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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

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    Auction Date: 23 Feb 2018
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    • Engine size: 1600
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  • Ford Escort

    £56,595 £56,595

    *SIMILAR QUALITY 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 multi-awarding winning and very early AVO Mk1 Ford Escort RS2000. 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, brake warning light, temperature gauge, heater fan, cigar lighter, heated rear window. Factory fitted options; RS centre console, Kienzle clock, Ford MW/LW radio. Dealer Special Build Programme; Wiper blade wind deflector. EXTERIOR Finished in classic RS Olympic Blue, (Code E), the paint finish to this genuine RS2000 is truly outstanding from every conceivable aspect. The fully detailed and spotless underside displays the correct Type-49 shell strengthening components as well as slant rear dampers, a feature unique to only the very early pre November 1973 cars prior to use of the Mk2 floorpan. Amazing detailing throughout and painstaking attention to accuracy sets this car above even the best A1 examples, and keen RS experts will find AVO workmanship laid bare for all to see, including the cut outs to the bonnet strengthening brace and bulkhead, required to accommodate the longer and higher positioned RS2000 Pinto engine. All trim sections, Cibie/Fomoco lenses, Triplex toughened glass and the distinctive 12-piece wide decal kit remain in pristine order, and even the ultra-rare and hugely sought-after genuine RS wiper blade deflector remains fitted! A long-standing feature on the classic Ford scene and famous within the RS Owners Club, this multi-awarding winning example is near impossible to fault. INTERIOR True to a Ford RS2000 interior with incredible attention to detail. The black brushed nylon RS sports seats, (Code A1), with optional headrests match a spotless loop pile carpet throughout and unmarked door cards. The rare Kienzle clock housed within the optional RS centre console is operative and joins the fitted Ford MW/LW radio which is not connected. All the other sports instrumentation functions providing at a glance concise information. The boot area continues the showroom experience with a genuine blue Ford jack and brace neatly wrapped in the hessian bag alongside the correct grey primer fuel tank. One for the RS connoisseur wanting to enjoy this motoring legend at its best. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION Appreciation of this engine bay leaves no wonder why many awards and trophies have been earnt over approximately 20 years on the Ford RS show circuit. The 2.0 Ford ‘Pinto’ unit develops 100bhp and 0-60mph in 9.0 seconds with a top speed of 108mph. The original Ford identity plate and AVO plate remain fitted and clearly legible to affirm the cars indisputable genuine credentials. Ford supplied engine stickers are a far superior fitment to aftermarket copies found on most examples, and attention to details even extend to the oil filler cap with correct 71HF part number! The Type E single selector rail shift four speed synchromesh gearbox offers short, positive snappy gear changes. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Five 5 ½ J X 13” RS alloy wheels display correct part number H71AB-1007-A-C and the dark grey push-through centre caps. Matching Dunlop SP Aquajet 165 SR13 tyres are virtually new and incredibly the spare tyre is the original and near impossible to find Dunlop SP68 item! RS aficionados to be pleased to see the spare wheel angled in the boot with correct holding bracket and rubber strap one inch longer than standard, all to facilitate clearance of the boot hinges. The direct acting vacuum servo assistance dual-line braking system works effectively. HISTORY FILE Built at Fords Advanced Vehicle Operations factory in Aveley in September 1973 prior to UK launch the following month, this vehicle is one of 3,759 genuine AVO RS2000’s built for the UK market of which only a fraction are now recorded on the AVO register. Registered new on the 1st December 1973, the first owner was a Mr Bryan Jones. Many previous owners have been traced and the huge history file contains records and letters between owners. Paying the sum of £1,499 less £700 part exchange allowance for his 1972 Escort Mexico, Mr Philip Pring purchased the car in September 1976. Dated some twenty years later, a letter from him is in the history file after the owner in 1996 traced him to find out more about the car! The history file is simply colossal and perusal of such would take hours. Regular valuations from the Ford AVO Owners Club date from 2001 to the latest in July 2016 whereby Club Valuer/Model Registrar, Eddie Pepper, valued the car at £50,000. Masses of neatly filed invoices date back to the 1970’s as well as documentation relating to regular successful entry and judging at RS Owners Club Concours events. Owned twice by Charlie Chisholm, Owner of CWC Restorations, he restored the car between 1998 and 2003 and such was his love for the car, he bought it back in 2006! Widely regarded in the AVO Owners Club as one of the three best Mk1 RS2000’s in the country, as stated on an AVO Owners Club valuation certificate, this car is incredibly special. MOT September 2018, HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please copy the link below: https://youtu.be/rHTQ7EXwDhc To see a complete set of photographs of this car please copy the link below: https://flic.kr/s/aHsku8y77S '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: 12328 mi
    • Engine size: 2
    For sale
    £56,595 £56,595
  • Ford Escort

    £35,995 £35,995

    *SIMILAR QUALITY 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 exceptional, very rare Rallye Sport Mk2 Ford Escort RS Mexico. EQUIPMENT Two circular halogen headlights, front air dam, rubberised tail spoiler, unique bodyside stripes, ‘Mexico’ decals, two black door mirrors, 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. Accessories: Classic 100BT radio. EXTERIOR The exterior of this iconic RS Mexico is simply beautiful. Finished in desirable Diamond White it has a stunning sheen and looks fabulous with all the black contrasting Mexico decals. The distinctive squared-up nose styling and front air dam has no stone chips and informs knowledgeable onlookers to the scarcity of this model only built between January 1976 and July 1978. All the trim is perfect, window rubbers are black and all decals are correct and present. The underside is body coloured and fully detailed for the show circuit. Photographs reveal the amazing work undertaken and no evidence of a colour change is visible despite be noted in 2012. Utterly gorgeous and a real show stopper. INTERIOR The interior of this RS Mexico offers simple sporting pleasure. The twin high back reclining Scheel front seats in Black fabric with head restraints and are perfectly clean and offer incredible support. The carpets, washable black headlining and door cards are all unmarked. 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 padded dash has no cracks and the Ford Britax labels on the seatbelts remain attached as do the green BSI Approved stickers to the seatbelt buckles! Convenience features have been fitted such as the centre console, glovebox and Classic 100BT radio. The boot area is spotlessly clean. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION Visually identical from the same era and part of the ‘Pinto’ family, a 1993cc single overhead camshaft engine performs faultlessly and is a recognised period improvement to the 1593cc unit. Amazingly clean for those enjoying bonnet-up exhibiting. A top speed of 108mph and 0-60mph in 8.5 seconds can be expected. A standard 4-speed gearbox offers light, short and responsive changes. Delightful. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES This stunning example is fitted with the standard Bright Silver painted RS Mexico steel 5.5x13in sculptured sports wheels in immaculate condition. Branded 185/60 R13 tyres are fitted with ample tread. Vacuum servo assisted front disc brakes and rear drum brakes pull the car up to a safe halt. HISTORY FILE With only around 2,500 Mk2 Ford Mexico’s made, (source Ford RS Owners Club), this car represents a rare breed! Positioned awkwardly in price and specification between a 1600 Sport and an RS2000 when new, the Mexico had a very short production run and therefore is now a highly sought after model amongst collectors. Supplied new on the 1st May 1977 this car has been owned by respected RS enthusiasts including the current Ford Escort RS2000 Registrar, Mr Alan Sherwood. His knowledge on the vehicle both in terms of the cars provenance and authenticity and some of the previous owners will help reassure any potential buyer. Photographs of the car prior to the cars full restoration and during the intensive works help explain why this example will be the pride of any collection. The vehicle is registered with the RS Owners Club. MOT Nov 2018, HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please copy the link below: https://youtu.be/4dZWBzDHx28 To see a full set of photographs of this car please copy the link below: https://flic.kr/s/aHskxhd6Rp '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: 1977
    • Mileage: 79586 mi
    • Engine size: 2
    For sale
    £35,995 £35,995
  • Ford Escort

    £36,995 £36,995

    *SIMILAR QUALITY 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 iconic, very rare Mk2 Ford Escort RS Mexico in spotless condition. EQUIPMENT Two circular halogen headlights, front air dam, rubberised tail spoiler, unique bodyside stripes, ‘Mexico’ decals, two black door mirrors, 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, alloy wheels. Accessories: Easysteer, Retrosound radio. EXTERIOR The exterior of this RS Mexico is stunning in every respect and not for the discreet! Finished in optional and striking Signal Green it has a deep, gloss shine which is amazing and an absolute pleasure to polish. An incredible photographic album revealing the painstaking works carried out to this former white example and an invoice for £26,500 for the privilege, helps explain the level of all-round detail. A five-page feature in the September 2017 Classic Ford Magazine tells the story of one owners desire to create a tribute to his first car and makes fascinating reading. The distinctive squared-up nose styling and front air dam has no stone chips and informs knowledgeable onlookers to the scarcity of this model only built between January 1976 and July 1978. All the trim is perfect, window rubbers are black and all decals are correct and present. The underside is body coloured and fully detailed for the show circuit. Utterly gorgeous and a real show stopper. INTERIOR The interior of this RS Mexico offers simple sporting pleasure. The twin high-back reclining Scheel front seats in Black fabric with head restraints are as new and offer incredible support. The carpets, washable black headlining and door cards are all unmarked with many invoices from Aldridge Trimming Ltd. 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 RS dished leather steering wheel is a desirable Rallye Sport accessory and convenience features have been fitted such as the centre console, glovebox and Retrosound radio. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION The Cologne-built 1593cc Pinto engine with a single overhead camshaft has been rebuilt by Toovey Race Engines with new pistons, polished crank and a big-valve unleaded head. The invoice in the history file for this work in January 2017 is £2,256. Aldon Automotive supplied, fitted and rolling road tuned Weber Twin Dual 44 IDF Carburettors for the perfect soundtrack at a further cost of £1,796.61. A top speed of 108mph and 0-60mph in 8.5 seconds can be expected. For real enjoyable use, a Type-9 5-speed Ford gearbox is fitted. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES This vehicle it fitted with the optional, genuine and desirable Ronal 7X13in Ford RS alloys in immaculate condition shod in new 185/60 R13 Yokohama A539 tyres. Vacuum servo assisted front disc brakes are ventilated with 4-pot callipers restored by Bigg Red. Standard rear drum brakes all renewed complete the package. HISTORY FILE In 1979 the current owner of this spectacular car, Mr Alan Bradshaw, bought his first Mk2 Escort, a year-old 1978 1600 Sport in Signal Green with a Black vinyl roof from Billinhams Ford in Wolverhampton. It was his first proper car and although always envious of his friends better spec Mexico, in 1981 the trusty Sport was traded-in for a brand new XR3. It was more than 30 years before a Mk2 was thought of again and after three decades of business success he allowed himself to relieve his youth and buy the Mexico he had always dreamt of. This example was registered on the 27th April 1978 and has had just five former keepers. With only around 2,500 Mk2 Ford Mexico’s made, (source Ford RS Owners Club), this car represents a rare breed! Positioned awkwardly in price and specification between a 1600 Sport and an RS2000 when new, the Mexico had a very short production run and therefore is now a highly sought after model amongst collectors. Mr Bradshaw outsourced the restoration of this example and the accompanying invoices for works carried out are eye wateringly expensive with a photographic album as evidence. Some of the photos also include his original 1600 Sport! The vehicle is registered with the RS Owners Club and a comprehensive history file of all works will reassure the next owner. MOT Oct 2018, HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please copy the link below: https://youtu.be/_6rNBHHHVdE To see a full set of photographs of this car please copy the link below: https://flic.kr/s/aHskx9z5j2 '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: 1978
    • Mileage: 99942 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
    For sale
    £36,995 £36,995
  • Ford Escort

    £12,995 £12,995

    *SIMILAR QUALITY 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 immaculate Ford Escort GT Mk1 Superspeed V6 Recreation. HISTORY Superspeed Conversions Ltd was a specialist racing company set up in the late '50s by two brothers, Mike and John Young in the East End of London. In the late '50s and through the '60s, Ford Motor Company did not have their own Works race team and outsourced this activity to three professional race car preparers. These teams were Alan Mann Racing, Broadspeed and Superspeed. During the Sixties, Superspeed operated from a garage behind the local Ford dealership at Ley Street, Ilford, East London and specialised in preparing and racing Ford Anglias for race drivers Mike and John Young, as well as Chris Craft and Nick Brittan. Highly regarded Superspeed Conversions Ltd would also convert new road cars for discerning buyers wanting sparking performance and bespoke performance solutions at a premium cost. EQUIPMENT Flared front and rear wheel arches, bonnet bulge, chrome door mirrors, Super Speed badges, anti-burst door locks, six dial dash, ammeter, tachometer, oil pressure gauge, heated rear window, interior light, Ford RS three-spoke leather sports steering wheel, padded dash, Modifications in brief: Ford Essex 3.0 V6, Type 5 gearbox, Capri Mk1 Atlas rear axle, front Bilstein suspension with uprated springs, Twin-Cam anti-roll bar, rear Spax shock absorbers, rear anti-tramp bars, brake bias pedal box, Wilwood 4-pot calipers, ventilated brake discs, adjustable thermostat cooling fan, Alley Cat alloys. EXTERIOR This pristine Mk1 Ford Escort is impeccably detailed and looks stunning finished in lustrous two-tone Blue metallic. Ford Mexico front wings, steel flared rear wheel arches, power bonnet bulge and beautiful twin exit exhaust pipes hint to the power beneath. The underside is spotlessly clean and in body colour allowing exhibitionists to show this amazing example. Linear panel gaps and perfect alignment indicates the professional craftsmanship invested in this car The impeccable paint finish is truly outstanding and would stand up to even the most extreme scrutiny with a wonderful glossy sheen. All the chrome, glass, and rubbers are perfect. Fabulous. INTERIOR Luxurious crushed Velour/Verona fabric upholstery finished in Tan contrasts the exterior beautifully and is all in perfect condition. The padded dash top, fascia, instrument binnacle and doors cards are also in remarkable condition. Subtle upgrades such as the RS three-spoke leather steering wheel, battery isolator switch and carbon trim all work well together. Attention to detail even extends to colour coded door lock buttons. The boot area is spotless and houses the spare wheel and car battery. Stunning classic Ford fun. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION An amazing Superspeed transformation has been performed with the bullet proof Ford 3.0 Essex V6 engine. Stunning detail to the immaculate engine bay will delight the show circuit attendee wanting to collect trophies and the engine sound track will please the enthusiastic driver. 138bhp is estimated with rapid acceleration through the Type-5 four speed gearbox. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Expensive, unmarked and highly polished Alley Cat alloys with colour coded centres are shod in Nankang Toursport 205/60 R13 tyres and look stunning. Vented front discs are gripped by Wilwood 4-pot calipers with EBC Greenstuff front pads and 3.0 Capri rear drums up rear to stop the car safely. HISTORY FILE Radically modified Fords worked on by Super Speed Conversions Ltd received such enthusiastic praise for their sparkling performance but were enjoyed by only a handful of individuals due to the cost. The previous owner Mr Colin Waine, failed to find such a car but always wanted one, so embarked on building the perfect recreation. Registered on the 16th May 1972 and with just four former keepers an un-welded shell formed the starting point in this costly project. Respected within the Ford community, the Waine Brothers are renowned for building some of the finest recreations to grace the Ford circuit and KGF Classic Cars are very proud and honoured to be able to offer this special car to a very lucky new custodian. MOT June 2018, Tax Exempt, HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please copy the link below: https://youtu.be/jFhwWnB3-Ck To see a complete set of photographs of this car please copy the link below: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm5XPiAh '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: 1972
    • Mileage: 59597 mi
    • Engine size: 3
    For sale
    £12,995 £12,995
  • Ford Escort

    £32,995 £32,995

    *SIMILAR QUALITY 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 RS Owners Club registered Mk2 Ford Escort RS Mexico in incredible condition. EQUIPMENT Two circular halogen headlights, front air dam, rubberised tail spoiler, unique bodyside stripes, ‘Mexico’ decals, black door mirrors, laminated windscreen, 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. Brief Specification: Safety Devices roll cage, Racetech gauges, Willans 4-point harness, 2.1 Pinto, forged JE pistons, Cosworth conrods with ARP bolts, lightened and balanced crank, oil cooler, gas flowed and ported cylinder head, Grp1 valves, Kent GTS3 camshft and Vernier pulley, MSD ignition with Aldon distributor, Spal electric fan, Facet electric fuel pump, twin Weber 48DCOE carbs, Prepfab exhaust, Type-9 gearbox, Fast Road Performance Power Clutch, RS English axle, Tran-X Limited Slip Differential 4.1:1, Quaife 2-piece half-shafts, Bilstein coilover struts, Grp1 Bilstein rear dampers, alloy roller bearing top mounts, anti-roll bar, Elliot rev counter, LED illumination, Ford mud flaps. EXTERIOR The exterior of this RS Mexico is magnificent. Finished in Ford Black, (Code A), it has a deep, mirror gloss shine and is one of only two Black Mexicos registered with the RS Owners Club. The distinctive squared-up nose styling and front air dam is virtually unmarked and informs knowledgeable onlookers to the scarcity of this model only built between January 1976 and July 1978. All the trim is perfect, window rubbers are black and all decals are correct and present. Ford logos can be seen on the genuine Carello halogen headlamps and Altissimo rectangular rear light covers. The underside is very clean and will enable viewers to see the top specification this car enjoys. Minor imperfections to the glass, boot edge and a few stone chips indicate this car likes to be driven and driven hard! Utterly gorgeous and a real show stopper. INTERIOR The interior of this RS Mexico offers exhilarating sporting pleasure. The twin high back reclining Scheel front and rear seats in Black fabric, (Code A7) with roll-top head restraints are amazing, perfectly clean and offer incredible support thanks to an expensive retrim by Aldridge. The carpets, door cards and black fascia are virtually unmarked. Supplementary gauges function correctly and the ‘RS’ logo within the five white needle instrument cluster reminds the driver how special this Ford is. Expensive and useful accessories such as the leather trimmed RS steering wheel, Elliot rev counter, Willans 4-point harness and Safety Devices roll cage all play an important part in this driver focused machine. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION A period engine build which will be the envy of many with stonking performance quoted at 180bhp from the 2.1 Pinto engine with reliability built in thanks to top specification and quality components. The current owner is a Development Engineer at Ford's Research Centre at Dunton and he really has poured his expertise in this car. The Type-9 five speed gearbox with quick shift has been upgraded to handle the power and enthusiastic use. Incredible! WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Genuine upgraded RS 6JX13 RS 4-spoke alloy wheels with correct RS centre caps and RS wheel nuts are shod in sticky Toyo Proxes R888 tyres. HiSpec 4-pot alloy brake callipers grip Grp1 vented 247mm discs with EBC Green Stuff pads. Goodridge braided hoses and bias peddle box with custom reservoir complete with Girling cap shed the speed off quickly and safely. HISTORY FILE With only around 2,500 Mk2 Ford Mexico’s made, (source Ford RS Owners Club), this car represents a very rare breed! Positioned awkwardly in price and specification between a 1600 Sport and an RS2000 when new the Mexico had a very short production run and therefore is now a highly sought after model amongst collectors. This car is one of just two known to the RS Owners Club finished in Black. Built in November 1976 and registered February 1977 the car had a genuine Black Ford Mexico Service Shell supplied by the Ford Saarlouis plant in 1979. The original shell finished in Signal Green was damaged. Not recorded but noted by the unique Build Plate the history and authenticity of this car can be validated by the current Mk2 Mexico Registrar, Steve Ogle. An incredible history file neatly and chronologically ordered packed with invoices, photo albums and correspondence will also reassure the next custodian. The current owner, Mr Glyn Morgan is a respected member of the RS Community and performed the role of Mk1 Escort Registrar for six years. His knowledge and passion for the marque is impressive and the quest to find a Mk2 Mexico was a challenge only resolved on buying this amazing car. A rare opportunity for the Ford Blue Oval fan. MOT April 2018, HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please copy the link below: https://youtu.be/KOKR0ws_1no To see a full set of photographs of this car please copy the link below: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm6Mu68T '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: 1977
    • Mileage: 25480 mi
    • Engine size: 2.1
    For sale
    £32,995 £32,995
  • Ford Escort

    £21,695 £21,695

    *SIMILAR QUALITY 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 Mk1 Ford Escort 1300E 2dr with a fast & furious modern twist. EQUIPMENT Black vinyl roof, chrome beading, halogen auxiliary lamps, flared front wheel arches, door mounted mirror, luggage compartment light, anti-burst door locks, six dial dash, ammeter, tachometer, oil pressure gauge, heated rear window. Factory Options: Push button radio, metallic paint, inertia reel seat belts, Ford fire extinguisher. Modifications in brief: Genuine Ford Mexico quarter bumpers and Twin Cam rear bumper, 2.0 ZETEC Silver-Top engine with throttle body fuel injection, Peter Lloyd Rallying twin silencer exhaust, Emerald programmable ECU with Innovate wideband lambda sensor controller – laptop and software included, RS2000 alloy bellhousing, Type 9 gearbox (5 speed) with quiet quick shift gear lever, RS2000 prop shaft, RS2000 3:54 rear differential, Bilstein suspension all around, high ratio steering rack (quick rack) with Group 4 steering joint and genuine Ford green track rod ends, remote central locking. EXTERIOR The 1300E was eventually available in 14 body colours, this Series Two car is immensely rare having been specified in metallic Special Order Oynx Green, (Code 54), confirmed by both the original sales invoice and body plate. The car wore the factory paint until 2007 when all glass, doors and trim was removed and a repaint commissioned. A fabulous gloss shine remains some 10 years later revealing the quality of workmanship. Connoisseurs of the model will note the unique side repeaters on the front wings along with the 1300E badges, Lucas LR8 driving lamps, door mounted mirror and satin black rear panel. Rare features such as the optional factory aerial with the base stamped Ford logo and colour-coded factory petrol cap remain fitted. Expensive and genuine Mexico front quarter bumpers and an early Twin Cam rear bumper without the number plate lamp notch have been re-chromed by Midland Plating in Northampton and add a sporting look to match the power within! INTERIOR Fabric upholstery finished in Light Tan, (Code K1) matches the real wood panelling of the fascia, instrument binnacle and doors, all in remarkable condition. Minor wear to the driver bolster does not detract from the impressive originality of this range-topping luxury Escort. Deep-cut wall-to-wall pile carpeting is clean and unworn and the black cardboard kick panels are in excellent condition. All gauges function, the optional push button radio has power and even the two-speed heater fan works on both settings! The padded black dash top is immaculate and houses a round Kienzle clock. A small clue to the fun that lies ahead is an ultra rare Ford three spoke steering wheel with the "crossed racing flags" centre cap, itself a prized jewel. The boot floor is untouched and even has the factory brush painted ‘A’ meaning the car was painted in acrylic. A true wolf in sheep’s clothing. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION A power plant that is guaranteed to delight and excite! This beautiful Ford Escort 1300E has a Silver Top 2.0 litre Ford Zetec engine with a period BDA style cam cover. The Emerald ECU controlling the fuel injection system is a stunning piece of equipment giving instant power delivery but it is still civilised and unsuspecting when you have a more relaxed drive on the agenda. The cooling system is an original Twin Cam Big Header brass tank radiator custom rebuilt to fit without any cuts in the body shells slam panel It is fitted with a genuine Pacet cooling fan which cuts in when required automatically. The Peter Lloyd sports steel exhaust emits a crisp bark that is intoxicating and addictive, especially when combined with the induction noise from the GSXR throttle bodies! The car has had all the fluids changed and a cam belt this year. A Type 9 five-speed gearbox with quick shift helps utilise the performance fully. The standard four-speed gear knob has been retained on the selector. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Spoke-style deep dish 5.5 x 13in Mexico steel wheels which have the same centre design as the original factory fitted wheels are shod in quality Yokohama A539 185/60 R13 tyres. Capri 2.8 vented front discs with EBC Greenstuff front pads and drums up rear require a firm application. HISTORY FILE This Ford Escort 1300E was built in April 1974 and registered by Ford Main Dealers, Gilberts Garage in Crowborough Sussex on the 2nd May 1974. The new vehicle invoice reveals the first owner, Mrs Wilmshurst, paid a grand total of £1550.11 including £3.53 for 7 gallons of Prem! The original stamped service book highlights the car returning to the same Main Dealer until 1984. A newspaper advert submitted on the 6th February 1987 by Bridge Garage reveals the car for sale for £1,299 and was subsequently sold to the third owner, Mr A.R Brooker, on the 11th February 1987 for £1,299. At this time the car had covered 36,703 miles. Mr Booker joined the Ford Escort 1300E Owners Club and was an avid blue oval enthusiast. The current keeper since February 2005, Mr Charles Evans, has created a fabulous Jekyl and Hyde machine with factory original looks but with a fast & furious modern twist! Historic invoices with previous old MOT certificates help track the 57,196 miles covered and countless newer invoices will convince the next lucky custodian how very special this oldskool retro Ford is. MOT June 2018, Tax Exempt, HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please copy the link below: https://youtu.be/YEYVqUN989Q To see a complete set of photographs of this car please copy the link below: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm7395sX 'Like us' or 'Follow us' for exciting new cars coming soon at KGF Classic Cars: https://www.facebook.com/KGFClassiccar https://twitter.com/KGFClassicCars

    • Year: 1974
    • Mileage: 57196 mi
    • Engine size: 2
    For sale
    £21,695 £21,695
  • Ford Escort

    £12,995 £12,995

    *SIMILAR QUALITY 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 collectable very early Ford Escort XR3 in prime condition. EQUIPMENT Aerodynamic spoilers front and rear, wheel arch air deflectors, colour keyed bumpers, colour keyed remote door mirrors, front and rear overriders, black finish window surrounds, tailgate wash wipe, side window demisters, perforated headlining, coat hooks, vanity mirror on passenger sun visor, cigar lighter, rear ashtrays, front door stowage bins, 3-speed heater fan, coin box, Ford P21 push button radio, trip recorder, tachometer, roof mounted digital clock, two spoke soft feel steering wheel. Factory options; Opening rear quarters, central locking, sunroof, tinted glass. EXTERIOR Finished in the original colour of Strato Silver Metallic, (Code V6), the paintwork is superb with a bright uniform finish and the factory panels remain fitted with stampings visible. Unique features denote a very early XR3 such as the single washer jet, washer bottle bracket design and satin black painted sill, and whilst debate rages as to exactly how many cars had these features, what is certain is that only very early cars did. Furthermore, the correct higher ride height prior to the introduction of the XR3i has been maintained. The trim sections, glass, lights and badges are in excellent order and supplying original dealer number plates remain fitted. A tiny paint blemish around the wing mounted aerial, a small split to the driver’s door top rubber and slight discolouration to the sunroof glass are visible upon close inspection. A superb example of this legendary contender in the 1980’s hot hatch war, unmolested and just as Ford intended. INTERIOR The original Special Laser fabric trim in Red/Grey, (Code TF), along with the small two spoke steering wheel again relate to the early XR3 cars and have remained in fantastic preserved condition. The bright colours to the seat fabric are free from fading and damage and the inner foam structures are firm and shapely. The anthracite headlining is unmarked, as are the door cards, and the carpeting is clean with only minimal wear. Incredibly the dash has only a few minuscule cracks around the vents, barely visible and is free from the common distortion. All the controls work correctly including the electronic warning system which monitors brake pad wear, coolant levels, low fuel, oil and windscreen washer level. Even the Ford P21 push button radio operates! A really well preserved, unspoilt 1980’s icon. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION Fitted with Fords 1.6 Compound Value angle Hemispherical chamber (CVH) engine mated to a twin venture weber carburettor, this car sprints along with 96bhp at 6000rpm giving a 0-60 of 9.2 seconds and a top speed of 113mph. The unmolested engine bay is very clean and displays clearly prominent factory plates and original stickers. Ford aficionados will be pleased to see a Motorcraft battery and correct service items such as Motorcraft oil filter, starter motor and hoses. The correct 4-speed manual transmission fitted to pre February 1982 cars is light and precise. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Five cloverleaf deep sculptured light cast alloy wheels are in fantastic order and fitted with Pirelli P6000 185/60 R14 tyres showing masses of tread. The boot area houses the spare wheel alongside the factory supplied jack and brace, and the original parcel shelf is straight and uncut with correct rubber hangers. The servo assisted brakes with 9.4” ventilated discs up front stop the car well. HISTORY FILE Built at the Ford Saarlouis Plant, Germany in February 1981 and registered new on the 3rd March 1981 on a ‘W’ plate suffix, this very early XR3 was supplied new by Ford Main Dealers Doe Motors Limited of Essex. Just three keepers from new have cherished this example the last being the owner of the very first Escort Cosworth to roll of the production line and also in possession of the Escort Cosworth owned by the designer himself, Stephen Harper. The original dealer branded document wallet houses all the handbooks, guides, sales leaflet, guarantee cards and accessories brochure. Furthermore, a neatly presented history folder contains receipts and invoices for service and repair work dating back to the 1980’s to present and includes a recent documented cambelt change. There are previous MOT certificates and two sets of original keys that work the ignition both door and tailgate. This outstanding XR3 will appeal to a serious collector or enthusiast wanting an incredibly well preserved, unmolested example of an iconic and fast appreciating classic car that has played a huge part in the history of sporting Fords. MOT March 2018, HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please copy the link below: https://youtu.be/dcyq4vci3UU To see a complete set of photographs of this car please copy the link below: https://flic.kr/s/aHskUZij9R '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: 1981
    • Mileage: 89379 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
    For sale
    £12,995 £12,995
  • Ford Escort

    £59,995 £59,995

    Variant name:Twin Cam ,Derivative:Twin Cam ,Variant: Twin Cam After having been dry-stored in a barn for 29 years, this car was originally purchased in 2009 as a restoration project for use as a track day car however, as the restoration progressed the precision to detail become more apparent and the car was meticulously rebuilt to such a superb standard, far exceeding any original expectations. From 2009-2010 this car had a full ground up restoration which included a complete bare metal respray by Brewsters Motors in the traditional Ermine White you see today, paying close attention to detail with the door handles and headlamp surrounds being re-chromed and the fitting of 'new old stock' front quarter bumpers. The interior was fully revived with new carpets, new door cards, new headlining, new windscreen, a Springalex steering wheel, immaculate period Contour bucket seats and a re-trim to the original rear seats to match the pristine fronts. The owner even managed to find two new rear ashtrays to complete the finishing touches. The engine had an unleaded head conversion and was fitted with Elan Sprint inlet valves and FIA-spec exhaust valves. The now fully-lightened and balanced engine was rebuilt by Mountune and features +40 QED cast pistons, ARP bolts, Piper L14 camshafts and a full Janspeed exhaust system. Covering just over 600 miles since the renovation, this car comes complete with a lovely invoice file detailing all components of the restoration including a large digital photograph file with over 170 photos.

    • Year: 1970
    • Mileage: 607 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
    For sale
    £59,995 £59,995
  • Stolen

    £500 £500

    From Twickenham Middlesex Registion number Ford Escort 1.3L ULN 924X 5 door in beige colour. There is a reward for information into it's recovery of £500.00 email: brianthurtell@yahoo.co.uk or : 07507438058

    • Mileage: 94500 mi
    • Engine size: 1300
    For sale
    £500 £500