Lot 243 - 1970 Ford Escort Lotus Twin Cam

Lot 243 - 1970 Ford Escort Lotus Twin Cam

Lot 243 - 1970 Ford Escort Lotus Twin Cam

Lot Number 243
Registration BLN315H
Chassis Number BB49JG10472
Engine Number JG10472
Odometer reading 68,551 miles
Result Sold - £26,320

From the start of the Escort range Ford had intended to produce sporting versions of its new model; the first of this special breed of Escort was the Lotus engined Twin Cam. The Twin Cam used the same 1558cc engine as the Lotus Cortina. This meant 110bhp and a top speed of 115mph. Externally there was little difference between the Escort Twin Cam and its tamer sister, the Escort GT. A reinforced bodyshell with wider wheel arches and quarter bumpers hid the uprated suspension and front disc brakes were standard equipment. The  Escort Twin Cam was conceived and developed by Ford's Boreham based competitions department during 1967 and unleashed on an unsuspecting public during January 1968; going on to achieve many international race and rally victories during its short production life. Ford entered their first event with the Escort, taking part in the new formula of motorsport, Rallycross and also entering at an event at Croft (still used today), the Escort Twin Cam won 4 races out right. The Ford works team was practically unbeatable in the late 1960's and 1970's with, arguably, the Escort's greatest victory in the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally. In total, just over 1,200 Escort Twin Cams were built before production ended in 1970 to make way for the RS1600.

This Twin Cam version is in exceptional condition. Originally registered on 4th February 1970, it is finished in the traditional colour combination of Ermine white with black trim. Very unusually for these cars, this example was purchased for road use, borne out of the fact that a full length sunroof was fitted by Fords at time of production, and has never been raced or rallied as so many of these examples have. Clearly the first owner purchased it to enjoy it for what it is, a splendid car to use on the road; today however, wherever this car appears, it attracts admirers. The vendor, an enthusiastic collector, has recently had the interior re-trimmed and has been the proud custodian of this car for the last five years. A Ford AVO certificate is available dated 1989 confirming the car is known to them, and the vehicle is also supplied with a V5 registration document and a full year's MoT test certificate. Genuine Ford Escort Mk. I Twin Cams do not come to the market frequently; examples a good as this are even rarer. Offered at no reserve but with recent examples not as good as this achieving over £30,000, interest should be strong!

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