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Ford's 100 years in photos 8/52

  • Ford celebrates 100 years in Britain
  • A photo a week from Ford's archive
  • This week a flying Ford Cortina
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Ford is celebrating 100 years in Britain by delving into its archive of photographs.

This week we see how Ford celebrated building the millionth Cortina in 1970, by strapping it to a helicopter and flying it over the Dagenham factory were it was built.

According to Ford, it then took the helicopter two hours to fly the two-door 1600E MkII to its new owner in Ostend, Belgium.

Introduced in the 1960s, 4.3 million Cortinas were built over its two-decade production run. It was the best-selling car in Britain for 10 years of this lifespan - in 1967, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1981 and second place in eight years and third in just two.

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Missed the other pictures?
Click here to see last week's picture of Mikko Hirvonen at the wheel of a Model T.