|Ford Consul Classic 109E|
The Classic was made by Ford to be "suitable for the golf club car park", and was originally intended for introduction earlier and deletion later than actually occurred. The styling exercises were mainly undertaken in 1956 under Colin Neale. The main styling cues came straight from Ford USA as they often did, defining the car as a scaled-down Galaxie 500, from the waist down, topped with a Lincoln Continental roofline. In practice the run-away early success of the Anglia (1959 on) used up most of the car manufacturing capacity at Dagenham, vindicating the decision to compete against the BMC Mini (the Halewood plant did not open until 1963). Ford therefore entered the 1960s with the small Anglia, Popular and Prefect, the big "three graces" (Consul, Zephyr and Zodiac) launched back in 1956, and not the mid-size market Classic.
The Consul Classic was complex and expensive to produce and was replaced in 1963 by the Ford Corsair which was largely based on Ford Cortina components. Only 111,225 Classics and 18,716 Capris were produced. These are small numbers by Ford standards, and probably indicative of the public not taking to the controversial styling along with the availability of the cheaper, similar-sized Cortina.
|Vanguards VA35000; Ford Consul Classic 109E; Lime Green & White||
Vanguards CL1002; The Ford Classic & Capri Set
|Vanguards VA35002; Ford Consul Classic 109E; Ermine White||Vanguards VA35003; Ford Consul Classic 109E; Panama Yellow & White||
Vanguards RD1002; Brands Hatch Racing Diorama
|Vanguards VA03506; Ford Consul Classic 109E; Imperial Maroon||Vanguards VA03507; Ford Classic 109E; Top Hat Racing; Ian Drew & Tony Lake|