Lot 178 - 1978 Ford Escort Mk II Rally Car
|Estimate||£24,000 - £28,000|
|Result||Sold - £23,520|
The squarer-styled Escort Mk. II appeared in January 1975 with the first production models having rolled off the production lines on 2nd December 1974. Unlike the first Escort (which was developed by Ford of Britain), the second generation was developed jointly between the UK and Ford of Germany. Codenamed 'Brenda' during its development, it had the same mechanical configuration as its predecessor; the estate and van versions even used the same panel-work as the Mk. I but with the Mk. II front end and interior. The car used a revised underbody which had, in fact, been introduced as a running change during the last six months of the life of the Mk. I. The car was a success with just four body styles competing in a variation of market niches where rival manufacturers had multiple models. The 'L' and 'GL' models were mainly purchased by the private sector; the 'Sport', 'RS Mexico' and 'RS2000' in the performance market; the 'Ghia' for an untapped small car luxury sector and 'base' models for the fleet market. The Escort continued to prove hugely popular with buyers in Britain during the second half of the 1970s, but production slowed and after an incredibly popular model run, ended in Britain in August 1980 with other countries following soon after.
Originally registered on 3rd January 1978 as an Escort Mexico, this Mk. II Escort has been heavily modified with substantial time and finances invested by the vendor throughout his 18-year ownership. The engine is a Cosworth steel block mated to a Warrior 16 valve cylinder head; the gearbox, a five-speed sequential change unit and the rear axle with limited slip differential makes this a very competitive rally car. Mechanical work on the engine has been carried out by Connaught, who specialise in competition engines and, in line with this, the interior is fitted with a roll-cage and Corbeau racing seats together with the correct instrumentations for competition use. Fuel injection has also been fitted to this outstanding vehicle with the car being Dyno tested at 293bhp. The fastidious owner has enjoyed the use of XAT 50S immensely and any interested parties are advised to view the vehicle to fully appreciate the specification and quality of this competition Escort. Supplied with a V5 registration document, together with a full year's MoT test certificate and RAC 'Competition Car Log Book' (issued 28th August 1996).
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