What a transformation !!

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What a transformation !!

Postby Fordoholic Nick » Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:07 pm

I was born a Fordoholic, They'll bury me a Fordoholic...

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Re: What a transformation !!

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:33 am

:lol:
Not the point, I know, but that is an interesting photo. That Laser 1.6 was registered in June 1984, the first month the Laser went on sale.
That must be the earliest survivor.

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Re: What a transformation !!

Postby Paul G » Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:20 am

Mine was built in May 1984, but registered 1st August.

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Postby Andrew 2.8i » Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:26 am

Paul G wrote:Mine was built in May 1984, but registered 1st August.

The first day of the B plates. :D
Yours is a very early one Paul, do you know when Ford started building the Lasers?

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Re: What a transformation !!

Postby Paul G » Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:37 am

April or May I think. I wish I knew what the chassis no of the first one was the I could work out how near to the start it was made.

As far as I can remember the Laser actually was introduced as a limited edition before being adapted as the mainstream model in about September of 1984. They also did the Escort and the Sierra as a Laser and later did the Mk3 Fiesta as one too.

I'll try and find the build sheet if it's still in the car. As far as i know they are behind the rear seat panel but I haven't taken that off yet.

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Postby Andrew 2.8i » Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:58 am

Paul G wrote:As far as I can remember the Laser actually was introduced as a limited edition before being adapted as the mainstream model in about September of 1984.


The Jaremy Walton book states under June 1984 " Laser special edition debut on UK (1.6/2.0)". Whether special means limited edition or not, I'll bow to your superior knowledge and go with what you say.
Again, according to Jeremy Walton, the Laser and 2.8 Special were the only models from November 1984. Of course, unsold stocks of other models will mean that they would have continued to be in the showrooms after that date.

It would be nice to know the build date of that white Laser, but unless the owner is on the forum (the car is taxed and has an MOT) I don't know if there is a way to find out. Perhaps the owner might be at the 50th at Brooklands?

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Edit: Found a photo on Flickr from a photographer that spots in the Basingstoke area, so the owner might not live a million miles from Brooklands.

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Postby Andrew 2.8i » Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:13 am

A little further info, thanks to Steve Saxty. "Capri Laser - part of a trio comprising Escort and Sierra limited editions". No mention of when Lasers started production, although he says that the planning would have started 18 months before the October '84 introduction.

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Postby Paul G » Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:24 am

It's certainly a Surrey registration on it and according to the DVLA it was registered one month and one day before mine. It seems to have been continually MOT'd and taxed. I haven't seen it at any of the club meetings but I bet Kris would know it.

What jeremy Walton says sort of follows with what I had though about the Laser model.

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Re: What a transformation !!

Postby Caprigear » Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:31 am

Later on in the MK3 range Ford introduced a lot of "limited editions" Cameo, Cabaret, GT4 , Calypso1, calypso 2, LS . They were all simply tarted up base models to try to keep sales ticking ove.r
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Re: What a transformation !!

Postby timfromull » Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:49 am

As a bain I remember my dad trading in his very early, one of first on road 'poverty' spec Y reg Sierra for a new Sierra Laser (B reg) at Crystal Ford in 'ull..
He had all his cars from Crystal Ford Hull.
Two years later he traded that in for a brand new D plate Capri Laser in Strato silver.
I remember he was worried about going from an 'ultra modern' Sierra back to an old fashioned Capri :headscratch: so was worried about depreciation etc..
Another two years and along came a new Sapphire (you get the picture)..
Anyway I can remember how the Sierra Laser was a bit of a crowded puller back then with it's jelly mould concept car stying, metallic paint, quad stereo, tinted glass, etc etc.
After a run of Cortinas and a mk2 Capri it was pure luxury and style...my dad with his Tom Selleck tash and 'calm down calm down' perm was Mr 80s cool..
Oh the good old days..

Anyway I just thought I'd share that with you....

As you where folks :cheers:
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Re: What a transformation !!

Postby timfromull » Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:50 am

Just to add..... Crystal Ford were the original supplier of Nick's beauty :wave:

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Re: What a transformation !!

Postby andyd » Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:46 pm

timfromull wrote:As a bain I remember my dad trading in his very early, one of first on road 'poverty' spec Y reg Sierra for a new Sierra Laser (B reg) at Crystal Ford in 'ull..
He had all his cars from Crystal Ford Hull.
Two years later he traded that in for a brand new D plate Capri Laser in Strato silver.
I remember he was worried about going from an 'ultra modern' Sierra back to an old fashioned Capri :headscratch: so was worried about depreciation etc..
Another two years and along came a new Sapphire (you get the picture)..
Anyway I can remember how the Sierra Laser was a bit of a crowded puller back then with it's jelly mould concept car stying, metallic paint, quad stereo, tinted glass, etc etc.
After a run of Cortinas and a mk2 Capri it was pure luxury and style...my dad with his Tom Selleck tash and 'calm down calm down' perm was Mr 80s cool..
Oh the good old days..

Anyway I just thought I'd share that with you....

As you where folks :cheers:

Often good to think back to sometimes happier/better times? The old cars can hold many memories :cheers:

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Re: What a transformation !!

Postby Caprifan Rob » Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:12 pm

andyd wrote:
timfromull wrote:Anyway I can remember how the Sierra Laser was a bit of a crowded puller back then with it's jelly mould concept car stying, metallic paint, quad stereo, tinted glass, etc etc.
After a run of Cortinas and a mk2 Capri it was pure luxury and style...my dad with his Tom Selleck tash and 'calm down calm down' perm was Mr 80s cool..
Oh the good old days..

Anyway I just thought I'd share that with you....

As you where folks :cheers:

Often good to think back to sometimes happier/better times? The old cars can hold many memories :cheers:


Forgotten about the Sierra & Escort Laser as the Capri version was so popular. Can’t be many of those around now. As you said Andy, great to think back. Tim, that’s a wonderful picture of your dad back in the day :cheers: