On this day in auto history - January 10th

Sun 10th Jan 2021

It was on this day in 1979 that the one millionth Ford Fiesta was built, helping it smash the record as Europe’s quickest-selling car in history.

Launched just 33 months previously amid a push for smaller cars in the wake of the 1973 oil crisis, the Fiesta supermini was the smallest car yet produced by Ford and was mainly built at a new factory near Valencia, Spain.

It proved a hit all over Europe but particularly in the UK where it has gone on to become the biggest-selling vehicle of all time, selling more than 4.5 million units.

To celebrate hitting the million milestone, Ford released 3100 limited edition ‘Fiesta Million’ vehicles which were produced at Ford’s Dagenham plant. Very few of these models are believed to exist today.

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