With Ford already having a renowned reputation for popular road cars such as the Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta , several models which have appeared on the ‘silver screen’ in the past were remembered recently at a prestigious film studio.
Fords Famous movie cars, such as the Ford Mondeo from James Bond’s Casino Royale, showed off their style at the car get together. To many it is surprising how many Fords have been in films because it is usually the Aston Martins, Volkswagen Beetles and Mr Bean’s Mini Cooper which top the list of best-known film cars.
To celebrate 100 years of Ford of Britain, five of its most famous film and television vehicles where brought together in Elstree Studios London.
Cars like the flying Ford Anglia 105E from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets made an appearance as well as the pink FAB1 from Thunderbirds, James Bond’s Ford Mondeo from the 2007 film Casino Royale, a Ford Granada as seen in The Sweeney TV series and Dr Who’s yellow Edwardian vintage car.
This may surprise you, but one of the most watched vehicles in film history is the rather fancy Ford Anglia from Harry Potter.
Its owner, John Colyer, was asked if they could use his car for the film. Reflecting on it now Colyer said: “I’d been involved with Ford Anglia clubs for 30 years when I was asked by the film makers to provide a car for the movie. After that it just took off and I ended up supplying around 15.”
Whereas the Harry Potter motor was the most watched in history, by far the most stylish and eye-catching at Elstree was the FAB1 from the 2004 film Thunderbirds.
Designed to replace the more traditional Rolls Royce used in earlier Thunderbirds films, the Ford features six wheels and a shocking pink paint job – making it one of the most recognisable film cars ever.
And, believe it or not, it’s actually road legal and fully operational.
The Ford Mondeo used in the James Bond film Casino Royale was actually a prototype which was hand built ahead of its release. So Daniel Craig was a lucky guy.
Still loved 40 years on are Fords Consul GT and Granada models, which earned their well known reputation by appearing on the Sweeney.
The canary yellow vintage WHO1 car makes many appearances at Dr Who conventions. And, believe it or not, some Dr Who fans use it for weddings.
The Ford film cars tour covered a distance of over 2,200 miles across Britain travelling from Inverness to Southampton and Cardiff to London.