Friday, 1 June 2012 7:53 PM
As we take time to enjoy a rather long weekend, Ford has reminded us of the retro-tastic awesomeness of the 1952 Ford Consul, the one that rolled off the Dagenham production line the year the Queen was crowned. But at the time, there was nothing retro about it - it was a good example of the technology of the time and with 266 being produced every day (that's 93,499 for the year), a fine reminder that Britain can and should still make stuff. Good quality stuff, that is.
The specs were pretty nifty for the era too - fuel economy came in around 24-28mpg and top speed was 75mph (hey, that's fast enough for the roads today, what are you complaining about?). The standard equipment included a front bench seat. And, er, that's about it. The radio was optional and for an extra tenner, you could get a heater. Purchase price was £809, so probably worth spunking the extra £10 on a radio.
The good news is that the Dagenham plant is still making Ford engines and more of them than in 1952 - 987,078 annually or 2,812 per day. And the even better news is that Ford cars are even cannier too. The Ford Focus, for example, has a 1.6-litre TDCi engine that offers 67.3mpg and a top speed of 120mph. Equipment on offer includes capless refuelling and traction control as standard as well as park assist, city stop, lane departure warning and sign recognition as options. A far cry from a tenner to get the radio put in.
It's a bit steeper than £809 with an OTR pricetag of £17,795, but the fact that Dagenham still makes high tech Ford products is certainly worth celebrating this Jubilee weekend.
By Georgia Lewis
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