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(From The Northern Echo)
Byline: NIGEL BURTON
The 1973 energy crisis gave birth to one of Britains best loved cars. NIGEL BURTON looks back on 30 years of the Ford Fiesta
POWER cuts, speed limits, petrol rationing and the three-day week. Anyone who lived through the 1973 energy crisis is unlikely to forget it.
In the UK, OPEC's decision not to ship oil to western Europe led to rampant inflation that sent the economy into a tailspin that lasted for a decade.
It also fuelled demand for small, fuel-efficient cars and led to an unprecedented rush of super-minis.
Ford had already spotted the emerging trend and work was well …