Take a look back at the Ford Escort

Ford is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Escort. No, we’re not talking about the North American market version that arrived in 1981. The real Escort arrived way back in 1968. Ok, the name was stuck on a version of the Anglia back in the 50’s but the Mk I Escort as we know it turned 50 this year.

This is a car that was a success as a standard road car. But it’s the racing version that captured our hearts and minds. The Mk II version of the car was a dominant vehicle on the world rally stages. Ari Vatanen, in particular, drove the wheels off one in the early 1980s.

While it remains a delightful bit of classic forbidden fruit in the US, the Escort is a true rally racing icon. Click play, raise a glass, and give cheers to the original Ford Escort.

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5 responses to “Take a look back at the Ford Escort”

  1. outback_ute Avatar

    Hmm, my Escort is still sitting in the shed, haven’t got to it yet. Or worked out what to do with it either. I’d like to put in the 2.5 5-cyl (previous ST/RS, Volvo) and some type of IRS, and go for a type of flare other than the ubiquitous ‘bubble arches’ as seen above. But that would be a lot more difficult and expensive than a 4-cyl and using readily available parts, so not likely to happen.

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      Pictures please

      1. outback_ute Avatar

        Don’t have any I can easily get other than this – its the blue car. Genuine little old lady car, 45k miles, smash in the front end. Been sitting in the shed for probably 10 years but have to move it soon, so going for bodywork will be an option as a temporary home… The green/white car is a ‘spare’ Hillman Imp body shell.


  2. outback_ute Avatar

    Fantastic, but the RS1600 and Mexico are two different models. One with a Cosworth BDA engine, the Mexico a pushrod.