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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 9:42 pm    Post subject: Article: mentions Cortinas Reply with quote

This article mentions the sucess of Cortinas, and makes some other good points as well

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jaime owns the MKII Lotus Cortina that Ford gave to Colin Chapman.
Just think if Ford had sold the original Escort over here.
I remember when a friend & I went to a Ford dealer in Vallejo,CA,
while we were racing our Fiestas at Sears Point in (I think) 1981.
We looked at the new Ford Escort.... & were NOT impressed.5ft. long
heavy doors,etc.
Sad to think that those were the "Good old days".

- Doug
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:12 pm    Post subject: Kitman Article Reply with quote

Back in the day, I had the same opinion of the Maverick and the Mustang II that Jamie Kitman espouses. But 30+ years on I am not ashamed to say that I actually like these cars, especially the Maverick. This doesnít mean that think that they are great cars, they arenít, just that I enjoy their period 70ís charm.

Actually, the Maverick didnít replace the Cortina in the US (they overlap by 18 months), the Pinto did. And the Pinto, while flawed, was a breath of fresh air for Ford USA. A lot of the mechanicals were sourced from Ford of Europe; in fact this was the first four banger American Ford since the Model B.

It is true, especially with the 1981 Escort, that when Ford did produce a European designed Ford in North America, they tended to water it down to a US mass-market common denominator Ė but hey, that was an industry wide practice. Compare for example the German-built VW Rabbit with the Pennsylvania-built Rabbit it was replaced with in Ď79.

I hope that the North American market has reached the stage where Ford can really do well here with non-watered down versions of their European-designed cars in the near future.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well the Fiesta was alot better performer than the American Escort!

While the Maverick was poorly conceived and had clumsy handling etc they were quite reliable and better suited to the harsh Canadian winters than what the Cortina was. At the time the American industry was stuck on building cars with long hoods and no trunk like the Pinto, Gremlin, Mustang etc.

Yes. bring on that European Focus!
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