South Ock­endon (UK)

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Ford built a new fac­tory at South Ock­endon, Es­sex (some­times called Ave­ley), orig­i­nally as a spare parts cen­tre, in 1956. Later, as the com­pany ex­pended fur­ther it be­came an engi­neer­ing de­sign cen­tre, then a pi­lot build plant. When Ford set up the AVO (Ad­vanced Ve­hi­cle Op­er­a­tion) in 1970, it re-equipped a cor­ner of this plant, and pro­duced Es­cort Mex­i­cos, RS2000s and RS1600s. Plans were then made to as­sem­ble Mk2 mod­els, tur­bocharged Capris and Corti­nas too, but eco­nomic de­cline killed off the scheme.The South Ock­endon plant closed in 2004.

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