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Drive down Arisdale Avenue in Aveley, Essex today, and all you’ll find is an empty factory. Once the Mecca for all Ford enthusiasts, from 1970 to 1975 it housedFord’s Advanced Vehicle Operation. The first Escort RS models – RS1600, RS2000 and Mexico – were all built at the famous AVO plant.

To keep his motorsport departments happy, Ford’s Walter Hayes needed somewhere to build special,…

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Ford Cortina MK1/MK2

Fast Facts

  • Produced:
    Mk.1 – 1963-1966
    Mk.2 – 1966-1970
  • Engine:
    Mk.1 1498cc S4 OHV 71bhp @5000 /Mk.2; 1599cc S4 OHV 68bhp @5200 rpm
  • 0-60 mph:
    19 secs/15.5 secs
  • Top Speed:
    80 mph/87 mph
  • MPG:
    24 mpg/26 mpg

At one time having the dubious distinctionof being Britain’s most stolen car, the Cortina Estate bought new standards of handling and road holding to the midsector market. Initially badged as “Consul-Cortina” from 1963-1964, it was facelifted for 1964, losing its prefix and gaining a new grille and the famous Aeroflow ventilation. The crisp-cut Mk.2 version was launched in 1966 and continued with the 1500 engine until 1968 when it was replaced with the superior 1.6 ‘Kent’ unit. Probably the most stylish Mk1 Estate is the 1963-64 ‘Super’ with its external ‘Dy-Nok’ fake wood paneling (!) whilst the most desirable Mk2 Estate is the special order 1600 GT although sadly Ford never made a 1600E Estate. A column change was available from 1963-65 and throughout the Mk.2 run but is rarely seen in the UK. Good honest practical workhorses, so cheap to buy and run still.

Ford Escort MK1

Ford Escort MK1

RATING:

8 / 10

PRICE: £1000-£20,000

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Fast Facts

  • Produced:
    1968-74
  • Bodywork:
    Two or four-door saloon three-door estate van
  • Engine:
    Overhead valve in-line four-cylinder 1098cc 45-48bhp 1298cc 52-57bhp 1300GT/1300E 1298cc 64-72bhp
    Mexico 1599cc 86bhp Twin Cam 1558cc 109.5bhp
    RS1600 Twin cam 16 valve 1601cc 115-120bhp
    RS2000 overhead camshaft ‘Pinto’ in-line four-cylinder
    1993cc 100bhp
  • 0-60 mph:
    8.5-20 sec
  • Top Speed:
    78-110+ mph
  • MPG:
    22-40

PAST: Anglia replacement with choice of 1100 or 1300 power and three trim levels. Sporty 1300GT for ’68 along with Lotus-powered flagship Twin Cam. Four-door range for ’69 while iconic 16-valve, 120bhp RS1600 and Cortina GT-powered Mexico join line up in ‘70, both hand built at Ford’s AVO off-shoot. 1300 Sport; a GT in De Luxe form aimed at club sports. In contrast plush GT-based 1300E introduced in March 1973, followed that summer by RS2000; bridging the gap between Mexico and RS1600.

PRESENT: A delightful small car that’s super easy to run. Ordinary models are light and peppy but the sporting ones hold most sway, especially Mexico and RS, although Sport and GT are okay. Estates are highly practical.

FUTURE: Mexicos and RS versions already making strong money so now watch for fakes. Lesser Escorts only worth something if strictly standard but good spares and club support make them easy to upgrade.

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