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Lot 219: 1972 Ford Escort Twin Cam Specification Rally Car

Sports, Touring, Historic Road and Racing Cars, Coys (30 April 2006)

The Mark 1 Lotus Escort came into existence in the mid- to late-1960's. No one can ever dispute the immediate success in the rallying of this car, but it also had a very successful track career. This car was built in 1972 by Roger Freeman to Lotus Escort specifications, and was retrieved by the current owner in 1998 after being stored for a considerable period of time. This car was completely rebuilt about 7 years ago with the intention of shipping it to the United States to race in the Portland Historic races. On testing, it was found to be a really enjoyable car to drive, and any plans to ship it to the US were then shelved and it was used as a track day car. However, the car was discovered to be a competitive vehicle to use in club racing. Although some of the classes it has raced in have had the latest type vehicles, it has still given a very good account of itself and is still the most fun-filled car to drive. It also holds the lap record for its class at Brands Hatch in the CTRCC Classic Thunder series. The current specifications of the Lotus 1650cc twin cam engine, recently built by CTM Engineering of Essex (spec sheet included), include new forged pistons, full race camshafts and dry sumped. It has a large alloy dry sump tank, aluminium radiator. Ignition is electronic with rev limiter to keep it all under control although this is easily converted back to points in a matter of minutes. A twelve gallon aluminium fuel tank feeds the twin Weber 45 DCOE carburetors via a Facet red top fuel pump. The exhaust is a bespoke large bore racing system. The power is transmitted to the road through a Type 9 five speed gearbox with Quaife cross cut close ration gears connected by a seven and a quarter inch racing clutch. The rear axle has an LSD unit.Keeping the car at the right angle to the track are, at the front, Bilstien fully adjustable coil over dampers attached to a World cup cross member by adjustable track control arms. The rear axle is held in place on a five-link system, again with adjustable coilover dampers.It also has Group 4 front hubs and bearing plus a quick rack steering to point the car in the right direction with fully adjustable front suspension. Stopping the car is taken care by disc brakes both front and rear with racing brake pads. The Brakes are fully adjustable for front and rear bias via a control knob by the steering wheel. Safety comes courtesy of a full roll cage and fully plumbed in fire extinguisher system that is up to current MSA specification for circuit racing. The wheels are original 7" x 13" and the tyres are Falken Road Race.The body shell has been completely stripped and shot blasted, all corroded sections professionally replaced and strengthened to full race specifications. It is painted white with red stripes as per original Willment racing colours. This a fabulous opportunity to purchase an excellent example of one of the most popular and successful cars ever to hit the rally scene and has made a refreshing and much admired addition to any race meeting it has been taken to in recent years.

Lot Details
Auction Sports, Touring, Historic Road and Racing Cars
Coys, Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit
Lot Number219
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£12645
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
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Registration numberJOT 29L
Chassis numberRF1
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