Many drivers across the country have owned one at some point, the small, nippy hatchback with great fuel economy, excellent handling and an affordable price tag has written itself into the history books. After 47 years and sales of over 22 million worldwide, the production of this iconic car has come to an end.

The Ford Fiesta holds the title for the UK’s best-selling car with 4,804,098 sold. It beats the Ford Escort, the second best-selling car in the UK, by over a million sales.

The car has consistently featured in the top five best-selling ca­­­rs over the years in the UK and was the number one car for 12 consecutive years from 2009.

The Fiesta was designed to be an economical car to run, it was developed in response to the 1973 oil crisis, when fuel prices hit record highs.

When the Fiesta was launched in Europe in 1975 it cost £1,854. It had a 957cc four-cylinder engine called the Valencia, named after the place where it was first built. In fact, the car was named Fiesta as a nod to its first production roots in Spain.

The hatchback styling of the car was a first for the Ford Motor Company, as was the transverse front-wheel drive. The Fiesta changed much over the years, but it always held true to the purpose and reason for its initial design. It remained a stylish, economical and useful car for drivers of all ages.

The first UK-built Fiesta rolled off the production line during the legendary long hot summer of 1976 at the famous Ford plant in Dagenham, Essex.  The Dagenham plant was one of the most productive and economically important factories in British post-war history and is considered by many to be the birthplace of popular UK car culture.

The popularity of the car led to Ford launching various models over the years to satisfy both the everyday driver and the petrol heads. They produced models with a sportier feel and larger engines, higher specs were also available to bring that extra touch of luxury to the small car.

The Ford Fiesta went on to forge a name for itself in the world of motorsport, it excelled in rallying and rallycross. Many young drivers over the years added body trim and go-faster stripes to give their road cars that racing feel. This great little car saw no bounds.

The reason behind Ford scrapping the model has little to do with its popularity, and everything to do with the changing times. Ford had to consider the future market, and that is the development and production of the electric vehicle.

Ford has since announced that they expect the Electric Puma to take the place of the Fiesta. The Puma crossover was the brand’s UK best-seller for 2021 and the country’s fourth best-seller in 2022. It has a way to go in order to achieve the success of the Fiesta, but time will tell.

The Fiesta has still featured in the top 10 best sellers throughout the first five months of 2023 and remains the top seller on the second-hand market.

It is unlikely that any electric car of the future will evoke as much passion as the Fiesta has over the years. It may have gone out of production but there is a bevy of enthusiasts that will keep on driving their beloved Fiestas for many more years to come.