Ford Escort MK1 Outlaw 1968 Model

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Ford Escort MK1 Outlaw 1968 Model

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The first use of the Ford Escort name was for a reduced specification version of the Ford Squire, a 1950s estate car version of the British Ford Anglia 100E.

The Mark I Ford Escort was introduced in Ireland and the United Kingdom at the end of 1967, making its show debut at the Brussels Motor Show in January 1968.It replaced the successful, long-running Anglia.

Though Ford didn’t invent the performance small car movement, it did a brilliant job of exploiting it. And with the Escort it possibly introduced more hot shoes to club motor sport than can ever be quantified.

In early 1968 the Henry Taylor-run completion department at Boreham decided to do an exercise in hot-rodding. Would the Lotus Cortina Mk2’s mechanicals fit into the smaller Escort’s ’shell? They would, and did. At a stroke, the performance Escort was born.

Everything was figured out on the fly, the initial ‘hot’ Escort being a masterwork of improvisation and ingenuity. One that would have some far-reaching consequences for generations of race and rally drivers, tuning houses, traffic light Grand Prix legends and purveyors of sticky-backed go-faster agenda.

There was room under the bonnet for even more exotic power plants but Ford itself never bothered offering a performance-orientated ‘catalog’ model to rival the Mini Cooper. It didn’t need to; it had the Lotus Cortina.

The choice of Escort Mk1s may be bewildering, but that’s because there really is something for everyone. From unfeasible cheap load carrier to tyre-smoking sports-car, there’s a version for every occasion. Even better is the fact that tuning and upgrading the cars is fairly simple, with dozens of suppliers able to sell you bits to modify any of the mechanical s. 

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The current owner has owned the car for past 14 years and have spent approximately 4 years restoring it to a UK RS Retro modified version, as featured in the Classic Ford magazine few years back.

Welcome to the sale of this beautifully Ford Escort MK1.The car has under gone a full restoration with endless new parts and a full bare metal respray in the stunning Ford Olympic Blue. The detail and quality of the paint work is stunning with no swill marks or orange peel effect anywhere. Every area of the car was painted and is perfect for a show car.

The 1100cc motor was replaced with a 1600cc Kent Motor with high compression a 244 Kent cam and kit and Burton Cam Cover. TNT exhaust manifolds were fitted with a full free flow 57mm free flow exhaust system.40mm down draft Webber carbs feed the motor with the help of a fully adjustable Facet Racing fuel pump. The gear box was replaced with a brand new refurbished 5 speed 2 liter Sierra gear box.

The suspension is completely brand new with the rear leaf springs been lowered by 40mm and the front been fitted with coil over suspension. Disc brakes have been fitted upfront to help with the stopping power of this pocket rocket. The vehicle has been fitted with Genuine Comp Motor 13 inch wheels.

The Original interior has been recovered in black BMW 3 series leather, with perforated center.  The outer Piping has been done to the original Escort specifications to add the retro look and feel of the vehicle. New black carpets and side panels have been fitted. The roof lining has been tastefully done in black to match the seats and the dash has been recovered in black leather to finish the stylish look off.

Every part replaced on the car was imported from the UK, the car is basically a brand new car, starts off the key first time every time and drives a dream!!

We were recently at Pebble Beach Car Concours and the London Car Concours where the latest Global Phenomenon “The Outlaws “had their very own competition classes spearheaded by the likes of Magnus Walker and Singer with their Porsche designs and Rod Emory with his chopped Lancia Aurelias and de-chromed Porsche 356s.

If You are a purist and want a concourse totally original MK Escort RS then this vehicle is not for You.

Model:                    1968         
Transmission type: Manual            
Vehicle colour:       Olympic Blue
Mileage:                 2500km                          
Interior colour:       Black Leather
Number of doors:  Two Doors         
Convertible:           No    
Driver side:            Right Hand Side             
Fuel:                       Petrol     
Motor size (CC):    1600cc
Owner's Manual:    No        
Service History:     Yes