Saturday, 2 July 2016

1968, Cars: Ford Corcel

In 1968 Ford do Brasil introduced the Ford Corcel (Portuguese for “stallion”). The Corcel was sold in Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The Corcel development started in 1965 when Willys Overland do Brasil and Renault began collaborating on a new front-wheel drive car to replace the aging Renault/Willys Dauphine. The new Renault 12 (introduced in 1969) was internally known as “Project M”. When Willys do Brasil was sold to Ford do Brasil in 1967, Ford inherited the project.
Predecessor: Renault/Willys Dauphine
Ford Corcel prototype
The Ford Corcel was introduced as a four-door sedan with a 1,289 cc (51 kW) water-cooled "Cléon" engine from the Renault 12. In 1969 a coupé was added and March 1970 the three-door station wagon "Belina" was introduced. In 1971 the L ("Luxo") version and a more powerful GT (60 kW) version were added.
Ford Corcel Sedan (1969)
Ford Corcel Coupé (1969)
Ford Corcel Belina (1970)
Ford Corcel GTXP (1972)
In 1973 the car received a facelift. The L and GT versions were equipped with a new 1,372 cc version of the existing Renault engine. In 1975 a second minor facelift followed. The grille and headlight surroundings were changed and the Ford logo moved from the grille onto the leading edge of the bonnet.
Ford Corcel (1973)
Ford Corcel range (1975)
In 1978 the Corcel was replaced by the Ford Corcel II, with a completely new design and straight lines although underneath the car was still a Renault 12.
Successor: Ford Corcel II (1978)
Ford Corcel advert (1970)

Ford Corcel advert (1970)

Ford Corcel advert (1970)

Ford Corcel advert (1970)

Ford Corcel advert (1970)

Ford Corcel advert (1975)

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