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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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  • Lot 311

    Ford Escort

    £20,000 - £25,000 est. £20,000 - £25,000 est.
    Auction Date: 10 Nov 2018
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    • Mileage: 37342 mi
    • Engine size: 1597
    Auction Date: 10 Nov 2018
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  • Ford Escort

    £79,995 £79,995

    *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 rare AVO Mk1 Ford Escort RS1600 in outstanding condition. EQUIPMENT Advanced Vehicle Operations (AVO) Type 49 body, front quarter bumpers, flared front wings, 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, leather rimmed sports steering wheel, heater fan, two speed wiper, courtesy light, washable plastic headlining, push-round ashtray. Factory fitted options: Contour seats, cigarette lighter, hazard warning flashers, Quartz iodine headlamps, RS alloy wheels. EXTERIOR This Club Registered immaculate example is finished in Sunset Red, (Code J), a colour only available until July 1972. Attention to detail can be witnessed in every conceivable area from the obvious panel gaps to the spectacular underside, all factory correct and as manufactured by Fords Advanced Vehicle Operations. Invoices from renowned marque expert ASM Restorations will confirm works undertaken to the original shell to bring an already excellent example up to show class territory due to the current long-term owner’s fastidious quest for perfection. All the glass is mark free and lighting is correctly branded with the Cibie Quartz iodine headlamps bright. Rarely does a genuine plain and simple RS1600 come to market arguably making this the ultimate Mk1 Escort? INTERIOR Desirable Contour seats available from Ford’s competition department adorn this spotless period interior with plain rear black vinyl seats and a black looped-pile carpet. The RS three-spoke steering wheel with leather rim is lovely offering a view to the prized 140mph speedometer and 8,000rpm rev counter only fitted to examples up to January 1973. All gauges function along with the heater fan on both speed settings. The boot area has the original blue jack and wheel brace wrapped in the fawn muslin bag resting on a genuine boot mat. No-nonsense, correct and all the better for it. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION The amazing Cosworth-designed BDA (Belt Driven A series) engine boasts a 16-valve cylinder head with twin belt-driven cams. Competition-bred with a 1601cc engine quoted at 120bhp with 0-60mph despatched in 8.9secs and a top speed of 113mph. Featuring the correct 711M cast iron block with T5 cast under the exhaust manifold this engine has benefited from vast expenditure by leading experts, HT Racing and Vulcan Engineering, with an accompanying invoice totalling £7,680 in 2016. The original 4-speed 2000E heavy duty gearbox is a sheer delight with a short throw action and precise change. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Immaculate and optional RS Sport Alloys, as available through the Ford Dealer Special Build Programme are shod in brand new 175/70 R13 tyres with excellent grip. The remote servo-assistance brakes powered by the Girling Powerstop system on a standard single line circuit has 9.625in front discs and rear drums to offer positive braking with instant response. HISTORY FILE A total of just 1,154 RS1600s were made, (Source: Factory-original Sporting Mk1 Escorts by Dan Williamson), with most being extensively raced and rallied and some of those remaining having been re-shelled, this car is an amazing find and rarely available on the open market. Built at Fords Advanced Vehicle Operations factory in Aveley in June 1972 this Club Registered example has a fully traceable ownership record with the current long-term custodian, Mr Anthony Manning, a respected expert with a total of four RS1600s. His experience, knowledge and understanding combined with KGF Classic Cars desire to work with authenticated Condition One cars is absolute reassurance to the next owner in an ever confusing market place. A file of invoices from industry experts, letters from the AVO Owners Club signed by the Club Secretary all make fascinating reading. A valuation of £80,000 was placed on the car in August 2016 with a certificate in the history file. The ultimate Mk1 Escort and the holy grail of any Ford collection. MOT October 2019, Tax Exempt, HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please copy the link below: https://youtu.be/f2X0VwNxgdM To see a complete set of photographs of this car please copy the link below: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kgfclassiccars/albums/72157673933472458 '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: 90615 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
    For sale
    £79,995 £79,995
  • Ford Escort

    £37,995 £37,995

    *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 genuine AVO Mk1 Ford Escort RS Mexico with comprehensive traceable history. 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, hazard warning flashers. EXTERIOR Finished in desirable Diamond White this genuine Mexico looks striking. A bright uniform shine with vital components such as strengthened AVO workmanship are all present to see. The chrome, glass, and badges are in very good order and the glass is still number plate etched other than the front screen. The drivers door window has markings. Purists will note all headlamps and rear lights are genuine Ford fitment and not reproduction items. The vehicle is presented with the red Mexico decals in lieu of the thin black coachlines originally fitted and as photographed with the car at the re-build in 1992 and at RS National Day in 1999. The vehicle is still fitted with the original number plates containing the letters ‘POO’ and has been affectionately called ‘Winnie’ by all its previous owners. A charming, genuine and very presentable Mexico. INTERIOR Simple, standard and superbly original the correct Mexico black padded Vinyl XL-specification seats with horizontal perforated bands are free from any damage and along with the rest of the interior are in excellent condition. The fully functional instrument cluster comprising of the flat-faced 130mph speedometer and rev counter marked to 7,000rpm is the correct type for this Mexico. The rev counter will sometimes need a tap to function. The flat RS three-spoke leather steering wheel is in fine condition and even the supplying Dealer tax disc holder is present! The boot area is spotlessly clean with a virtually impossible to source genuine unmarked boot mat and blue Ford jack. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION Nestled between the AVO Escorts inner front wings is the 1600cc Crossflow unit with a recent full rebuild in 2015 by Damico Engines Ltd. The invoice in the file for £3,600 confirms the works carried out including conversion of the cylinder head to run on unleaded. The dyno sheet is recorded at 102bhp so expect performance of the engine to easily match the quoted 0 to 60mph in 10.7 seconds and a top speed over 100mph. The engine bay is beautifully clean and the original Body Plate and VIN Plate confirm correct specification. The chassis number is just visible on the suspension reinforced plate. The 4-speed synchromesh gearbox was fully rebuilt in November 2011 by Trade Transmissions and works perfectly. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Beautiful Spoke-style steel wheels with the correct two-tone metallic Pearl Grey centres are very presentable but the light grey outer rims have marks. The correct pressed steel spare is strapped and angled in the boot. Premium Pirelli P3000 to each corner have ample tread and 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 November 1973 this vehicle was registered on the 20th February 1974 and supplied by Tricentrol Ford Main Dealers in Chelmsford. The cars history is fully traceable with just five former keepers from new all listed and documented. The fifth owner, Mr Gerard Page, owned the vehicle for 26 years and joined the AVO Club with this car in 1985. The vehicle is featured in HAVOC, (The AVO Owners Club publication) and there are numerous Club valuations from the Mexico Model Registrars over the years. There is also a hand written letter from Martyn Castick on AVO headed paper dated September 1985 proudly claiming he had the same colour combination when the car had black coachlines. An extensive collection of invoices, MOT certificates and old tax discs make fascinating reading. Spare keys are included. A very rare car for the avid collector and blue oval enthusiast. MOT August 2019, HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please copy the link below: https://youtu.be/P4hJ1mR1-yU To see a complete set of photographs of this car please copy the link below: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kgfclassiccars/albums/72157699551848644 '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: 5245 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
    For sale
    £37,995 £37,995
  • Ford Escort

    £18,895 £18,895

    *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 incredible Ford Escort Mk5 RS2000 with only 12,462 miles. EQUIPMENT Twin bonnet power bulges, four beam headlights, integral fog lights, long range driving lights, tailgate spoiler, power steering, electric front windows, quickclear heated windscreen and washer jets, slide/tilt sunroof, central locking, electric heated powered mirrors, variable reach sports steering wheel, Recaro seats, cassette stowage, coin slots, trinket tray, lights on audible warning, courtesy light delay, 60/40 split rear back rest. EXTERIOR This original example is finished in optional metallic Pacifica Blue, (Code J2), which gleams thanks to indoor heated storage and very low miles. The understated looks were Fords intentions to keep away from the Boy Racer image but bonnet power bulges, revised front grille and bumper, colour coded side skirts and rear spoiler soon inform the knowledgeable. The coveted Rallye Sport badging along with all other trim is immaculate. Minor stone chips to the bonnet and a very slight roof mark prove originality and will not disappoint the perfection seeking owner. Supplying Ford dealer number plates remain fitted along with period window stickers. All apertures are spotlessly clean and the underside still displays Ford PDI colour dabs including those on the coil springs. A totally original, unspoilt and preserved example, very difficult to better. INTERIOR The plush Panache velour fabric in Dark grey complements the sports ambience of the car and is immaculate. The special Recaro seats are comfortable and supportive with no wear and all carpets have been protected from new by genuine rubber Ford mats. The car retains a distinct new car aroma. All controls operate with slickness and ease and the unique lighting on the dash in orange with red detailing is unmistakable. A section of red trim has lifted slightly on the dash and the steering wheel and gear knob still have prominent texture and grain thanks to the ultra-low mileage. The boot area is immaculate with a period boot tidy still attached and the parcel shelf is pin straight. An outstanding Ford RS Ford interior. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION The inline 4-cylinder 2.0 DOHC 16v engine produces 150bhp and propels the car from 0-60mph in 8 secs and on to a top speed of 129mph. Both the 16-valve DOHC engine and the transverse application of the MTX 75 transmission was specifically developed for the RS2000 helping to utilise the power while offering a slick smooth gear change. The engine bay is a real testimonial to the safe keep and low mileage and would suit the show circuit. A recent major service at a Ford Main Dealer in June 2018 has been carried out. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Stunning five spoke cast aluminium wheels measuring 6X15 are polished to a lustre finish and lacquered which are correct and unique to the early Mk5 RS2000. Matching Bridgestone Potenza 195/50 R15 tyres have ample tread and the spare is an unused factory Uniroyal item. Teves two-channel anti-lock braking system brings the car to an assured stop. HISTORY FILE This pre-facelift Mk5 Ford Escort RS2000 was built in April 1992 and registered by Lex English Ford to a Mr M Tricksey. He took delivery on the 6th February 1993 and being the consciences type the history file reveals he opted for the Ford Extra Cover Warranty and specified the Dealer to install an immobiliser, (still fitted), prior to collecting the car. He remained the owner until October 1996 when the second owner, Matthew Smith, purchased the car with less than 2,000 miles. Mr Smith, a Ford fanatic, has remained the only custodian since and used the vehicle sparingly having now covered just 12,462 miles. MOT history helps track the few miles covered along with four entries in the original service book. The most recent being a major service in June 2018 by Ford Main Dealer, TC Harrison. The history file is neatly presented with a collection of tax discs up to 2002, MOT certificates and original supplying literature from Lex English Ford. All handbooks, spare keys and brochures are present. There are also some period magazines with road tests collected by Mr Smith. This example represents a true low mileage survivor and one for the discerning modern classic car collector. MOT December 2018, HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please copy the link below: https://youtu.be/UxwpoiHbVCo To see a complete set of photographs of this car please copy the link below: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kgfclassiccars/albums/72157698509983115 'Like us' or 'Follow us' for exciting new cars coming soon at KGF Classic Cars: https://www.facebook.com/KGFClassiccars https://www.twitter.com/#!/KGFClassicCars

    • Year: 1989
    • Mileage: 12462 mi
    • Engine size: 2
    For sale
    £18,895 £18,895
  • Ford Escort

    £29,995 £29,995

    *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 superb Diamond White Ford Motorsport developed Escort RS1600i with 54,711 miles. EQUIPMENT Colour coded bumpers with front and rear overriders, RS aerodynamic front and rear spoilers, front driving and fog lamps, laminated windscreen, RS1600i decals, remote control door mirrors, RS 4-spoke leather trimmed steering wheel, cassette holder, 2 speed plus intermittent wipers, tailgate wash wipe, head restraints, side window demisters, perforated headlining, coat hooks, vanity mirror on passenger sun visor, cigar lighter, rear ashtrays, 3-speed heater fan, coin box, trip recorder, tachometer, roof mounted digital clock. Factory options; All round tinted glass, tilt/slide sunroof, electric windows, ERST 32P stereo radio cassette. EXTERIOR This RS1600i is finished in desirable Diamond White, (Code B3) which contrasts the striking RS1600i decals on the bonnet, boot lid and sides beautifully. The correct stance is instantly recognisable as this example still sits on the special Koni shock absorbers only fitted to the RS1600i lowering the car by 23mm and often replaced. The original rear spoiler is straight with no distortion issues and the front spoiler displays clearly the Motorsport logo and part number. Purists will also relish in the factory correct Hella driving and fog lights being fitted and the optional all-round tinted safety glass being number plate etched including the vulnerable original front screen and headlamps. A deep lustrous shine graces all the original panels for those enjoying the show circuit and even the front wings are date stamped! Tiny imperfections to the lower sill where the paint has flaked off and one wheel arch lip are barely worthy of a mention. A very rare and desirable example of the first front wheel drive Ford ever to wear the RS badge! INTERIOR The interior of this RS1600i is in truly immaculate. Finished in Shark Grey Crushed Velour (Code TC), the seats and deep side bolsters have retained perfect structural integrity and the matching door cards and perforated headlining are in pristine condition. The deep grey carpets are spotless and free from undue wear thanks to being protected by four genuine Ford rubber floor mats. The dashboard has no cracks and all interior equipment is functional including the fuel thrust cut-off warning lights. A prized Ford ERST 32P stereo radio cassette was the most expensive cost option at £300.51 when new and along with the electric windows remains operational. The RS 4-spoke leather trimmed steering wheel and special gearshift gaiter and knob defy their age. The boot area is spotlessly clean including the immaculate rear parcel shelf and the colour code sticker is still attached to the back panel. A Ford that gives you more. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION Fitted with Fords 1600 Compound Value angle Hemispherical chamber (CVH) unit producing a manufacturer quoted 115 BHP. Mated to the Bosch K-Jetronic Fuel Injection System and incorporating deceleration fuel shut off, the car has a top speed of 118mph and achieves 0-60 in 8.7 seconds. The original engine bay stickers are still attached the obvious twin coil set up and finned cast alloy rocker cover are proudly on display. The gear changes are light and a joy to use with the unique 0.83 fifth gear ratio fitted only to the RS1600i. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Later RS seven spoke alloy wheels are unmarked and are shod with matching Pirelli P5000 195/50 R15 tyres. Diagonally split hydraulic circuits with tandem master cylinder, vacuum servo assistance and 9.4” ventilated discs up front bring the car to a halt well. HISTORY FILE Introduced in September 1981 this stunning example was built in the final month of production in July 1983 and is one of 2,600 UK examples and just one of 530 in Diamond White. (Source: RS Owners Club). Registered new on the 7th October 1983 by Ford Rallye Sport Dealer, Johnsons of Gainsborough to a Mr Fraser this vehicle has a phenomenal history file and has covered a warranted 54,711 miles. Virtually every MOT certificate and bundles of Ford service invoices are neatly filed and will fascinate the avid and conscientious enthusiast wanting to buy a superb example backed with incredible history so rarely found. Furthermore, this example has show winning provenance with Cups and Shields won in the early 1990’s at prestigious events such as Ford National Day, Castle Coombe Day and Beaulieu Day. The vehicle has numerous Ford RS Owners Club valuations and was owned by a previous RS1600i Registrar. Since retiring from the show circuit the vehicle has been housed in a private collection consisting of some of the lowest mileage 1980’s Hot Hatches including a 9,000 mile Renault 5 Turbo and 16,000 mile Vauxhall Astra 16v GTE. All keys are present including a working torch key which operates all locks and ignition on RS1600i leather key fobs. An original stamped service book is present with the last service and cam belt change being carried out at 54,023 miles in May 2018. A branded top quality car cover and RS front seat covers are included and a sealed T Shirt. Fast becoming highly desirable, most definitely one for the true enthusiast. MOT May 2019, HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please click on the link below: https://youtu.be/J2fEsOWe6ew To see a complete set of photographs of this car please click on the link below: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kgfclassiccars/albums/72157697709062014 '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: 1983
    • Mileage: 54711 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
    For sale
    £29,995 £29,995
  • Ford Escort

    £17,995 £17,995

    *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 exhilarating Mk1 Ford Escort AVO RS2000 Recreation. EQUIPMENT Type 49 Strut top plates, Rally type front panel, RS2000 decal, RS2000 wing badges, front quarter bumpers, Lucas H4 headlamps, Fomoco rear lights, Fomoco reverse lights, Wingard style mirrors, locking petrol cap, Recaro front seats, RS1600 8000rpm/140mph tachometer/speedometer, Kent Cams Vernier pulley, twin 40 DCOE Weber carburettors, electronic ignition, alloy radiator, alloy breather tank, electric fan, 4-2-1 Tubular manifold, 2in single box exhaust system, Type-9 5 speed gearbox, single piece prop shaft, anti-tramp bars, 3.89 rear differential, Bilstein front coilovers, adjustable track control arms, World Cup cross member, Group 4 steering coupling universal joint, Polybushed all round, CompBrake Group 4 Front brake kit, 4 pot callipers (B16), 247mm Vented discs, brake bias pedal box, BF Goodrich brake hoses. EXTERIOR Finished in brilliant Diamond White, this incredible RS2000 recreation is a visual tribute to the iconic fast Ford and draws large crowds instantly. The paintwork is uniform and boasts a bright polished finish with the instantly recognisable blue RS2000 decals in excellent order. Close scrutiny will reveal only minor markings which in no way detract from the striking appearance. This creation has been completed to a very high standard with professional workmanship even extending to a fully detailed underside, whereby the no expense spared mentality and components specification is clear to see. All trim sections including the RS2000 wing badges, front quarter bumpers and boot badges are superb, as are the Lucas H4 headlamps and Fomoco lenses. A fantastic recreation guaranteed to draw attention. INTERIOR The interior of this vehicle features genuine RS2000 Recaro seats, retrimmed in hard wearing vinyl and remaining in good condition. Ford aficionados will notice the very desirable and therefore very expensive RS1600 gauges including the 8000rpm tachometer and 140mph speedometer. Other trim pieces such as the RS three spoke steering wheel and padded dash top are in excellent order. The carpets and black perforated headlining are clean and fully intact, and all functions and controls operate as intended. A clean and functional classic Ford interior in excellent order. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION A power plant that is guaranteed to delight and excite! The 2.0 Pinto engine with 205 block features an impressive and extensive specification including twin 40 DCOE Weber carburettors, Kent Cams Vernier pulley. The power delivery is instant and hugely exhilarating, yet the drive feels tight and composed, without question a set up by knowledgeable professionals. A very clean engine bay displays the original riveted Ford plate and hints towards the fun in store with the large ornate twin carburettors! A desirable Type 9 five speed gearbox has been fitted and it is housed correctly in a modified gearbox tunnel. The ultimate driving pleasure. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Perfect highly polished Minilight style alloy wheels are wrapped in Yokohama A539 185/60 R13 80H tyres, brand new in 2016 and virtually unused. The braking system has had the same attention to detail with specification to include CompBrake Group 4 Front brake kit, 4 pot callipers (B16), 247mm Vented discs and BF Goodrich brake hoses. A bias brake pedal box controls the disc/drum braking force should the desire to misbehave prevail! HISTORY FILE Registered new on the 16th November 1973 as a humble Escort 1100L, this car led an unassuming life throughout the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s, and it was into the millennium that the cars transformation was undertaken in the hands of eclectic classic car collector, Robert McMillon. Having searched extensively for a Mk1 RS2000, Robert became disheartened with many non-genuine examples masquerading as genuine AVO cars and the few genuine examples he could find were in such poor order. This led Robert to make the decision to build his own RS2000 recreation, exacting to his own specification and standard. The car as it stands today is a testament to his dedication, skill and knowledge and represents everything that the original Mk1 RS2000 stands for at a fraction of the price! A superb achievement, huge fun and highly usable. MOT June 2019, Tax Exempt, HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please copy the link below: https://youtu.be/1efNrPWOX8U To see a complete set of photographs of this car please copy the link below: https://flic.kr/s/aHskCsX1h1 '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: 91763 mi
    • Engine size: 2
    For sale
    £17,995 £17,995
  • Ford Escort

    £54,995 £54,995

    *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 award winning early AVO Ford Escort Mexico with full history from new. EQUIPMENT Advanced Vehicle Operations (AVO) heavy-duty Type 49 bodyshell, front quarter bumpers, flared wheel arches, strengthened chassis rails, strengthened flitch plates, reinforced front suspension strut top mounting plates, rear radius rods, rear stone deflector plate, safety glass, anti-burst locks, black painted aluminium grille, Springalex steering wheel, six pod sports binnacle, heater fan, two speed wiper, courtesy light, washable plastic headlining. Factory fitted options; Cigarette lighter. EXTERIOR This outstanding enthusiast owned example is finished in desirable Electric/Monza Blue, (Code U), and the highly detailed finish to the paintwork is truly breath-taking. The spotless underside enjoys the absence of underseal to showcase the incredibly straight and structurally perfect Type 49 shell with AVO workmanship laid bare for all to see. Finishing second in Class Mexico at the Ford AVO Owners Club National Day in 2017 reveals the high standard this example enjoys. Correct features such as the Lucus 75/50w 7in circular sealed beam headlight units only fitted to early cars and twin-wire Trico Speedblade wipers will please purists. The white striped Mexico decals are perfect and in accordance with the stripes have the 1600GT wing badges and colour coded petrol cap. The front chrome quarter bumpers and correct straight rear bumper without the cutout is as new. An extraordinary example in every respect and very special. INTERIOR The standard early Mexico had black PVC L-spec seats with vertical stitching, (Code AA), and the original factory seats in this car along with the rest of the interior is amazing. The fully functional instrument cluster comprising of the 140mph speedometer and rev counter marked to 8000rpm is the correct type for an early Mexico along with the raised Ford oval badge on the passenger sill and the grey dipping rear view mirror. As with the Twin Cam, RS1600 and pre-October 1972 Mexicos, the battery is in the pristine boot area with the original blue jack neatly wrapped in the hessian bag. Factory correct and one for the perfectionist. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION This matching numbers 1599cc 4-cylinder Crossflow engine is remarkable in both its condition and factory originality. Producing 86bhp, 0-60mph is 10.7 seconds and a top speed over 100mph is quoted. It has the correct cast iron 711M cylinder block and the AC oval metal air cleaner housing is finished in the correct hammered silver colour as per early cars. The combined brake/clutch reservoir attached to pre-October 1972 Mexicos still sits correctly on the upper bulkhead along with the off-white cheese wedge washer bottle. The gearbox is a close-ratio all-synchromesh design with heavy-duty three-rail shift and remote-control leaver to ensure a positive change. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Immaculate pressed steel wheels with chrome caps of 5.5x13in dimensions have the cooling slots only fitted to early Mexicos between June 1971 and September 1972 and are shod in new Michelin Energy 165/70 R13 tyres. The Girling Powerstop AHV 550 Mk2A servo, also only fitted to the early cars, helps grip the 9.625in front discs and 9.00in rear drums to offer assured braking performance. HISTORY FILE Built at Fords Advanced Vehicle Operations facility in Aveley in October 1971 this vehicle incredibly has a fully traceable ownership history from new and throughout just three former keepers. Supplied by Ford Main Dealers and Rallye Sport Centre, John Willment (Mitcham) Ltd, to a Mr Edward William Palmer on the 11th November 1971. Mr Palmer cherished the vehicle until July 1989 before selling the car to Mr Mark Lawrence Dent for £1350. A letter between the two owners is within the comprehensive history file. Mr Dent again cherished the car until May 2008 before selling it to Mr Dean David Carey who sold the car in August 2009 to the final keeper, Glenn Gray. Mr Gray, a knowledgeable Ford fanatic, decided to embark on a sympathetic restoration preserving all the correct components and entrusting industry experts such as Charlie Chisholm from CWC Restorations to carry out the work. As a testament to the excellent standard this car is in, it was awarded second in Class Mexico at the 2017 Ford AVO Owners Club National Day. The history file is phenomenal with virtually every MOT from new, all handbooks and even the original service book! A substantial number of invoices and sales literature from new is included along with two sets of keys and even the metal key tag number. A recent seven page feature in Retro Ford Magazine November 2017 is included. This really is one of the best Ford Escort Mexicos in existence. MOT February 2019, Tax Exempt, HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please copy the link below: https://youtu.be/pZVf6-hcTEk To see a complete set of photographs of this car please copy the link below: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmdpjF3J '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: 1971
    • Mileage: 32550 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
    For sale
    £54,995 £54,995
  • 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

    £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 1981, 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
    For sale
    £500 £500