Richard Parry-Jones dies: The iconic engineer who made Ford cars so great

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Richard Parry-Jones, Group Vice President - Global Product Development and Chief Technical Officer for Ford Motor Company attends a press conference to announce the sale of Cosworth from Ford to Kevin Kalkhoven and Gerald Forsythe November 15, 2004 in London. Ford annouced the sale of their Formula One businesses in September 2004, putting the future of teams like Jaguar Racing in doubt.
Richard Parry-Jones, Group Vice President - Global Product Development and Chief Technical Officer for Ford Motor Company attends a press conference to announce the sale of Cosworth from Ford to Kevin Kalkhoven and Gerald Forsythe November 15, 2004 in London. Ford annouced the sale of their Formula One businesses in September 2004, putting the future of teams like Jaguar Racing in doubt.
Photo by Ian Waldie

  • One of the greatest Ford engineers died tragically on his Welsh farm.
 
  • Richard Parry-Jones leaves a legacy of brilliant cars targeted at families instead of wealthy enthusiasts.
 
  • He was so good, the Germans tried to buy him.
 
  • For more motoring stories, go to Wheels24.


Although Parry-Jones retired from Ford in 2007, his legacy is immense. In his 38 years at Ford, Parry-Jones was enormously influential and oversaw thousands of engineers and billions in budgetary allowance.


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