Lot 329 - 1971 Ford Escort Mexico

Lot 329 - 1971 Ford Escort Mexico

Lot 329 - 1971 Ford Escort Mexico

Lot Number 329
Registration PNO 4K
Chassis Number BFATLL01441
Engine Number TE00177
Odometer reading 41,400 miles
Result Sold - £16,000

The Ford works team was practically unbeatable in the late 1960's and early 1970's, and arguably the Escort's greatest victory was in the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally being driven by Finnish legend Hannu Mikkola. This gave rise to the Escort Mexico special edition road versions in honour of the rally car.

The Mexico offered has undergone many works to bring it to the condition and specification you see today. An extensive restoration was completed in 2007 and was built as a Status Quo tribute car by the son of Ray Vale, a very well known hot rod racer from the 70's.  The bodywork was restored using fibreglass arches and bonnet with the addition of a Ford RS 3.1 rear spoiler, alloy custom made front spoiler and remote opening doors; all carried out to a high standard. Mechanically, the engine is a rebuilt 1700 crossflow unit, which includes; a 711M block, dry sump system, Cosworth flat top pistons, stainless steel V6 valves, Isky double valve springs and a Kent 244 camshaft. A 1300 chambered full race big valve cylinder head by Vulcan is fed by twin Weber 45 carburettors and exhausted via an Ashley 4-2-1 full system. Drive is via a Quaife straight cut type 9, five speed gearbox with a single piece RS propshaft to the Quaife 4:1, ATB LSD English rear axle. At the front, the handling is supplied by Gaz coil-overs with eccentric top mounts, a double width anti-roll bar, strut brace, and poly bushes. To the rear an anti-roll bar, Spax adjustable shock absorbers, 2 inch de-cambered single leaf springs, two inch lowering blocks and poly bushes. Braking is by four-pot calipers with vented discs at the front and standard drums to the rear. The Mexico sits upon Revolution four spoke alloy wheels shod with 215/50/13 Kumho tyres. The interior is completed with a full roll over bar, Corbeau GT8 period bucket seats with rare genuine Britax harnesses, original Beta cloth rear seats, a stainless steel fire extinguisher and alloy door cards.

Recently, re-commissioning works have been carried out that included a milder 224 fast road camshaft (the original 244 rally cam is included) and a full service. We are informed that the Mexico is more drivable now giving a power band from 1000 to 6000rpm instead of it all happening after 3000rpm. The vendor also informs us that the car is registered as an Mk I Ford Mexico with BFAT included as part of the chassis number on the log book and has a clear title; however, it is believed that the car may have been re-shelled and may not be the original Type 49 shell, but it is strengthened and gusseted. 

This Ford Mexico, with its interesting specification and history is offered and ready to excite a new owner immediately.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each Lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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