Lot 220 - 1973 Ford Escort 1600 Mexico Mk. I
|Chassis Number||BFATMY 00235|
|Engine Number||MY 00235|
|Estimate||£18,000 - £22,000|
|Result||Sold - £19,040|
There was, in the early days of the Ford Escort, a higher performance version for rallies and racing. The Mk. I Escorts became very successful as a rally car and eventually went on to become one of the most successful rally cars of all time. The Ford works team was practically unbeatable in the late 1960's and early 1970's; 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 famous Escort Mexico special edition road versions in honour of the rally car. The Mexico was built at Ford's Advanced Vehicle Operations (AVO) facility located at the Aveley Plant in South Essex. As well as higher performance engines and sports suspension, these models featured strengthened bodyshells, making them an ideal model for rallying. Even today, Mk. I Escorts are still popular in the amateur rally scene.
Having been in storage since 1992 until last year, this genuine Escort Mexico has just completed a total restoration and during our inspection, the engine was in the final stages of being rebuilt by Ford performance specialist Phil Hampton Motors in Eastbourne. We are able to confirm the bodywork has been completed to a very good standard with the car finished in its original colour of Le Mans green. A comprehensive history file accompanies the car, together with a V5 registration document and a full year's MoT test certificate. The vendor has ensured this Mk. I Escort is completed to the highest standard and, after seeing the quality of work carried out, we have no reason to doubt this. Desirable classic Fords are in high demand; this Escort Mexico is now completely ready for someone to step into and enjoy.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.