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Lot 137: Ford Escort 1100

Classic & Sports Cars, Barons (28 April 2009)

Ford owned the rights to the Escort name for many years: it first popped up on an estate version of its100E Popular. However, to most car buffs in most of the world, the Ford Escort story begins in 1968 with the release of Ford of Britain's replacement for the 105E Anglia. The new car was initially thought to be too conventional and not advanced enough for production in Germany, but the management of Ford of Europe persisted and dual production was set up. The car quickly topped the sales and production charts. With 2.2 million built between 1968 and 1975 and 18 million to date, the Escort was a huge success. In Britain, it overtook the BMC 1100/1300 series as the second top-selling car in 1972. Ford soon became Britain's number one manufacturer and the only one to show a profit in 1975. The success of the Escort owes much to success of the model in rallying. Ford had learned from the Cortina Lotus and Formula Ford that racing success on Sunday was converted into sales on Monday. W hen the Escort was launched, Ford prepared a rallying version, which was later marketed as the Escort Mexico, commemorating the car's victory in the London to Mexico Rally of 1970. Needless to say that the Escort ruled the forest tracks for a number of years. Names like Ari Vatanen, Hannnu Mikola, Roger Clarke and many others were made in ford Escorts. Mint examples of the RS2000 and MKI Mexico now fetch over 15000, while genuine RS1800 Rally Cars, with BDA engines, achieve huge figures. These high values have trickled down to the lesser models and it is not uncommon to see these make over 10000, While those of us who hankered after XX120's and Ferrari Superfast exotica don't understand this trend, there a large number of collectors for whom, these were aspirational motor cars, These were the D-Types, MKII Jaguars and GT40's of the 1970's. Offered here is a 38 year-old, 1100cc Escort, 4 door saloon, which has been in the hands on one owner and covered just 17000 miles (at the time of writing), from new. Finished in Tawny Bronze with black interior, the car is offered complete with original Bill of Sale, service booklet and handbooks. The history file also contains a large number of previous MoT certificates and bills for service and repairs. The vendor states that the car has never seen a welder and that the interior is in immaculate, original condition.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Sports Cars
Lot Number137
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Registration numberKLO963K
Chassis numberBBAF1140091
Engine number1140091
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