of motoring from the time, where the country was emerging from the post-war gloom days and looking to a brighter new future.





Ford Corsair V4 - 1965
This advert was made to launch the new Ford Corsair V4. One of the slogans for the marketing campaign was "The Car That is Seen and not Heard", and this ad emphasizes the "smooth, silent" driving experience that the glamorous young couple are lucky to have as they set out for a romantic day on the beach, leaving the noisy city behind.




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