Lot 145 - 1969 Ford Escort Mk I Rally Car
|Estimate||£18,000 - £22,000|
|Result||Sold - £21,000|
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. The Escort 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. The Mk. I featured contemporary styling cues in tune with its time; a subtle Detroit-inspired 'Coke bottle' waistline and the 'dogbone' shaped front grill - arguably the car's most famous stylistic feature.
This outstanding Ford Escort has been owned by the vendor for the last 15 years and the car has benefitted from substantial investment under his stewardship. The specification is comprehensive and is confirmed by a substantial history file. The engine is a Pinto block, mated to a 'Warrior' 16 valve cylinder head. The gearbox is a five-speed sequential change unit and the rear axle is a limited-slip unit, overhauled in 2011. The shell is a Gartrac body and meets Motor Sport Association standards, safely housing the two-Litre engine which was reconditioned in 2012 by Connaught Competition Engines at a cost of £3,897.60. Subsequently the car has been Dyno tested and confirmed to produce 291bhp. To be expected, the interior has a rollcage, Corbeau racing seats and harnesses together with the necessary instrumentation for competition use. Supplied with a V5 registration document, full year's MoT test certificate and MSA Competition Car Log Book (issued 9th April 2002), this is a superb example and any interested parties would be advised to view the vehicle carefully to fully appreciate the specification and quality of this example.
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