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December 1928 - The last Model T produced by Ford rolls off the line at the Cork, Ireland plant.
December 1944 - Dagenham builds is 250,000th wartime V8 engine.
December 1948 - Ford Prefect E493A production begins.
December 1959 - Racing debut of Cosworth-modified Ford 105E Anglia engine.
December 1961 - Introduction of the Ford Zodiac Mk III
December 1966 - Dunton Research and Development centre completed
December 1971 - New range of Consuls and Granadas goes on sale
December 1986 - December 1986 - Production of the 5,000th Sierra RS Cosworth



December 1928
On 31 December the very last Model T was assembled - at Ford's Cork plant in Ireland. Launched in 1908, the Model T had been a best seller throughout its life, with over 15 million vehicles produced world-wide.
December 1944
Throughout the second world war, the Dagenham factory produced V8 engines to power a variety of different military machines, including bren gun carriers, trucks and utility cars. Many other makes of vehicles were also fitted with rugged Ford V8 engines during the conflict. The quarter millionth V8 for such military applications was assembled on 12 December, 1944.

December 1948
Based on the original Prefect model introduced in 1938, the first post-war version of the car may have featured the same name but it came with handsome new styling and in a four-door saloon body. The E493A Prefect, to give it its Ford code name, had an 1172cc side-valve engine and three-speed manual transmission. During the five years it remained in production, over 190,000 examples of this very popular car would be made.

December 1959
Only weeks after Ford had announced the all-new 997cc engine to power the Anglia 105E, engine tuners began preparing the overhead-valve engine for use in motor racing. Cosworth produced the first Formula Junior 105E engine in December 1959, which was raced at the Boxing Day Brands Hatch meeting that year. The engine would for many, many years become extremely successful in a number of motorsport arenas, including single seater and saloon car racing. Cosworth Racing, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ford since 1998.

December 1961
The first of the third generation Zephyr/Zodiac passenger cars was produced at Dagenham this month, a few weeks ahead of its public launch. Like its predecessors which had been on sale since 1951, the Zephyrs and Zodiacs were best-selling class leaders which featured in-line four (Zephyr 4) and six-cylinder (Zephyr 6 and Zodiac) engines and MacPherson strut independent front suspension. Front wheel disc brakes and an all-synchromesh four-speed transmission were standard. Prices started at £1,136.

December 1966
The large, ultra-modern and high-tech Ford research and development facility at Dunton in Essex was completed this month. Replacing several existing facilities which occupied smaller sites, Dunton was an integrated operation able to shape every aspect of a new model - design, style, engineer, develop and prove-out - before handing it over for manufacture. Nearly 40 years on, Dunton continues to play a pivotal role in the development of new Ford models and it is the largest motor industry facility of its type in the United Kingdom, employing around 5,000 highly-skilled personnel.

December 1971
Twenty years after the original Consul/Zephyr/Zodiac range went on sale, Ford began building at Dagenham the first of the new generation of such large saloons and estate cars. Powered by Ford's own V4 and V6 petrol engines, the styling of the new cars soon caught the public's eye and sales took off. This range was the first from Ford to use the 'Granada' model name.

December 1986
The Ford Sierra RS Cosworth was developed by Ford's own Special Vehicle Engineering department at Dunton as the 'showroom' version of the car entered by the company in the European Touring Car Championship. In order to qualify for this racing series, Ford had to build and sell 5,000 cars to the general public. The Cosworth-developed 2-litre 16-valve engine developed 204bhp and was the world's first-ever road-car power unit to be rated at more than 100bhp/litre. Top speed was in excess of 145mph for the road-going version. These original Sierra RS Cosworths had flamboyant styling, featuring a large rear aerofoil spoiler which was required to generate sufficient downforce as an aid to its acclaimed handling characteristics. On the motorsport circuits of Europe, the Sierra RS Cosworths were hugely successful.
 
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