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Ford Escort Mk1: Buying guide and review (1968-1975)

Ford Escort Mk1: Buying guide and review (1968-1975) Classic and Performance Car
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From affordable road car to highly competitive race and rally car, the Escort Mk1 has worn many hats over the years. And in all the intervening years nothing has changed – Ford’s hugely successful Anglia replacement still offers cheap and fun motoring, with reliability and style. Some examples offer more of these elements than others (1.1-litre cars don’t go too large on the fun factor), but whichever version you buy, those revvy engines and rear-wheel drive combine to give a great mix of driver satisfaction. 
 
During seven years of production, more than two million Mk1 Escorts found buyers. Such success was guaranteed by low pricing and a huge range of derivatives thanks to various body styles and a wide range of engines. So it didn’t matter whether your thing was a 1.1-litre runabout or a snarling high-revving twin-cam, there was an Escort for you. 
 
Now, the Escort Mk1 remains eminently affordable, although some versions are more attainable than others. The RS1600, Mexico and Twin Cam were all the work of Ford’s Advanced Vehicle Operations (AVO) department, and these models are now the most sought after – although the RS2000 is also coveted. But you don’t need massive performance and go-faster stripes to enjoy Escort motoring. 
 

Which Escort to buy? 

 
The choice of Escort Mk1s may be bewildering, but that’s because there really is something for everyone. From unfeasibly cheap load carrier to tyre-smoking sportscar, there’s a version for every occasion. Even better is the fact that tuning and upgrading the cars is so straightforward, with dozens of suppliers able to sell you bits to modify any of the mechanicals. 
 
But you have to be careful; the most desirable Mk1s – and hence the most valuable – are the ones most likely to be faked. So before parting with your cash, join a club and make sure that all is what it purports to be. 
 
Set your sights on something with at least a 1.3-litre engine. Two-door cars carry a premium because they’re often converted into rally weapons, so four-door cars and estates tend to be the most accessible. But it’s the sporting Escorts that will always be the most collectable as they’re the most fun, so hunt down a cracking Mexico or RS2000, having made sure it’s the real deal. Or if your pockets are much deeper, a Twin Cam or RS1600. You’ll pay plenty for one of these, but it’s these editions which provide the most fun as well as the best investment potential. 
 

Performance and specs

 
Ford Escort RS Mexico 
Engine 1599cc, four-cylinder 
Power 86bhp @ 5500rpm
Torque 92lb ft @ 4000rpm
Top speed 99mph
0-60mph 10.7sec
Fuel consumption 33mpg
Gearbox Four-speed manual
 

Dimensions and weight

 
Wheelbase 2400mm
Length 3975mm
Width 1568mm
Height 1384mm
Kerb weight 785kg
 

Common problems 

 
• The Escort Mk1 rusts badly, but most panels are available as well-made repro items. Check the MacPherson strut top mountings, the inner wings, the scuttle and all outer panels. The transverse leaf spring hangers dissolve, along with the sills, rear wheelarches and floorpans. So does the windscreen surround and the boot floor. 
 
• Cooking Escorts use Ford’s Kent engine, in 1098cc or 1298cc guises, with a 1598cc edition in the Mexico; the RS2000 got a 1993cc Pinto unit. The RS1600 has a 16-valve Cosworth-developed 1599cc twin-cam BDA engine and the Twin Cam features a Lotus Cortina-derived powerplant. The BDA and Twin Cam are much harder to work on and parts are far more expensive. 
 
• The Kent engine suffers from worn cam followers, so listen for noisy tappets. 
 
• The Pinto engine has a rubber timing belt that can fail prematurely, but it’s cheap and easy to renew. 
 
• Escorts with a Kent engine could be fitted with a three-speed Borg Warner automatic transmission, but most cars got a four-speed manual gearbox. Of the three different manual transmissions fitted, the 1.1 and 1.3-litre cars have their own ‘box, but with closer ratios if the car was a GT or Sport. The Twin Cam, RS1600 and Mexico had a unit like that in the Cortina and Corsair (known as the 2000e gearbox) – while the RS2000 had its own transmission. 
 
• Autos just keep going. Listen for rumbling bearings in the first three gears of a manual gearbox; once they start making a noise they’ll soldier on for years without problems. 
 
• If the gearbox crunches as you’re changing ratios, it’s probably a stretched clutch cable, which eventually breaks. Replacements are very cheap. 
 
• Although a constant whining from the rear suggests a worn differential, if the noise is only there during cornering it’s because the wheelbearings need replacing. Changing them requires a press. 
 
• Knocking from the front suspension suggests the anti-roll bar bushes have worn. The steering will also be very vague, but replacing the bushes is easy and cheap. 
 
• Exterior trim is largely unobtainable, with used quarter bumpers and the ‘hockey stick’ trim around the rear window particularly difficult to find. Most of the external brightwork is chrome-plated Mazak, so it can’t be restored. 
 
• The wiring loom and switchgear (including the column stalks) can be unreliable; the contacts contacts oxidise and the plastic insulators within the rocker switches break up. 
 

Model history

 
1968: The Escort two-door saloon is announced, in De Luxe, Super and GT forms. There are 1098cc or 1298cc four-cylinder engines. Soon after, a van appears and the 1.1 and 1.3-litre saloons get an automatic option.
1969: A four-door saloon reaches showrooms, along with an estate. 
1970: Engine revisions mean power increases and amended model names. The standard range now consists of standard, L, XL and GT derivatives. The RS1600 also debuts, with a Cosworth-developed 16-valve 1599cc BDA powerplant. The Mexico completes the performance Escort line up, with a 1.6-litre Kent engine. 
1971: The 1300 Sport is announced; it’s a lower-spec 1300GT. The Escort Sport also arrives, with XL interior, GT running gear and RS bodywork. The one millionth Escort is built. 
1973: Two-door 1300E arrives, using 1300 Sport mechanicals but with luxury trim. Whole range gets improved suspension design and GT model is discontinued at the end of the year. RS2000 appears, with 1993cc Pinto engine. 
1974: Four-door 1300E goes on sale with metallic paint, vinyl roof and high-spec interior. 
1975: Mk1 Escort is replaced by Mk2 version. 
 

Owners clubs, forums and websites

 
• www.avoclub.com
• www.seoc.co.uk
• www.1300eownersclub.org
• www.rsownersclub.co.uk
 

Summary and prices

 
Escort Mk1 prices have been steadily rising for some time, with the top of the range Twin Cams and RS1600s dragging up prices of the more ordinary versions. Basic models can still be picked up for around £3000 to around £10,000 for good cars. For a concours Twin Cam with undisputed history, you can expect to pay more than £40,000 today. Projects start at £10,000, with runners coming in at £15,000 and decent examples starting from £25k. 
 
Even more special are the RS1600s, which today command figures approaching £50,000 in perfect condition. Projects start at just below £20k, with everything else falling in between. As always, watch out for fakes. 
 
The happy compromise has always been the Mexico and RS2000, with sporty looks and its more robust engines, it sits in the happy medium. Top cars command up to and above £25k, with average cars sitting between £7500-£13,500. 
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  • Ford Escort

    £4,400 £4,400

    Reluctant sale of my Ford Escort 1300E owned from new. A prime example of a vehicle that is now becoming rare. I totally restored it some 20 years ago and has been dry stored since. Restore consisted of: Full Engine re-build Seats fully re-upholstered New Carpets including trunk Body work Fully restored (Further details upon request) New Vinyl roof New Tyres New Brakes New Exhaust New Battery Please no time wasters .

    • Year: pre 1900
    • Mileage: 87000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.3
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  • 1974 FORD ESCORT 1300 L ESTATE

    £19,995 £19,995

    1974 FORD ESCORT 1300 L ESTATE 17,000 Miles from new !!!!!!!!!! Diamond White with Black interior Disc Brakes and Servo from new - £18/10 ! Seat Belts from new - £9/68 ! Original bill of sale, Stunning condition throughout, Try and find another like this, Unrepeatable and one for the true Ford enthusiast.

    • Year: 1974
    • Mileage: 17000 mi
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  • FORD ESCORT 1.6 XR3i 1989

    £4,999 £4,999

    JUST GERMAN Specialist Cars Wigan Are Delighted To Have In Stock This Superb Left Hand Drive French MK4 Escort XR3i.;;Originally Built In Germany Then Sold New By Ford France, This Is A Late 1989 '88 Spec Model Finished In Diamond White With Factory Zolda Trim (later used as standard on 90 spec). ;;This Escort XR3i Is An Unmolested Car With No Modifications Apart From Spoiler Painted White and Period "Pull Out" Radio Cassette Fitted. ;;Last Keeper Changed Timing Belt, Water Pump and Front Brakes Along With New UK Headlamps To Pass MOT, We Have Further Fitted New Indicators (all original lights present), New Fuel Pump, New Hydraulic Tappets With Rocker Gasket and Oil Service Done. ;;The Underside Has NEVER Been WELDED and Has Been Fully Undersealed To Protect (I have pics before). ;;LOW OWNERS In France and I Have A Copy Of The French Log Book. ;;This Lovely LHD MK4 Retro Hot Hatch Would Be Perfect For Taking To Your Holiday Home Or Even Just Using Over Here To Be A Little Different From The Rest. ;;Although Not A Concourse Show Winning Example This Is A Very Clean, Solid and Presentable Classic Car That Is Hiding Nothing. ;;Viewing Is Essential To Appreciate.... ;;Feel Free To Pick Up The Telephone For A Chat If You Have Anyting To Ask, Or Even Nip Round For A Coffee If You Are Local.;;GBP 250 Holding Deposit Secures Any Vehicle, If Not As Described When You Come To Collect We Will Simply Refund.;;Again Please Don't Hesitate To Make Contact With Any Questions.;;Many Thanks, Matthew.;;01942 836940 or 07921 923884;;** PART EXCHANGE WELCOMED **;;** WE ALSO BUY CARS - HIGH QUALITY ONLY.!! ** ;- GERMAN BUILT;- LEFT HAND DRIVE;- CLASSIC;- MODERN BMW WITH HIGH SPEC;- SPORTS CARS

    • Mileage: 69700 mi
    • Engine size: 1.597
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  • Ford Escort

    £28,750 £28,750

    1973 Mk1 Escort Mexico Logbook Historic Road Rally Car 1993cc Pinto Engine 164bhp Single 38 DGAS Webber Carb Baby Atlas 4.6 Large Drum Brakes Full Weld in Roll Cage Plumbed in Extinguisher Sparco Seats and Full 3" Harnesses Luminition electronic ignition and rev limiter Alloy Rad Ashley exhaust system Alloy Fuel Tank with Filler in Boot Twin Facet Fuel Pumps Brantz Tripmeter and Rally Clock Internal Fuel and Brake Lines Rear 5 Linked with turrets and Bilstein Shocks Multi Leaf Slipper Springs Minilites with 4 x e Marked Maxsport Tyres 6 x Spare Minilites Dual Throttle Cables Paddle AP Clutch 4 Speed Box with Long 1st Rose Jointed Front Suspension Adjustable Spring Platforms on Front Wilwood 4 Pot Calipers Adjustable Pedal Box with Remote Alloy Front Hubs and Group 4 Wheel Studs Twin Cable Handbrake & Spare Hydraulic Any questions please e mail or call me Ryan 07850357465 £28750 or very near offer

    • Year: 1973
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    Ryan Pickering
  • Ford Escort MKI Station 1974

    €14,950(£12,665.64) €14,950(£12,665.64)

    Ford Escort MKI Station Deluxe 1974 restored in topcondition The Ford Escort was introduced in 1967 at the Motor Show in Brussels and was built from 1968 till 1975. This is a 1974 Ford Escort Station MKI Deluxe. The car has had only 2 owners, is fully restored and both the in- and outside are in topcondition. The car has beautiful red paint and a very beautiful black interior. This Ford has the 1098 CC 4 cyl 60 HP engine and a 4 speed manual gearbox. Drives really great. The Ford Escort MKI Station gets harder to find, so this is a good chance to own a beautiful copy of a Ford Escort MKI. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1974
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  • Ford Escort Convertible

    £575 £575

    Ford Escort Convertible, 1996, Zetec, Mk6, 98,000 miles, For sale due to licence revoked for failing eye test. 7 Months MOT, Appreciating Clic, £575. Final Reduction Contact 01424 751836

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  • Ford Escort

    £1,500 £1,500

    EXCELLENT runner NEVER let me down, white with black power hood, white skirts, central locking, thief prevention key will open passenger door only, original red keys as well as black keys, 1.6 Ghia interior, calypso model,roof great no leaks, cheaper insurance as a 1.6. Mot until June,16in wolfrace alloys, lots of history, slightly lowered, genuine miles, loving looked after. Double din stereo(alpine CDE-W235BT) worth £180 when bought new, few months ago, hands free dialling blue tooth, Sony amp and sub. Momo gear knob, Genuine reason for sale for this beautiful example of a classic escort Selling as need a 7 seater, VERY reluctant sale. NEVER been thrashed, by past owners, real head turner. Any questions please ask. 2 previous lady owners, loving upkept the car no matter cost. Price Ono

    • Year: pre 1900
    • Mileage: 61000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
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  • Ford Escort Mk1 Mexico

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    Vehicle Description Year: 1975 First Registration: 1984 Mileage: 62,047 Colour: Daytona Yellow This stunning 1975 Ford Escort Mk1 Mexico has just arrived in stock and is ready to view. The Escort had conventional rear-wheel drive and a four-speed manual gearbox, or three-speed automatic transmission. The suspension consisted of MacPherson strut front suspension and a simple live axle mounted on leaf springs. The Escort was the first small Ford to use rack-and-pinion steering. The Mark I featured contemporary styling cues in tune with its time: a subtle Detroit-inspired “Coke bottle” waistline and the “dogbone” shaped front grille – arguably the car’s main stylistic feature. Similar Coke bottle styling featured in the larger Cortina Mark III (also built in West Germany as the Taunus) launched in 1970. ( Source ) This has been very well looked after and has a modified 1.6 litre engine fitted with Stage 2 Tuning. The car comes with invoices for work done and shows the car has been repainted in Ford Daytona Yellow.

    • Year: 1975
    • Mileage: 62047 mi
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  • 1978 Ford Escort Rally Car

    £26,995 £26,995

    This very desirable Ford Escort Rally car with Group 4 shell has come over to us from Northern Ireland. The car has been with its last owner for ten years and comes with an official MSA Competition log book and has taken part in many Enniskillen Motor Club tarmac sprints. Our rally car comes with an impressive specification and thousands of pounds worth of valuable parts. The engine alone cost well in excess of £5500 three years ago and is an eight valve Pinto engine with Big Valve head, steel rods and dry sump and running on 48 Webers. We are told the engine is producing around 210 BHP and was built by respected rally engine builder Reggie Britton. The Escort also boasts an Omex management system, 5 speed Quaife dog box, semi floating back axle with limited slip differential, Facett twin fuel pumps, Bias pedal box, 4 pot calipers, XR3 rear brakes and coil over springs. The body was stripped down, sand blasted and rebuilt by the famous HASS Motorsport with roll cage, then re-painted and built up. The bucket seats and fire extinguishers are still in date for current use and the Escort is quite simply outstanding to drive. One of our Malton Coachworks technicians is involved in the l

    • Year: 1978
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  • Ford Escort

    £29,950 £29,950

    Comprehensive history Ford Escort MK1 RS2000 Gulf Racing replica with a 2.0 Pinto Burton engine.This is a credit to its previous owner who has meticulously built this car with a photographice file of the stages of the restoration. A previous Classic Ford magazine cover star, this 2.0 pinto powered MKI was built as a tribute to the Gulf liveried race cars of the 60's. Details of the full specification can be found amongst the photgraphs contained in our file together with some invoices and MoT's.Call us for the full specification of this iconic beauty.

    • Mileage: 63000 mi
    • Engine size: 1998
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  • Ford Escort

    £29,950 £29,950

    Comprehensive history Ford Escort MK1 RS2000 Gulf Racing replica with a 2.0 Pinto Burton engine.This is a credit to its previous owner who has meticulously built this car with a photographice file of the stages of the restoration. A previous Classic Ford magazine cover star, this 2.0 pinto powered MKI was built as a tribute to the Gulf liveried race cars of the 60's. Details of the full specification can be found amongst the photgraphs contained in our file together with some invoices and MoT's.Call us for the full specification of this iconic beauty.

    • Mileage: 63000 mi
    • Engine size: 1998
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  • Ford Escort

    £44,295 £44,295

    *SIMILAR CLASSIC CARS ALWAYS REQUIRED* SOLD Thinking of selling? Our proven commission sale or SOR (Sale or Return) program is a great way to utilise and access our professional services and facilities while still maximising the return from your vehicle with minimal hassle, stress and time, If you’d like to take advantage of this then please get in touch for further information. Alternatively If you’d like to move your vehicle on quickly and efficiently with minimal delay then we can make an offer on an outright purchase basis with payment and collection arranged soon after. An immensely rare AVO Mk1 Ford Escort RS2000 detailed to perfection. EQUIPMENT Advanced Vehicle Operations (AVO) Type 49 body, front quarter bumpers, flared wheel arches, strengthened chassis rails, strengthened flitch plates, reinforced front suspension strut top mounting plates, rear radius rods, safety glass, anti-burst locks, black painted aluminium grille, six pod sports binnacle, heater fan, two speed wiper, courtesy light, cigar lighter, heated rear window. Factory fitted options; Driver/passenger seat headrests. EXTERIOR Finished in the only optional and very desirable metallic colour available, Stardust Silver, (Code 3), this genuine RS2000 is stunning. Amazing detailing throughout and extending to the underside will please the most critical of owners and onlookers. AVO workmanship is laid bare for all to see. The chrome, rubbers, and badges are in immaculate order with the distinctive wide blue decals adding the perfect and immediately recognisable RS look. The correct 7” diameter round sealed beam Cibe quartz halogen headlamps are fitted along with the windscreen wiper anti-lift aero-foil to the drivers side. Very difficult to fault in all repects and most certainly show winning quality. INTERIOR Fabulous in every respect and true to a Ford RS2000 interior with incredible attention to detail. The brushed nylon RS sports seats, (Code A1), with optional headrests match a spotless loop pile carpet throughout and unmarked door cards. All sports instrumentation functions including the correct 130mph and 7000rpm speedometer and tachometer providing at a glance concise information. The padded facia top has no cracks and the boot area continues the showroom experience. This is one for the RS connoisseur wanting to enjoy a top class motoring legend. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION Prepare for gasps of amazement as onlookers marvel under the spotlessly clean bonnet of this Escort RS2000. The 2.0 Ford ‘Pinto’ unit offers ample performance thanks to a downdraught compound twin-choke Weber carburettor and a free-flow exhaust manifold so 100bhp and 0-60mph in 9.0 seconds with a top speed of 108mph is possible. The metal Ford Motor Co chassis plate has been replaced but the original has been retained in the history file for authenticity. The factory AVO plate remains attached. The single selector rail shift four speed synchromesh gearbox offers short, positive snappy gear changes and is an absolute delight to use. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES 5 ½ J X 13” RS alloy wheels are all stamped H71AB-1007-AC and are unmarked shod in matching branded 175/70 R13 tyres. An unused spare is strapped and angled in the boot on the correct RS wheel. The direct acting vacuum servo assistance dual-line braking system works effectively. HISTORY FILE Built at Fords Advanced Vehicle Operations factory in Aveley in April 1974 this vehicle is one of 3,759 genuine AVO RS2000’s built for the UK market, of which only a fraction now survive. Purchased by Mr M Holland from the RS Dealer, A.Gray & Co Ltd Guildford, for the sum of £1,883.36 on the 1st January 1975. The original service book remains with the history file along with a lever arch file of other documents including a photo of the car in its amazing discovered original condition. With just six former keepers in total this car has remained with Ford enthusiasts throughout and should be preserved as one of the finest examples currently available. MOT October 2017, HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please click on the link below: https://youtu.be/2T0dVzdbpZw To see a complete set of photographs of this car please click on the link below: https://flic.kr/s/aHskLK4dkf 'Like us' or 'Follow us' for exciting new cars coming soon at KGF Classic Cars: https://www.facebook.com/KGFClassiccars https://twitter.com/KGFClassicCars

    • Year: 1974
    • Mileage: 22263 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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  • Ford Escort

    £34,995 £34,995

    *SIMILAR CLASSIC CARS ALWAYS REQUIRED* SOLD Thinking of selling? Our proven commission sale or SOR (Sale or Return) program is a great way to utilise and access our professional services and facilities while still maximising the return from your vehicle with minimal hassle, stress and time, If you’d like to take advantage of this then please get in touch for further information. Alternatively If you’d like to move your vehicle on quickly and efficiently with minimal delay then we can make an offer on an outright purchase basis with payment and collection arranged soon after. A genuine AVO Mk1 Ford Escort RS Mexico in impeccable award winning condition. EQUIPMENT Advanced Vehicle Operations (AVO) Type 49 body, front quarter bumpers, flared wheel arches, strengthened chassis rails, strengthened flitch plates, reinforced front suspension strut top mounting plates, rear radius rods, safety glass, anti-burst locks, black painted aluminium grille, six pod sports binnacle, heater fan, two speed wiper, courtesy light. Factory fitted options; Cigar lighter, Custom Pack – nylon seats, sound deadening material, RS centre console with Kienzle clock, varnished wood trim panels, reclining RS type contoured front seats, heated rear window. Dealer Special Build Programme; Minilite Sport alloys, RS wiper blade wind deflector. EXTERIOR Finished in brilliant Diamond White this genuine Mexico is outstanding. Impeccable detailing extending to the underside and engine bay will please the most critical of owners and onlookers. Vital components such as the rear stone deflector held in by eight bolts in the boot floor and strengthened AVO workmanship are laid bare for all to see. The chrome, glass, and badges are in immaculate order with much of the glass still number plate etched. Tiny splits exist to the rear glass rubber. A chip on one side decal and a few historic micro blisters to the passenger rear wheel arch, boot corner tip and front drivers sill are barely visible. These markings have been constantly present during the current 14 year ownership and never prevented the car finishing in the top ten since 2004 at the prestigious Ford AVO National Days. A second place at the 2013 event being a true testament to the meticulous condition. INTERIOR True and exact in every respect to a Ford Mexico Custom Pack interior with hidden attention to detail beyond belief. Removing the pristine door cards will reveal components carefully removed, refurbished and painted. This theme is painstakingly continued throughout. The rare Kienzle clock housed within an uncut RS centre console joins all the other fully operational sports instrumentation providing at a glance concise information. The brushed nylon RS sports seats with optional headrests and button RS logos match a spotless loop pile carpet throughout. Only the varnished wood trim panel to the dash facia shows slight fade in an otherwise perfect interior. The boot area continues the showroom experience with unused tools complete with stickers neatly wrapped in the hessian bag resting on an impossible to source genuine unmarked boot mat. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION Prepare for gasps of amazement as onlookers marvel under the bonnet of this Escort Mexico. The GT crossflow unit with the 711M block has been worked on by renown Vulcan Engineering with the aim of originality in their costly 110 Spec upgrade including conversion of the cylinder head to run on unleaded. Photos of the stripped engine are in the history file. Near impossible to source and correct components grace this engine from the obvious Fomoco radiator to the inconspicuous dipstick bracket. Expect performance of the 1660cc engine to easily match the quoted 85bhp with 0 to 60mph in 10.7 seconds and a top speed over 100mph. The 4-speed synchromesh gearbox was fully rebuilt in November 2006 by BGH Geartech Ltd with an aluminium bell housing and AP heavy duty clutch proving perfect changes every time . WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Correctly dated and optional Minilite Sport Alloys, as available through the Ford Dealer Special Build Programme, are pristine and shod in matching Goodyear Eagle Ventura 185/60R tyres. The correct pressed steel spare is strapped and angled in the boot with the same tyre. The vacuum servo-assistance brakes run on the standard single line braking system with M16 front calipers on solid discs and Lockheed 9” rear brakes. HISTORY FILE Built at Fords Advanced Vehicle Operations factory in Aveley in July 1973 this vehicle has only had six owners from new. The third owner, Mr Farris joined the AVO club in 1979 and this rare car became the 50th Mexico to be added to the register. A beautiful catalogue of history accompanies the vehicle with detailed photographs taken each time any work has been carried out. This encompasses a 14 week engine rebuild in 1983 as featured in HAVOC, (The AVO Owners Club publication) to a bare metal respray in 2002, to a recent CD file revealing intricate detailing work such as the removal and refurbishment of the fuel tank amongst other things. An extensive collection of invoices, MOT certificates and home produced technical specification sheets are included. The original owner literature including the Escort Mexico Owner’s Handbook encased in the A5 Ford Sure wallet remains with the spare keys. A previous owner has requested, after making the difficult decision to part with the car, that all trophies, medals, plaques and crystal awards remain with him as a memento of his tremendous efforts. Photos of all the awards are provided. Last sold by KGF Classic Cars in 2013 we are delighted to offer this vehicle again to the next discerning collector and blue oval enthusiast. MOT Oct 2017, HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please click on the link below: https://youtu.be/NIkz8_rWxDc To see a complete set of photographs of this car please click on the link below: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kgfclassiccars/sets/72157635295419771 'Like us' or 'Follow us' for exciting new cars coming soon at KGF Classic Cars: https://www.facebook.com/KGFClassiccars https://twitter.com/KGFClassicCars

    • Year: 1973
    • Mileage: 6477 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
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  • Ford Escort

    £19,990 £19,990

    Alloy wheels, Sports suspension, Webasto SunroofWe are absolutely delighted to be able to offer this lovely 1979 Ford Escort RS 2000 for sale.It's sad to think of how many of these cars have passed through my fingers over the years for, mostly when hot hatches hit the market and they were worth a few hundred pounds!The car is presented in the perfect black on black colour combination, is the custom model, has sparkling newly refurbished original RS Alloys, and a full length Webasto sunroof.Looking very well for it's age and with just 90, 000 miles on a 30 year old car and a file of receipts to show the love it's had this car is ready to move onto its next owner, but be quick these cars are appreciating rapidly., Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 90000 mi
    • Engine size: 1993
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  • Ford Escort

    £19,995 £19,995

    *SIMILAR CLASSIC CARS ALWAYS REQUIRED* SOLD Thinking of selling? Our proven commission sale or SOR (Sale or Return) program is a great way to utilise and access our professional services and facilities while still maximising the return from your vehicle with minimal hassle, stress and time, If you’d like to take advantage of this then please get in touch for further information. Alternatively If you’d like to move your vehicle on quickly and efficiently with minimal delay then we can make an offer on an outright purchase basis with payment and collection arranged soon after. A Ford Escort Mk2 RS1800 Custom Recreation in Press Car Carnival Red EQUIPMENT Two circular halogen headlights, front air dam, rubberised tail spoiler, unique bodyside stripes, ‘RS1800’ decals, laminated windscreen, simulated leather covered sports steering wheel, hazard warning flashers, heated rear window, separate fuel, water temperature and oil pressure gauges, padded sun visors, two-speed heater, aeroflow ventilation with eye ball vents. Optional Equipment: Vinyl roof, remote black door mirrors, Custom Pack comprising of, centre console, glove box, facia mounted clock. EXTERIOR The exterior of this RS 1800 Recreation is stunning in every respect. Finished in the same colour as the Ford Press Car, Carnival Red, it has a wonderful polished sheen and uniform appearance. The distinctive squared-up nose styling and front air dam are iconic features of this Ford Rallye Sport Escort and remain free from damage. The glass, rubbers and lights remain in excellent order along with the optional factory fitted vinyl roof. Correct decals adorn the flanks as per the Ford Press Car and Geneva Motor Show car. Utterly gorgeous and a real show stopper. INTERIOR The interior of this RS1800 offers simple sporting pleasure. The twin high back reclining Scheel front seats in Black fabric, (code A7) with head restraints are amazing, perfectly clean and offer incredible support. The carpets, fully trimmed door cards and black fascia are all very clean. All the gauges and warning lights function correctly with the ‘RS’ logo within the five white needle instrument cluster reminding the driver how special this Ford is. The correct 120mph speedo is fitted. The headlining is correctly finished in black and the boot area is spotlessly clean still protected by the almost impossible to source fitted mat and the rubber strap holding the spare wheel. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION This example is fitted with the desirable Zetec E Ford RS1800 engine which powered the Fiesta RS1800 between 1992-1995. The engine has had a complete rebuild with new pistons, oil pump, water pump, core plugs and a full tune and service. 128bhp is quoted for the standard engine with 0-60mph of 8.3secs and a top speed of 112mph on par with the original. The engine bay has been detailed and is spotlessly clean. A rebuilt 5-speed Type-9 gearbox with a new clutch and quick-shift gives an exhilarating drive. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Standard and very rare 5.5JX13 bright silver painted steel styled wheels with metal RS centre caps are shod in matching 185/60 R13 tyres. The braking system has been upgraded with larger front discs and rear drums from a Capri 2.8 Special with brake bias control to offer adequate braking performance. HISTORY FILE With only 109 road cars built between March 1975 and September 1977 the Escort RS 1800 Mk2 is an exceptionally rare and sought after car. All RS1800`s were produced in Diamond white with the exceptions of one Geneva Motor Show car and one Press Car JJN 100N that were produced in Carnival Red, and to date another road car leaving the factory in Venetian Red XYD 992S. (Source Ford RS Owners Club). This example is a recreation of the Ford Press Car and was originally supplied by Rallye Sport dealers, Thomas Motors Ltd in Cleveleys to Mr Todd as a 2 door 1300 Ghia on the 10th August 1976. On his passing in 1981 his wife, Mrs Nora Todd, took ownership and it remained largely unused until blue oval enthusiast, Martin Jones bought the car in November 2013 with 31,200 miles. Mr Jones, a Mechanical Engineer by profession, had restored a number of Lotus Cortina’s but always wanted to own a Mk2 Escort RS1800. Realising that sourcing such a project was becoming increasingly unlikely he set about sourcing the best Escort Mk2 2 door he could find and built his own recreation. His efforts are truly remarkable with an appearance at the NEC Classic Car Show where the owner of the genuine Venetian Red RS1800 example remarked, ‘it’s a credit to the owner, it's a fantastic car!’ MOT September 2017, HPI Clear To see a video of this car please click on the link below: https://youtu.be/9rZkDQA6Gss To see a full set of photographs of this car please click on the link below: https://flic.kr/s/aHskJwjeZS 'Like us' or 'Follow us' for exciting new cars coming soon at KGF Classic Cars: https://www.facebook.com/KGFClassiccars https://twitter.com/KGFClassicCars

    • Year: 1976
    • Mileage: 32107 mi
    • Engine size: 1.8
    For sale
  • Ford Escort

    £29,950 £29,950

    Comprehensive history Ford Escort MK1 RS2000 Gulf Racing replica with a 2.0 Pinto Burton engine.This is a credit to its previous owner who has meticulously built this car with a photographice file of the stages of the restoration. A previous Classic Ford magazine cover star, this 2.0 pinto powered MKI was built as a tribute to the Gulf liveried race cars of the 60's. Details of the full specification can be found amongst the photgraphs contained in our file together with some invoices and MoT's.Call us for the full specification of this iconic beauty.

    • Mileage: 63000 mi
    • Engine size: 1998
    For sale
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