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Ford Fiesta CTX Automatic Gearbox

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In 1987, Ford introduced it's new CTX transmission, an automatic gearbox featuring continously variable drive, giving a range of ratios that roughly matched that of a 5-speed 'box. This option was perfectly suited to Fords 1117cc engine, and was offered as an option on later MkII 1117cc engines, initally on L and Ghia models only. The Festival II special edition, released in 1988 added to this 'exclusive' list by having the Auto as an option. We believe that this is the only factory special edition to have the automatic gearbox choice.

Mk2 Fiesta Selector Lever in a 1988 L model

Nowadays models with the CTX gearbox are not very common, although advanced at the time, the transmission isnt very refined by modern standards, and the cars are not as desirable as a result. Many of the cars have now been converted to manual (including our very own L Auto model) using spares from the more plentiful manual models.

We currently have 76 automatic cars listed on the Fiesta register, although the number is likely to be quite a bit higher as transmission is not often recorded by those submitting cars. Please see the bottom of this page for known vehicles.


The CTX gearbox has a capacity of 3.5 litres, and the manufacturer specified oil is Ford Automatic Transmission Fluid or transmission fluid meeting Ford Specification ESM-M2C 166-H. Idling speed should be 850 rev.min (+ or - 50). The automatic transmission inhibitor switched circuit uses relay position 11, located on the rear of the fusebox.

CTX Selector Lever Positions

Position Function
P Park
R Reverse
N Neutral
D Drive - continuously variable
L Low - engine braking

Note: the gearbox features a starter inhibitor switch, and can only be started in the R, D or L positions.

Automatic gearbox selector positions explained

R Reverse
This selector lever position is only to be selected when the vehicle is stationary. Nevertheless, the transmission has a reverse inhibitor valave. If reverse is unintentionally selected whilst driving forwards, this valve prevents the reverse clutch being engaged above a vehicle speed of 10km/h.

N Neutral
In this selector lever position, the engine can be started and allowed to idle. No power is transmitted.

D Drive - continuously variable
This selector lever position is selected for normal driving. The transmission ratio changes automatically without steps to meet requirements. Whilst driving, the selector lever can be shifted between D and L.

L Low - engine braking
This selector position is used for descents, long inclines and widning mountain roads. On descents, the braking effect of the engine takes effect.

Top speed can be reached with the selector either in the D or in the L position.

Kick-down If from steady speed the accelerator pedal is fully pressed down, a kick-down occurs, i.e., the optimum transmission ratio for acceleration at the given vehicle speed is obtained.

Before the selector lever is shifted to position R, D or L when the vehicle is stationary, operate the hand brake or foot brake. Put the selector lever in the N position when the vehicle is towed. Towing speed must not exceed 50km.h and the towing distance must not be more than 50km.

Mk2 Fiesta CTX Fuel Consumption Figures

Please Note: All fuel economy figures are in MPG (Miles per gallon).

Engine/Gearbox Fuel Constant 56mph Constant 75mph Simulated Urban
1.1 litre (OHV)Automatic Unleaded 58.9 40.9 39.2

CTX Gearbox Technical Details

CTX Transmission Schematic View

Ford ctx automatic transmission diagram
  1. CTX Transmission
  2. Shift Lever
  3. Selector lever cable
  4. Selector lever
  5. Throttle valve cable
  6. Lever
  7. Accelerator pedal cable
  8. Accelerator pedal
  9. Carburetor cable
  10. Carburetor

CTX Handbooks, Brochures and Technical Documents

Known UK Fiesta Automatic Vehicles

We currently have 76 Mk2 Ford Fiesta Automatic transmission cars on the database. If yours isn't listed then please add it by filling out the form on the register page.

Registration Model Year Engine Size Transmission Fuel Type Colour Status Details
35V0 **9Unknown1.1AutoPetrolUnknownYES
88-W X-1* *7L19881.1AutoPetrolChestnutUnknownYES
D222 **PL19871.1AutoPetrolBurgundy RedUnknownYES
D737 **CL19871.1AutoPetrolRosso RedScrappedYES
E129 **TFestival 19881.1AutoPetrolAzure BlueUnknownYES
E150 **XGhia19881.1AutoPetrolRed On the RoadYES
E203 **VL19871.1AutoPetrolBurgundy RedUnknownYES
E205 **KGhiaUnknown1.1AutoPetrolBurgundy RedUnknownYES
E276 **JL19881.1AutoPetrolWillow GreenUnknownYES
E316 **TGhia19871.1AutoPetrolRedOn the RoadYES
E366 **AL19871.1AutoPetrolRosso RedUnknownYES
E403 **KL19881.1AutoPetrolIvory WhiteUnknownYES
E444 **CFestival19871.1AutoPetrolBurgundy RedUnknownYES
E446 **FGhia19881.1AutoPetrolOff the RoadYES
E454 **JGhia19871.1AutoPetrolBlackOn the RoadYES
E455 **XGhia19781.1AutoPetrolGoldOn the RoadYES
E478 **NL19881.1AutoPetrolUnknownYES
E503 **OGhia19881.1AutoPetrolDiamond WhiteOff the RoadNo
E515 **RL19881.1AutoPetrolBurgundy RedUnknownYES
E551 **LGhia19871.1AutoPetrolUnknownYES
E564 **XL19871.1AutoPetrolRosso RedOn the RoadYES
E577 **DGhia19871.1AutoPetrolStrato SilverUnknownYES
E578 **GL19881.1AutoPetrolStrato SilverUnknownYES
E586 **KL19871.1AutoPetrolUnknownNo
E614 **AL19871.1AutoPetrolStrato SilverUnknownYES
E614 **TGhia19871.1AutoPetrolSilica GoldUnknownYES
E628 **EGhia19881.1AutoPetrolRosso RedOn the RoadYES
E730 **HGhia19881.1AutoPetrolCrystal BlueUnknownYES
E732 **JL19881.1AutoPetrolUnknownYES
E73* *NGhia19871.1AutoPetrolGoldUnknownYES
E75* *NL19871.1AutoPetrolCrystal BlueUnknownNo
E767 **UGhia19881.1AutoPetrolWillow GreenUnknownYES
E776 **BL19871.1AutoPetrolGalaxy BlueOn the RoadYES
E806 **VGhia19881.1AutoPetrolWillow GreenUnknownYES
E850 **RGhia19881.1AutoPetrolUnknownYES
E880 **EL19881.1AutoPetrolMaroonOff the RoadYES
E925 **LGhia19871.1AutoPetrolBlackUnknownYES
E938 **PL19861.1AutoPetrolOff the RoadNo
E941 **OL19881.1AutoPetrolOn the RoadYES
E973 **XL19881.1AutoPetrolRosso RedOn the RoadYES
E98* *CGhia19871.1AutoPetrolWillow GreenOn the RoadYES
F133 **EL19891.1AutoPetrolDiamond WhiteUnknownYES
F188 **XL19891.1AutoPetrolDiamond WhiteOn the RoadYES
F199 **SLUnknown1.1AutoPetrolUnknownYES
F217 **AFestival II19881.1AutoPetrolStrato SilverUnknownYES
F261 **HL19891.1AutoPetrolGalaxy BlueOff the RoadYES
F281 **CFestival II19881.1AutoPetrolUnknownYES
F304 **PL19891.1AutoPetrolBlueUnknownYES
F339 **UL19881.1AutoPetrolOff the RoadYES
F37* *TL19881.1AutoPetrolMaritime BlueUnknownYES
F387 **PL19891.1AutoPetrolRadiant RedUnknownYES
F410 **JL19891.1AutoPetrolRadiant RedOn the RoadYES
F411 **FL19881.1AutoPetrolRedUnknownYES
F513 **UL19891.1AutoPetrolMaritime BlueOn the RoadYES
F513 **YLUnknown1.1AutoPetrolUnknownNo
F52* *HL19881.1AutoPetrolChestnutUnknownYES
F545 **WL19891.1AutoPetrolBlackOn the RoadYES
F555 **TGhia19881.1AutoPetrolBlackOn the RoadYES
F573 **ML19891.1AutoPetrolRadiant RedUnknownYES
F581 **EL19881.0AutoPetrolRadiant RedOn the RoadYES
F643 **PL19881.1AutoPetrolUnknownYES
F696 **WFestival II19891.1AutoPetrolRosso RedOn the RoadYES
F69* *SL19881.1AutoPetrolGoldUnknownYES
F701 **XL19891.1AutoPetrolOff the RoadNo
F808 **CL19891.1AutoPetrolDiamond WhiteOff the RoadYES
F812 **YGhia19891.1AutoPetrolSilica GoldUnknownYES
F819 **JGhia19881.1AutoPetrolRegency RedUnknownYES
F833 **DL19891.1AutoPetrolRadiant RedUnknownYES
F847 **XGhiaUnknown1.1AutoPetrolDiamond WhiteUnknownNo
F890 **NFestival II19881.1AutoPetrolBlackOff the RoadYES
F898 **JL19891.1AutoPetrolMaritime BlueUnknownYES
F974 **PFestival II19881.1AutoPetrolDiamond WhiteUnknownNo
F978 **BL19891.1AutoPetrolUnknownYES
F999 **JL19891.1AutoPetrolMaritime BlueOn the RoadYES
ST-5 9**L CL19881.1AutoPetrolMercury GreyUnknownYES
XD-0 7**Z CL19891.1AutoPetrolStrato SilverUnknownYES

*Disclaimer: Please note that the information contained in our Retro Fiesta Register is reliant on submissions by owners and enthusiasts, whilst we make every effort to ensure it's accuracy, we cannot be sure that it is 100% correct. If you can improve on the information listed please contact us via email at info@projectbobcat.com

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