Lot 242 - 1973 Ford Escort Mexico
|Odometer reading||92,075 miles|
|Estimate||£20,000 - £24,000|
|Result||Sold - £23,520|
We are delighted to offer this fabulous and genuine Ford Escort Mexico. The Mk. I Escorts became one of the most successful rally cars of the late 1960s and 1970s with arguably their greatest victory being in the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally. The Mexico, with its 1.6 crossflow Kent engine was a special edition road car born in honour of this victory.
Since an extensive photographic rebuild some years ago the Mexico has had little use until recently whereby it has undergone a re-commission. The genuine type 49 shell is in excellent order and still boasts its original, Ford fitment, rear boot floor studs that would enable a skid guard to be fitted if you were to go rallying. A large history file shows thousands spent including an older engine rebuild by Burton Engineering who are the leading Ford performance specialists. Forged pistons, a 244 camshaft, race cylinder head and lightened flywheel make the car very lively; a rolling road dyno plot in 2010 records the power as being 168.5 bhp at the flywheel and 136.2 bhp at the wheels with 158.3 lb ft, making this a very flexible Escort indeed as was demonstrated by a recent road test. The car today looks very handsome with its smart clean lines and complimented by the very smart interior. A set of period 'Contour' seats, including head rests provide comfort for the front seat occupants.
The large history file also contains past MoT test certificates, invoices and a DVLA list of previous owners back to the early 1980s. Correspondence and membership of the Ford AVO Owners Club are also recorded and show this car as having a club register number of 774. A V5 UK registration document records the car as a 1973 Ford Escort Mexico with Historic Vehicle taxation class. A current MoT test certificate, valid until July 2015 and a recent service, complete the package.
This motor car represents an opportunity to acquire a genuine Mk. I Escort Mexico at a reasonable estimate especially given that demand is high for good genuine examples and in turn prices are climbing quickly.