Ford of Britain 100th Anniversary – Photo Gallery

On 8 March 1911, just three years after Ford’s ‘Universal Car’, the Model T, was unveiled in Britain, Ford Motor Company (England) Limited was incorporated to look after the most important market outside North America.

Ford’s start in Britain had humble beginnings. In 1903 two Ford Model A cars were shipped to England and a modest trade began. The Ford Model B took to London’s roads in 1905, forming part of the earliest fleet of motor taxi cabs. It was the world debut of the Model T at the 1908 Olympia Motor Exhibition that convinced Ford a British company was needed.

To celebrate the centenary of Ford of Britain in 2011, the company has been digging through its photo archive to reveal rarely seen images. Each week in 2011, Ford released a new picture that best illustrated its relationship with Britain and its society. Here are our Top 20 favorites.

Ford of Britain 100th Anniversary – Photo Gallery

Ford GT40 Le Mans 1966
Ford GT40s claim first, second and third place at the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours race. After an unimpressive first attempt in 1964, the Ford GT40 Mk II emerged in 1966, claiming the first three places at the Daytona 24 Hours. At Le Mans, it set new speed and lap records, before taking the top three spots.
Ford Anglia 105E police car
Village bobby patrolling in a Ford Anglia 105E
Ford Capri prototype Project Colt
Taken in 1968 when the soon-to-be launched Ford Capri was still Project Colt, a programme for a European Mustang. In an age before sub-zero environmental laboratories, Ford specialists took to the wilds of Finland to ensure the car could operate in the harshest climate.
Nutty Club Ford Anglia
Canadian confectionery company, Scott-Bathgate Limited, takes delivery of Dagenham-built Anglia models. In a market renowned for large powerful cars, the compact British Ford Anglia offered the perfect novelty value for the company's 'Nutty Club' brand and its sales force. Coincidentally, Scott-Bathgate Limited was formed in 1903, the same year Ford cars first arrived in the UK.
Ford Anglia 105E Thruxston Touring Car
At the 1968 British Saloon Car Championship at Thruxton the little Ford Anglia 105E goes up on two wheels as it takes a sharp left hander. The combination of size and speed made the Ford a formidable competitor in the world of motorsport.