Ford celebrates 100 years with Fiesta CenturaFiesta is tribute to the Ford Model T

12 August 2011

Ford Fiesta Centura

The Ford Fiesta Centura is a modern-day tribute to the Model T

Ford has announced a special edition Fiesta Centura, celebrating Ford of Britain’s 100th anniversary.

Finished exclusively in black, the Fiesta Centura is a tribute to the first Ford ever made in the UK, the Model T, which began production here in 1911.

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Ford Fiesta Centura: £1,800 in added kit

The Ford Fiesta is consistently the UK’s best selling small car, and the Futura special edition is based on the most popular engine and trim combination: the 1.25-litre Zetec.

In addition to the Zetec’s usual level of standard equipment, however – which includes air conditioning, Quickclear windscreen and stability control – the Centura adds an extra kit valued at £1,800.

This consists of Panther Black metallic paint, chrome mirror and door caps, LED daytime running lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic lights and wipers, plus rear parking sensors and a reversing camera that shows up in the rear view mirror.

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Ford Fiesta Centura

Rear view camera is a useful addition to the model

129g/km CO2, 51.4mpg

The 81bhp 1.25-litre petrol engine offers performance that’s modest on paper, but sprightly on the road.

The 0-62mph dash takes 13.3 seconds and the car has a top speed of 104mph. It should be relatively cheap to run, since CO2 emissions are a limited 129g/km, with claimed fuel economy of 51.4mpg combined.

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Limited edition of 1,000 priced from £13,395

Ford will produce just 1,000 Fiesta Centuras for sale in the UK.

The three-door version is priced from £13,395 and the five-door from £13,995 – a premium of £1,200 over the Zetec.

Given the value of the added equipment, this still adds up to a customer saving of £600.

The Fiesta is the UK’s current best-selling car, with more than 52,000 examples sold so far this year – we fully expect the Centura to prove rather popular.

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