Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta has become the best selling car of all time in the UK with sales topping 4.1 million in the past 38 years taking over the Ford Escort, the previous record holder, to become the most popular model among British drivers.

When it was launched in 1976 the Ford Fiesta cost just £1,865, compared to £12,495 for the current  best-selling Zetec model.

Data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows that in total 4,132,294 Fiestas have been sold since the model first appeared in 1976. The Escort, which was launched in 1968 but was replaced by the Focus in 2000, sold 4,105,192 in its 32 years, according to the SMMT.

The Fiesta name was chosen by Henry Ford II in 1975, three years after Ford came up with the plan of building a small car, under the codename of Project Bobcat.

By 1979 Ford had produced a million Fiestas, and two years later introduced a car that would become a favourite with young drivers, the XR2 which was powered by a 1.6-litre engine and capable of hitting 100mph.