Lot 266 - 1971 Ford Escort Mk. I

Lot 266 - 1971 Ford Escort Mk. I

Lot 266 - 1971 Ford Escort Mk. I

Lot Number 266
Registration FRE 58K
Chassis Number BFATLJ02429
Engine Number LM37352
Odometer reading 3,470 miles
Estimate £19,000 - £23,000

The Mk. I Ford Escort was introduced in the UK at the end of 1967, making its show debut at the Brussels Motor Show in January 1968 and replacing the successful long running Ford Anglia. The Escort was a commercial success in several parts of western Europe but nowhere more than in the UK where the national best seller of the 1960s, BMC's Austin/Morris 1100 was beginning to show its age while Ford's own Cortina had grown, both in dimensions and in price, beyond the market niche at which it had originally been pitched. In June 1974, six years into the car's UK introduction, Ford announced the completion of the two millionth Ford Escort, a milestone hitherto unmatched by any Ford model outside the US. It was also stated that 60% of the two million Escorts had been built in Britain.

This late Escort Mk. I presents extremely well in pale blue with a contrasting blue interior. The vendor believes that at some point this Escort has had a bodyshell replacement. If so, the work appears to have been done to a high standard with the paintwork and chromework in good order. We are also informed that this six-dial dashboard example drives well. The V5C registration document for this late model Mk. I shows the correct chassis number for the car but indicates that the car is a Mexico model. Any potential buyer is advised to investigate this further. This MoT exempt Escort is the perfect opportunity for a drive down memory lane.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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