Lot 214 - 1971 12918 Escort Mk. I Mexico (Status Quo tribute)
|Odometer reading||41,161 miles|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £13,000|
|Result||Sold - £9,240|
The Ford Escort was introduced in the United Kingdom at the end of 1967, making its show debut at the Brussels Motor Show in January 1968. It was a commercial success in many parts of Western Europe but nowhere more than in the UK where it was the national best seller of the 1960's. In June 1974, less than six years after the car's UK introduction, Ford announced the completion of the two millionth Ford Escort; a milestone unmatched by any Ford model outside the USA. Ray Vale was a driver in the 70's appearing on circuits in the South East regularly. He was friends with John Coghlan of Status Quo and John sponsored the original car. The Escort that Ray drove did well and much information is available pertaining to his glory days.
Ray's son, Dean Vale, decided to build an Escort as a tribute to his father's original car and success. After locating a suitable Mexico, Dean set about rebuilding the car to a magnificent standard, the quality of which has to be viewed to be appreciated. To be expected, fabrication work was required to the body and this was also an opportunity to fit the modified wheel arches. The interior has also been modified with aluminium door panels, Corbeau GT8 seats and period Britax Racing harnesses and roll-cage. Mechanically, the Escort has received huge investment with the Kent engine upgraded to 1700cc, big valve cylinder head, Cosworth flat top pistons, dry sump and twin Weber 45 DCOE carburettors all being mated to a Type 9 five-speed gearbox. Brakes, suspension and rear axle have all been suitably up-rated in keeping with the rest of the mechanical enhancements. Finished in black with the original livery, the Escort roof has been signed by all four of the original members of Status Quo. A very comprehensive disc is available with photographs of the extensive rebuild, the band members next to the car and older photographs of Ray Vale racing the original Escort. This is a Ford Escort Mexico with a difference.
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