Andrew Owen with his 1996 Ford Fiesta was a runner up in the ClassicLine sponsored 2019 Gemini Events Pride of Ownership awards. After Motorfest on the 21 & 22nd April, we caught up with Andrew to find out more about his retro Fiesta.
Andrew, 21, from Cheshire, was introduced to classic cars at a young age. He recalls sitting in the back of his grandparents British White automatic MGB GT and attending shows with them. Growing up, Andrew was always around cars, be it classics or modified vehicles. But it was his Mum’s two XR2i’s that really started his passion and lead to his dream of one day owning his own Fiesta.
Andrew purchased his Ford Fiesta Classic in August 2018, with just 35k miles on the clock. But it was until April 2019 that the car was put back on the road.
The car is in fact a MK3/3.5 model. Production of the MK3 ceased in 1995 to start the production of the MK4 model, however Ford continued selling the MK3 body style until early 1997. There aren’t many differences between the MK3 and MK3.5, apart from the style of fuel cap – the MK3.5 has a filler flap whereas the MK3 doesn’t. Andrew tells us, “I’m not sure on how true it is, but the car is supposedly Spanish produced as it has ‘Ford Espana’ and ‘made in Spain’ which the models produced in the UK don’t have”.