Picture the mid sixties. War ravaged plucky but Merry 'ole England ruled the world. As the sceptered isle, it beat to the drum of the empire where the sun never sets.
The Ford Escort is a small family car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company's European division between and The Escort name was also applied to several different designs in North America over the years. The first use of the Escort name was for a reduced specification version of the Ford Squire, a s estate car version of the Ford Anglia E, though this did not sell very well by comparison to the other members of the E family.
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JUST a decade and a half ago, basic transportation too often came in the form of an econobox, those cramped, noisy, underpowered automotive appliances that got from Point A to Point B, and usually made the trip seem longer than it was. And, it is fair to say, Detroit's subcompacts of that era -- remember the Chevy Chevette and the Dodge Omni? Much has changed in the small-car market. Within the last two and a half years, the Big Three have introduced attractive, well-equipped contenders that are seriously competitive with foreign nameplates.
It was designed to qualify as a Group A car for the World Rally Championship, in which it competed between and It was available as a road car from —96 in very limited numbers. The smaller turbo cars were not F.
Original matching numbers cc Pinto professionally rebuilt Superbly finished in Diamond White. In the Ford Twin Cam engine was replaced by a Cosworth BDA valve unit to create the definitive Escort rally car - the RS - though the engine was, in fact, homologated at 1,cc to enable future enlargement up to the 2-litre class capacity limit. The first full 2.
It was designed to qualify as a Group A car for the World Rally Championshipin which it competed between and It was available as a road car from — in very limited numbers. The first cars made before 1 January are in fact "Homologation special versions.
Initially the continental Escorts differed slightly from the UK built ones under the skin. The front suspension and steering gear were differently configured and the brakes were fitted with divided hydraulic circuits; also the wheels fitted on the Genk-built Escorts had wider rims. There was a GT performance version, with a tuned 1.
A larger engine which displaced at 2 litres enables a smaller performance gap between it and Neon or Saturn. Moreover, the restyled appearance restores some lost ground to these 2 main rivals. This Escort has no relationship with European Ford's Escort, although both philosophy are similar : practical, cheap to buy and run, reliable. This means both Escort are not exciting enough to please enthusiastic drivers.