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Ford Escort Mk1 buying guide (1968-1975)

Ford Escort Mk1 Ford Escort Mk1 Ford Escort Mk1 Ford Escort Mk1 Estate 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 one 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.

Tech spec - Escort RS Mexico 1970-1975

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

What to look for

• 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.

Key clubs and websites

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

Words: Richard Dredge
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Last updated: 6th Mar 2015
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  • Ford Escort RS1800


    Mayfair 020 7125 1400 | Maldon 01621 879579 This is a genuine factory-built RS1800 and one of the first off the production line. The RS1800 model was a highly specialised variant of the second Escort series and designed specifically for competitive rallying. The key features included a strengthened 2 door saloon body and significantly uprated power delivered via a 1.85 litre version of the 16-valve/twin-overhead-cam Cosworth BDA engine, which produced some 115bhp. Other characteristics were a four speed gearbox, MacPherson strut independent front suspension, solid rear axle and disc brakes to the front wheels. The example offered here was constructed at Ford in 1975 and, being one of the earliest cars, was virtually hand built. The car was assigned the Kent registration number KKL280P and further prepared by RS dealership Haynes of Maidstone for use by John Taylor who campaigned it over the next 2 seasons, achieving outright victory in the 1976 Irish Tarmac Championship. With the arrival of a newer car, KKL280P was then sold to Stuart Pegg (Roger Clark’s co-driver) in June 1977 and used by a number of other well-known drivers including Jan Hettema, 5 times South African national ch

    • Year: 1975
    For sale
    JD Classics
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  • 1986 Ford Escort XR3i with 26k miles from new

    £14,950 £14,950

    First registered in august 1986 and with just 4 keepers and less than 27k miles since . This car was laid up for over 20 years in dry storage after the first owner passed away in 1992 . It has recently benefitted from a thorough clear wax- oiling in all unseen areas including inside doors and boot frame etc 1597cc Engine with 5 speed gearbox Excellent original paintwork Unmarked interior with original Reccaro seats Ford Alloys Radio Cassette Full Service History with 7 stamps in book Recently recommissioned with full service including new exhaust,wheel cylinders and cam belt change HPI Clear and freshly MOTed

    • Year: 1986
    For sale

    £10,000 £10,000


    • Mileage: 78998 mi
    • Engine size: 1.399
    For sale
  • Ford Escort

    £7,800 £7,800

    Mk1 Escort 1300 XL 1971,Mot till April 2017,good clean car for 45 years old. Imported from Malta in 2014, 2 previoous owners.Please call for any more information.Looking for reasonable offers,nothing to silly.over 7k car under a cover in my garage

    • Mileage: 54840 mi
    • Engine size: 1.3
    For sale

    £77,995 £77,995


    • Engine size: 2.4
    For sale
  • Ford Escort

    £49,995 £49,995

    Chassis number BB49KT79413 was built in April 1970 and subsequently had a distinguished motorsport career in South Africa. Converted for race use by Lambert, Harry and Roelof Fekken, it was campaigned throughout the 70s and competed in the Springbok series. The car was then little used until being completely rebuilt by Harp Motorsport in 2008, who were able to retain the original rustfree shell and many of its original parts which had been preserved through being kept in such a dry climate. It has subsequently been raced in historic events such as the Springbok Revival Series. Fitted with an 1800 BDA engine on 48 DCOE Webers with Lucas electronic ignition. ZF five speed gearbox with sintered paddle clutch and single piece prop. Atlas rear axle with 4.6 CWP and LSD. Brakes are vented discs with AP 4 pot front and AP 2 pot rear calipers. Front suspension features gas filled Bilsteins with adjustable platform to Group 4 spec with alloy hubs, World Cup cross-member, quick rack, and double width ARB. The rear has original leaf slipper spring with turreted Koni adjustable dampers, 5 link with rose joints, Group 4 alloy axle brace and alloy fully floating hubs. The specification also includes a Jaz 35 litre tank with twin Facet pumps, alloy collector pot and an auxiliary Ford tank for long distance events. 75 amp alternator, boot mounted battery, new wiring loom with circuit breakers and master switch. Slicks and wets on 8" and 10" Group 4 alloys. Fully plumbed throughout with Aeroquip, original works type dry sump tank, oil cooler, high capacity/flow brass radiator, electric cooling fan, laminated top tint screen, FIA seat, 5 point harness, OMP plumbed in fire extinguisher system and 6 point bolt in roll cage. Complete with a South African HTP dating from 2009 and a history file including period photos. In superb condition throughout. Ready to race or would readily convert for rally use.

    • Year: 1970
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  • Ford Escort

    £79,995 £79,995

    Very successful RS1600 race/rally car ... This iconic car was originally a factory press demonstrator. It was converted to a very successful historic race car before being meticulously rebuilt to FIA Group 2 tarmac rally specification with a 2.0 litre Alan Sherwood BDA, Brian Wileman ZF box, ZF LSD and fully floating Atlas. Shell authenticated by the RS1600 Registrar. Maintained and run to the highest standards by Motorscope, with all major components lifed. Second in the 2012 Tour Britannia, and eligible for many prestigious events worldwide, including Tour Auto. Complete with new HTP papers and ready to rally (or race with minor modifications) Immaculate, competitive and unique.

    • Year: 1970
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  • Ford Escort

    £175,000 £175,000

    This is a rare opportunity to purchase an ex-works Escort which has had a full nut and rebuild by leading specialists Motoscope and is now presented in absolutely pristine rally ready condition. RWC 456K was a works RS1600 driven in period by Makinen, Mikkola and Cowan. It also won the Ypres 12hr in the hands of Staepelaere and Aerts. The history of the car is very well documented and is accompanied by a collection of period photographs. Less than 50 road miles have been covered since the completion of Motoscope’s comprehensive rebuild. The build quality and specification is outstanding, and combines FIA homologated components with high tech instrumentation and camera systems: •FIA specification 2.0 litre Alan Sherwood BDA, producing 250 BHP •Direct top ZF box •ZF LSD with 4.6 CWP •AP twin plate clutch •Steel sump pan •Alloy radiator •FIA bag tank •Tony Law exhaust with ceramic coated manifold •Works spec semi floating Atlas with alloy hubs •Watts linkage and short four link system •AP forest 4 pot front callipers, AP 4 pot twin callipers on rear •Gartrac billet front struts •Steel bubble arched shell •Alloy door skins •Alloy bonnet and boot lid •Toyo R888s on Minilites •Motorsport loom •6 Piaa spot lights •Full Racelogic camera system •Stack instrumentation •Peltor intercom •Twin tripmaster system •Lifeline plumbed in and hand held extinguishers •Full safety equipment Everything on the car is brand new or rebuilt, and the shell has been immaculately repainted by Normandale Refinishing. The spares package includes steel bonnet and boot lids, 7 sets of brand new Minilites and 6 unused Dunlop tyres.

    • Year: 1972
    • Mileage: 40 mi
    For sale
  • Ford Escort


    **SIMILAR CLASSIC CARS ALWAYS REQUIRED** **PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR AVAILABILITY** 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 club registered very rare AVO Mk1 Ford Escort RS1600 Custom in original 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, cowlside map pocket. Factory fitted options; Vinyl roof, Custom Pack: Brushed nylon seats, sound deadening material, centre console, heated rear window. Push-button radio. EXTERIOR This incredible, fully traceable and enthusiast owned example is finished in ultra-rare Stardust Silver (code 3). Both the colour and factory fitted vinyl roof is listed on the AVO metal plate. The discreet and neat triple coach line that follows the body moulding line informs a knowledgeable fraternity of the Custom Pack option. All original trim sections, rubbers, glass and lights are in very good condition and help confirm this previous 1st place RS1600 National Day winner as a champion showpiece. Sympathetically restored in the mid 1980’s in preparation for the show circuit the condition today reflects the quality work carried out at the time but now shows slight ageing in a completely inoffensive manner. Pleasing attributes such as the original pressed steel number plates and the dealership rear screen sticker remain. An extraordinary example and very special. INTERIOR Correct to manufacturer specification, the interior of this RS1600 is a credit to the dedication and resolve of the former keepers to stay true to Ford AVO’s vision and keep the car away from the often inevitable fate of modification. The rare and optional Custom Pack reclining sport seats finished in nylon, (Code A1), have never been re-trimmed and present well with only a small section of loose stitching on the driver’s seat, largely hidden from sight. The original wood trim deservedly shows slight fade. All equipment housed in the flawless dashboard with padded top fascia and correct six pod binnacle operates perfectly but the correct Kienzle centre console clock and Ford push-button radio are not connected. The boot area is very clean and has the original and impossible to source genuine boot mat. A wonderful interior born from a devoted quest for originality and accuracy. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION The competition-bred Cosworth BDA twin-cam 16 valve engine has a cubic capacity of 1601cc and vitally is the rare, highly sought-after aluminium cylinder block only fitted to the last of these models. A beautifully original engine bay will delight those seeking hidden and correct AVO features but also prominent impossible to source ancillaries such as the unique washer bottle and oil cooler unit are still fitted. 113bhp is quoted with 0-60mph dispatched in 8.3 seconds and a top speed in excess of 110mph. Drive comes through the original three rail shift, close ratio heavy-duty 4-speed gearbox. Changes are snappy and precise although reverse is difficult to engage at times. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Optional RS Sport Alloys with centre caps, as available through the Ford Dealer Special Build Programme have been fitted from new and are shod in matching branded 175/70 R13 tyres with masses of tread. The vacuum servo-assistance brakes run on the standard single line braking system with 9.625in front discs and 9.00in rear drums to offer ample stopping power with an assured feel. HISTORY FILE Built at Fords Advanced Vehicle Operations factory in Aveley in February 1974 this vehicle incredibly has a fully traceable owner history from new and throughout just three former keepers. The order this homologation limited number Ford RS1600 was placed by a Mr J.C Leigh, owner of Leigh’s Pharmacy in Liverpool on the 26th July 1973 through Ford RS Dealers, J.Blake & Co. Ltd. A £300 deposit was placed to secure a build with the balance of £2052.60 paid on collection on the 6th May 1974, an indication of the lead time required and substantial cost of these cars when new! Both the dealer wallet and receipts remain in the history file. On Mr Leighs passing the vehicle was acquired by RS devotee and all-round Ford enthusiast, Mr Michael Taylor in 1988, when just 40,000 miles had been covered. Shown at various concours events over his 10 year ownership span (with a box full of awards included), a magazine feature in Fast Ford dated 1992 reveals his dedication to the car. Sold to Martin Clough in 1998 who served his apprenticeship with Ford, another magazine feature dated 1999 in Classic Ford continues the story of this cars privileged ownership record. Eventually sold in 2013 to the current serial Ford collector. A fantastic history file exists with the car from old MOT certificates to cover the 66,778 miles and every registration document issued. The original service book provided when new is included complete with stamped entries along with a substantial number of invoices and paraphernalia. An expired valuation certificate dated 10th August 2014 by AVO Owners Club RS1600 Registrar, William Arnold, is recorded at £50,000 and more recently by Haggerty in 2016 for £70,000. An incredible Rallye Sport machine. MOT March 2017, Tax Exempt, HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please click on the link below: https://youtu.be/dhg1AEQMAps To see a complete set of photographs of this car please click on the link below: https://flic.kr/s/aHskwcRaKd '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: 66778 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
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  • Ford Escort

    £12,495 £12,495

    *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 fabulous Ford Escort Mk1 1300XL with a subtle modified twist. EQUIPMENT Safety glass all round, anti-burst locks, square sealed beam headlights, rear number plate illumination lamp, water temperature gauge, oil pressure and generator warning lights, tachometer, two speed windscreen wipers, foot operated windscreen washer/wiper, ignition/steering column lock, safety padded steering wheel, ashtray in fascia, aluminium scuff plates, demister nozzles, two speed heater/demister fan, rear ashtrays, two padded sunvisors, simulated wood fascia and door cappings, door operated courtesy light. Factory options; Metallic paint. Dealer options; Static seat belts front, reflective number plates, Endrust treatment. EXTERIOR The exterior of this range topping 1300XL is truly fantastic both in its condition and originality having covered a mere 25,336 miles from new. Finished in optional Ford Tawny Brown (code S), the largely factory original coating has a deep polished shine and a pleasing uniform finish which is outstanding. Very minor touched in stone chips and light scratches in no way detract from the fantastic appearance of the car. Equally the immaculate boot area houses the jack with correct and often lost rubber bung and spare wheel with the original cross ply tyre. Structurally this car is remarkable having been Endrust treated from new, the injection holes holes still visible in the door shuts. A very discreet lowering of just one inch gives the car an awesome stance without detracting from its humble beginnings. A real eye catcher! INTERIOR The interior of this cherished top of the range example has been beautifully preserved. The XL specific deeply embossed upholstered seats in Black (code AA) are virtually unworn and absolutely commensurate with the cars incredible low mileage. The headlining is tight and very clean. This XL model features the GT style larger instrument binnacle to house the extra gauges including oil pressure, temperature, battery indicator and tachometer. The fascia remains absolutely intact with all simulated wood cappings present and all functions and controls operating perfectly. Only minor wear to the black loop pile carpeting can be seen. This interior really is a beautiful, unspoilt place to be and exactly how Ford intended. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION Originally fitted with Fords 1298cc OHV Crossflow unit, a 1650cc Crossflow engine has been fitted out of an Escort Harrier with twin 40 Webber carburettors and full Ashley exhaust system. The work has been completed to an exceptional standard, the previous keeper being an engine builder by trade. Importantly, absolutely all components have been carefully retained to enable simple conversion back to standard should the new owner desire, including the matching numbers factory fitted low mileage engine. The engines fires up immediately and provides an exhilarating engine note with more than enough capability to keep up with modern traffic. A wonderfully original and spotlessly clean engine bay still displays the factory plates and tags and the strut top chassis number remains clearly visible. Even the hardboard sump guard remains intact, virtually unheard of! The four speed gearbox with synchromesh on all forward gears allows light and precise progression up the range, an absolute joy to operate. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Four desirable and valuable Lotus Cortina pressed steel wheels are in pristine condition and shod in matching quality 185/60 R13 Avon tyres with masses of tread. The wheels give the car an tremendous presence whilst retaining the classic ‘oldskool’ Ford look. The standard pressed steel wheels with original chrome hub caps have been retained with the car. A conversion to Capri 2.8 front struts with vented discs and single leaf rear springs allow improved handling and stopping capabilities, again with all original components carefully stored and retained with the car. HISTORY FILE Registered new on 5th January 1973 by Ford Main Dealers Temple Meads Motors of Bristol, this brilliant example has had just three owners from new and covered a mere 25,336 miles. A new vehicle order form and subsequent invoice made out to first owner Mr Eric Beaver depicts a purchase price including optional extras of £1,047.74. Upon his passing in 1990 ownership of the car went to his son Colin Beaver who garaged the car unused until the third keeper Mr Martyn Compton purchased it. A substantial MOT history fully documents the exceptionally low mileage with MOT certificates missing only for the years between 1991 and 2003 when the car was off the road and inherited by Mr Beaver Jnr. Mr Compton has enjoyed the car for classic shows and no less than six Snowdonia Tours. It is highly regarded within the Ford community. The original Temple Meads Motors black plastic document wallet contains the service booklet, handbook and even the Endrust guarantee card and ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ rear view mirror hanger! The large history folder further consists of many receipts and invoices throughout the life of the vehicle, including supporting documentation and list of modification undertaken whilst owned by the previous keeper. The car represents a fantastic testament to a true Ford icon with tasteful modifications undertaken sympathetically by an individual aware of how special this car is. Absolutely all components to convert this example back to factory standard have been carefully stored to be retained with the car. HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please click on the link below: https://youtu.be/JRJNNdg2wKM To see a complete set of photographs of this car please click on the link below: https://flic.kr/s/aHskv3qkvY '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: 25336 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
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  • Ford Escort

    £3,695 £3,695

    *SIMILAR QUALITY CARS ALWAYS REQUIRED* SOLD A luxurious Mk3 Ford Escort 1.3 Ghia with just 57,337 miles and full history. EQUIPMENT Laminated windscreen, safety glass all round, louvred design radiator grille, anti-burst locks, body-side protection mouldings, protective bumper inserts, overriders, wide bright mouldings on windows, bright mouldings rear lamps and tailgate, belt line moulding in bright finish, tilting/sliding sunroof, triple body side tape stripe, remote control door mirrors, additional sound insulation, Ghia Badging, Ford RST 21P push button radio, two speed plus variable intermittent wipe, heated rear window, tachometer, trip recorder, solid state multi-function digital clock, four spoke soft feel steering wheel, loadspace carpet, cigar lighter, illuminated interior controls. EXTERIOR This superb top of the range for comfort Mk3 Escort Ghia is finished in Ford Arctic Blue (code 7 1). The stunning paintwork has a bright uniform finish which is a testament to the previous keeper’s devotion for the car. This incredibly well cared for genuine example is structurally excellent. Tiny bodywork imperfections and blemishes are very minimal and certainly take nothing away from the impressive appeal of this beautiful car. The Ghia specification brightwork is remarkably well preserved and virtually undamaged. Even the original pressed metal number plates remain with the car alongside a metal AA grill emblem, a real suggestion of enthusiast ownership! The sunroof is operational but stiff. A once common sight on our roads, this lovely Ford Escort in desirable Ghia form is sure to stir up nostalgia. INTERIOR Finished in factory original ‘Ghia’ spec Durham and Crushed Velour trim in Blue colour scheme (code GK), the seats and condition of the fabrics are fully commensurate with such a low mileage and cherished example. The matching door cards with wood inserts are spotless and the colour keyed cut pile carpets have defied the years remarkably. All switchgear is functional, and the soft finish dashboard is completely free from the all too common cracking issues, almost unheard of! The parcel shelf is intact, straight and complete with the correct cord hangers. Even the factory Ford RST 21P push button radio cassette remains fitted and functional! This wonderfully presented interior is exactly as Ford intended, a real delight for the enthusiast. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION The time proven transverse mounted 1300 OHC engine with single variable-venturi carburettor develops 69bhp, ample to keep in flow with modern traffic. The engine is wonderfully quiet and smooth, owing in no doubt to a lifetime of documented fastidious care and maintenance by the previous keepers including the last owner, a Mechanic by trade. The standard specification automatic choke and electronic ignition are both present and correct, and operate perfectly. The four speed synchromesh gearbox with remote shift is light and exact, a joy to use. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Five pristine 5” x 13” styled road wheels with spotless bright finish wheel centres and rim embellishers are shod in matching 155/80 R13 tyres with masses of tread remaining. The black painted edges to the wheel holes remain correct as per factory build, often lost upon wheel refurbishment. The diagonally split hydraulic circuit servo assisted brakes with ventilated 9.4in front discs and 7.0in rear drums bring the car up to a steady, straight and assured halt. HISTORY FILE Supplied new on 23rd April 1981, this delightful example has enjoyed a lifetime of incredible care and fastidious maintenance with just four keepers in total. The second long term keeper purchased the car in 1984 and kept in for an incredible 26 years, during which time a complete log of the mileage year by year was kept! Not only this, but absolutely every single MOT certificate from the very first to present year has been kept in the history file to fully document the 57,337 miles covered. Furthermore, the original Ford book pack contains all the new car sales leaflets, accessories brochure as well as the original driver’s manuals and radio guides. A huge collection of invoices and receipts for service and maintenance work completes the history file along with two original keys. Even the radio aerial instruction tag with pull up keys attached remains with the car! Now representing a rare car, this truly genuine classic Ford Escort is ready for classic car enjoyment and shows alike. HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please click on the link below: https://youtu.be/IfrAadeAQys To see a complete set of photographs of this car please click on the link below: https://flic.kr/s/aHskubhfSK '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: 57337 mi
    • Engine size: 1.3
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  • Ford Escort

    £35,995 £35,995

    *SIMILAR CLASSIC CARS ALWAYS REQUIRED* SOLD Thinking of selling? Our proven commission sale or SOR (Sale or Return) program is a great way to utilise and access our professional services and facilities while still maximising the return from your vehicle with minimal hassle, stress and time, If you’d like to take advantage of this then please get in touch for further information. Alternatively If you’d like to move your vehicle on quickly and efficiently with minimal delay then we can make an offer on an outright purchase basis with payment and collection arranged soon after. A genuine, very rare AVO Mk1 Ford Escort RS2000 with press vehicle provenance. 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, black painted aluminium grille, six pod sports binnacle, heater fan, two speed wiper, courtesy light, cigar lighter, Kienzle clock, heated rear window. Factory fitted options; RS centre console, Ford MW/LW radio, driver/passenger seat headrests. Dealer Special Build Programme; Varnished wood trim panels. Aftermarket; Remote central locking. EXTERIOR Finished in classic vibrant RS Sebring Red, (Code N) this genuine RS2000 is truly outstanding with an incredible polished glossy finish throughout. Amazing detailing throughout extending to the engine bay and underside will please the most critical of owners and onlookers. Excellent panel gaps with easy closing doors affirm just how straight this example is. AVO workmanship is laid bare for all to see with all correct body shell anomalies from a standard Escort visible upon inspection. Period functioning quad Cibie spot lamps are fitted and the headlamps remain the original Cibie items. The chrome, rubbers, and badges are in immaculate order with the distinctive wide decals adding the perfect RS look as delivered by the Ford RS Dealer in 1974. A very special classic Ford and an all time hero. INTERIOR Largely true to a standard Ford RS2000 interior with incredible attention to detail. The brushed nylon RS sports seats with optional headrests match a very clean unworn loop pile carpet throughout and unmarked door cards. The rare Kienzle clock housed within the optional RS centre console is functioning and joins the varnished wood dealer fit trim which is in fair order. All the other sports instrumentation providing at a glance concise information and the soft dash top is perfectly replaced. A quality remote central locking and alarm system has been installed in place of the conventional door locks. The boot area continues the showroom experience with detailed presentation and an impossible to source genuine boot mat. One for the RS connoisseur wanting to enjoy this motoring legend. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION A wonderfully clean engine bay will please those enjoying the show scene with correct metal identification plates still attached to the slam panel. The original blue pan air filter remains fitted but the extension tube is missing. The 2.0 Ford ‘Pinto’ unit offers ample performance thanks to a downdraught compound twin-choke Weber carburettor and a free-flow exhaust manifold, so 100bhp and 0-60mph in 9.0 seconds with a top speed of 108mph is possible. The single selector rail shift four speed synchromesh gearbox offers snappy gear changes and has recently been replaced but is a little noisy in the first three ratios when cold. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES The RS Ronal alloy wheels are the original factory fitment with Ford stampings and part numbers visible. Shod in matching Fulda 175/70 R13 rubber, all tyres have masses of tread remaining. The direct acting vacuum servo assistance dual-line braking system works effectively. HISTORY FILE Built at Fords Advanced Vehicle Operations factory in Aveley in May 1974 this matching numbers vehicle is one of 3,759 genuine AVO RS2000’s built for the UK market and is known to the AVO Owners Club Register. Incredibly the car has had just two former keepers and was used as a press feature car when new. A Motor Show publication included in the history file from October 1974 includes a full feature on this exact car! Further features of the history file includes an impossible to source and ultra rare Escort RS2000 and Mexico original owners handbook. Furthermore, a collection of previous MOT certificates and invoices is accompanied by an independent report by renowned valuation experts, Julian Shoolheifer Limited, carried out on 28th October 2014. KGF Classic Cars have taken the car to respected Mr Harvey Gibbs of classic Ford specialists, Supreme Car Services, for a full service and inspection including cambelt kit and replacement gearbox. MOT December 2016, HPI Clear, Tax Exempt. To see a video of this car please click on the link below: https://youtu.be/mQr5yxJBaNw To see a complete set of photographs of this car please click on the link below: https://flic.kr/s/aHskqqncCW '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: 96833 mi
    • Engine size: 2
    For sale
  • Ford Escort

    £24,995 £24,995

    FOR SALE An exceptional Ford Escort Mk2 RS2000 Custom in show condition. EQUIPMENT Polyurethane front end incorporating four Cibie quartz halogen headlamps, front air dam, rubberised tail spoiler, twin bodyside coachline, RS2000 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. RS Custom features; Recaro front seats with fishnet headrests, centre console, glovebox, quartz clock, remote control drivers door mirror, bronze tinted glass, full trimmed door cards, cut pile carpeting, vanity mirror, alloy road wheels. EXTERIOR This beautiful RS2000 Custom example is finished in very rare Terracotta, (Code D). The vehicle boasts an amazing deep show shine with a mirror gloss finish that will really impress onlookers. All trim sections, RS decals and badges remain intact and in excellent order. The original Custom Bronze tinted glass remains in place with number plate etching and a small chip to the front screen. The rubbers and door seals are soft and black. Three minor markings need to be pointed out to the perfection seeking buyer who will marvel in the detailed underside laid bare to reveal the quality workmanship. A champion example. INTERIOR The original Custom interior in Chocolate fabric trim (code A8) has remained in excellent order and features the correct black Custom cabin fitments. The superb Beta plus fabric seat facings are largely unworn aside from some light creasing to the fabric on the driver’s side and the correct fishnet headrests are perfect. The undamaged fascia and dash top houses fully functional gauges and equipment and the original leather bound three spoke steering wheel remains fitted showing markings to the Ford emblem. The quartz clock is operational as is the heater fan on both settings. The carpets and door cards are in excellent condition and a pristine boot area has the carpet covering with tools in the hessian bag. Period speakers have been fitted to the front doors. A remarkable, preserved RS interior. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION The original 1993cc SOHC engine has avoided the hugely common modification trend and is factory standard with amazing attention to detail. All engine ancillaries, brackets, nuts and bolts have been refurbished. Performance figures of 108.2mph top speed and 0-60 in just 8.5 seconds are more than respectable even for modern standards. The standard four speed synchromesh gearbox remains exactly as Ford intended, light and precise. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Genuine RS four spoke 6J x 13in alloy wheels as fitted from new to the Custom specification cars are in excellent order with matching branded 185/60 R13 tyres including the spare. Vacuum servo assisted front disc brakes with rear drums brakes offer fair braking but fall short of modern standards. HISTORY FILE Supplied new by Ford Main Dealers, Kirbys Wrexham Ltd on the 23rd April 1980 this Mk2 RS2000 has had just six former keepers. Supplied with the original Ford service book and a collection of MOT certificates. Being sold by an avid Ford collector who eventually embarked on creating his perfect RS2000 having viewed many substandard examples and admitting finding the right car was virtually impossible. Now only made available due to the recent acquisition of a very low mileage Broadstripe. A unique opportunity. MOT Jan 2017, HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please click on the link below: https://youtu.be/oI5PaVuqtJA To see a full set of photographs of this car please click on the link below: https://flic.kr/s/aHskpZeZNr '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: 1980
    • Mileage: 30406 mi
    • Engine size: 2
    For sale
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