Brent­ford (UK)

Classic Ford - - TOP TWENTY -

Is this a cheat ? No, we don’t think so. The orig­i­nal build­ing, set up by Ford on the Great West Road in Brent­ford, was known as Lin­coln Cars for it was the im­port cen­tre for Lin­colns and Fords im­ported from Canada in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Pro­gres­sively it then be­came the cen­tre for the press car fleet, and for some pri­vate ex­port/home de­liv­er­ies, too. When Ford’s mo­tor­sport ac­tiv­i­ties built up in the 1950s — and on un­til 1963 — all the works cars, mainly Ze­phyrs, Zo­di­acs and Anglias — were pre­pared there, and run by Bill Bar­nett’s tiny op­er­a­tion. Over the years too, stunt and record cars such as the Race-toCape-Town Cortina, and the Roundthe-World-in-40-Days Cor­sair, were all built there. This ended when Bore­ham opened up in 1963.

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