Shen­stone (UK)

Classic Ford - - TOP TWENTY -

When Ford needed a plant to build just 200 mid-engined four-wheel-drive RS200s they scouted around, could not find a suit­able con­trac­tor, so rented a re­dun­dant, but empty, fac­tory from Re­liant, some miles from the Re­liant fac­tory, and un­con­nected with it.This was purely an assem­bly fa­cil­ity (chas­sis tubs, body shells, en­gines and trans­mis­sions all ar­rived from else­where), and assem­bly spanned Sum­mer 1985 to Jan­uary 1986, af­ter which the site was cleared, handed back to Re­liant, and was not used again by Ford.

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