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Ford Courier (MK1 Courier)

MK1 Courier

Make: Ford

Model: Courier

Released: Jan 1970

Discontinued: Jun 1985

Ford logo1 Nov 1978

By CHRIS HARRIS

ALTHOUGH Mazda shareholder Ford in America had been marketing a badge-engineered version of the Mazda B-series truck as the Courier since 1972, it wasn’t until November 1978 when Australians saw it.

With a 2865mm wheelbase, the Courier was built in Japan to compete against the likes of the Toyota HiLux one-tonne trucks.

Initially two utility and cab-chassis models were introduced, the base Courier (1000kg payload) with a 59kW/132Nm 1.8-litre carburettor-fed four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a four-speed manual gearbox, or the better-equipped 750kg-payload XLT.

Front disc brakes arrived during 1980, while a 46kW/122Nm 2.2-litre diesel four-cylinder base utility with a 1000kg payload was launched in April ’81.

A Ford Laser-like square headlight grille was implemented in February ’82. In November ’82 a slightly larger, 58kW/138Nm 1.8-litre petrol engine replaced the 59kW unit, and was fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox.

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