Back in the 1930s came the flathead. And hot rodding was born, 'V8' becoming synonymous with Ford, and representing lots of go for less than exotic amounts of money. It was the first time Fords had been sexy, epitomized perhaps by a letter from Clyde Barrow (of Bonnie and Clyde infamy) to Henry Ford, endorsing the product and saying that he always used it 'when I could get away with one'.
But the real beginning in England was the hot Cortina, perhaps spurred on by the achievement of Superspeed of Ilford's success in racing Anglias. There had been a Cortina GT since 1963
Published Dec 7th, 2015
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