Ford Classic Cars Built by Hyundai

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Today, the Hyundai company has a reputation of a manufacturer of its own cars. Nevertheless, it is interesting to know that when the company started, it was actually making other company’s vehicles. So if we get back to 1967 we will see the beginning of the friendship between Ford company and Hyundai. During the period between 1967 to 1973, Hyundai built about 3 models for Ford. These include Ford Granada built for the Korean domestic market, Ford Taunus-based 20M – the version of German Ford Taunus P7 and, of course, Ford Cortina that became the first car built by Hyundai for the Ford company.

Despite many of us know that Ford had a close relationship with Kia, it was exactly the Hyundai company that sneaked in and grabbed the Ford company from under it in 1998. Nevertheless, it is worth to mention that companies were quite close friends even before.

So the beginning of the friendship between two giant companies began in 1967 when Ford partnered up with Hyundai to build a new factory in the city of Ulsan in South Korea. For about 15 years, until 1982, Hyundai built the Ford Cortina under license.

It is interesting to know that even when it came time to produce the Stellar – a replacement for Ford Cortina – Hyundai still used a Cortina chassis, draped in a body designed by Giugiaro and powered by Mitsubishi engines.

Hyundai Ford Cortina Mk4
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  1. oprol evorter
    June 26, 2019 at 11:05 — Reply

    Hello! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Anyways, I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking back frequently!

  2. Michael D. Rogers
    February 2, 2023 at 00:05 — Reply

    I’M sad to recount that someone has purchased My stolen 1966 Cortina GT taken from storage some years ago, it’s VIN is: 77FBA77EU61644. If the buyer has restored it etc. they can pay me for a #4 car and keep it. It had no engine and transmission and some interior upholstery was missing, it was the original Ford Light blue and the battery was mounted in the right side of the boot.
    Please disseminate this to any and all appropriate parties.
    Message me at 805-481-8025
    Michael D. Rogers

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