1969 Ford Escort17,000-23,000 GBP - Estimate

Ford Escort Mk. I (1600)

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The Mk. I Ford Escort was introduced in Ireland and the UK at the end of 1967 and made its show debut at the Brussels Motor Show in January 1968. It replaced the successful, long running Ford Anglia. The front suspension and steering gear were differently configured and the brakes were fitted with dual hydraulic circuits; also the wheels fitted on the Genk-built Escorts had wider rims. These models were hailed as an immediate success both domestically on the roads and for motor sport, particularly rallying/rallycross and hill climbing. A higher performance version of this iconic car was produced for rallies and a racing version was available, the Escort Twin-Cam, which were built for Group 2 international rallying. It had an engine with a Lotus-made eight-valve twin camshaft head fitted to the 1.5 litre non-crossflow block, which had a bigger bore than usual to give a capacity of 1,558cc. This engine had originally been developed for the Lotus Elan which had already proven itself in the market place, on the road and on the track. The Mk. I Escorts were incredibly successful and they eventually went on to become one of the most successful rally cars of all time. Only 883 of these rare sports cars were made.
This fabulous Ford Escort was painstakingly built as a replica of the famous Mk. I Twin-Cam, thus resulting in the glorious white example we have here. Fitted with a Vulcan engineering built 1600 crossflow engine fed by twin 40ĺ Weber carburettors and mated to a highly sought after Tran-X straight cut gearbox, bucket seats, an all original shell and panels including flared Mexico arches, bucket seats and uprated wildwood brakes, this example takes on a familiar guise as the infamous Twin-Cam rallying legend we know so well. The bodywork is in very good condition having been professionally stripped, treated, and resprayed and the paintwork is in excellent order showing very few blemishes throughout. Reported to run very well indeed, the engine sounds fantastic when on song. Offered with a sizeable history file with many invoices and photographs detailing the restoration, many previous MoT test certificates, various sundry invoices and the current V5 registration document. A fabulous tribute to the infamous Twin-Cam model, this wonderful car is ready to be enjoyed by a new owner.


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Reference Number 647369

as of 4/14/2021

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Lot 101625

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Overview
Car 1969 Ford Escort
VIN BB44JB10785 
Registration XGU 384G 
Mileage 68,794 miles 
Configuration Right Hand Drive (RHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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