This summer, Ford opened an archive of more than 5,000 photos from its heritage department to anyone who wanted to see them. Now, the company’s U.K. department has added another 1,600 photos, tracking every car it has produced in the country.
Everything from the Ford Anglia to the Zodiac is included in this addition and can be searched and looked through at fordheritagevault.com. The photos are free to download and are available for personal (or media) use.
“We’re opening up in a way we’ve never done before,” said Ted Ryan, Ford archive and heritage brand manager. “Making our archives accessible for everyone online is a real passion project for me and the team. Looking back through Ford’s history not only helps to educate, but can serve as inspiration as we accelerate our transformation into an all-electric and software-driven vehicle company.”
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Since opening the heritage vault website in June, Ford says it has made nearly 10,000 photos and product brochures from the automaker’s first 100 years of operation open to the public. And it’s been a global success. It claims that it is currently seeing around 3,000 downloads per day.
Now, fans of the Transit, the Escort, the Fiesta, the Thames van, the Consul, and more who remember the vehicles from their past will be able to find high quality images and richly detailed brochures focusing on those vehicles.
In addition, Ford’s collection of heritage vehicles in the U.K. is also getting a new home in Daventry. The curated selection of vehicles is more than 100-strong, and includes everything from the Model T 100R, to the Fordson Tug, the Mark I Transit GEC, the Sierra Cosworth, the RS200, the GT40, and more.
“The move to the new location will allow for greater access to this very special collection, as well as an opportunity to show our customers how Ford has played a major role in personal and business transportation within the UK over the past 100 years, from Model T to now Model E,” said Len Keen, who is in charge of communications for Ford Heritage and Innovation. “Although not open to the public just yet, I’m passionate about providing easier access to the collection for employees and visitors in the near future, and I’m looking forward to working with the local community on future possibilities and collaborations, so we can share our story.”