Lot 166 - 1969 Ford Escort Mk. I
|Odometer reading||16,731 miles|
|Estimate||£28,000 - £34,000|
|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 Escort Mk. I has been fully rebuilt by the vendor over a ten year period. The bodywork has been stripped down to bear metal, any corroded areas cut-out and re-fabricated as necessary; the car has been fully seam welded. Wheel arches have been added to accommodate the Group 4 wheels and tyres. The front suspension has Bilstein fully adjustable struts and a quick-rack has been fitted along with four pot calipers and vented discs. The rear suspension has fully adjustable gas shock absorbers, Atlas axle with alloy brace and a limited slip 3.75 ratio differential. This is all powered by a Cosworth double overhead camshaft 16 valve, 250bhp turbo unit which is mated to a Cosworth TS gearbox. Internally, she has been fitted with a FIA bolt-in roll cage, vertical hydraulic handbrake, FIA plumbed in fire extinguisher and an alloy fuel tank in the boot. This is an impressive fast-road specification Escort and one that has had no expense spared in achieving the final result. The vendor is reluctantly selling her to fund a building project. This imposing Ford, which is exceedingly impressive in the way she looks, sounds fabulous and drives just as well.
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.