RE: Ford Escort 1600 GT (Mk1) | Spotted

RE: Ford Escort 1600 GT (Mk1) | Spotted

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OldSkoolRS

5,192 posts

163 months

Friday 25th November
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Imagine being able to go to that car park in your photo today and drive the TR7 convertible, 205GTi or the RS2000 presumably in almost new condition. smile

Johnnybee

2,143 posts

205 months

Friday 25th November
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A friend built this mk1 GT. It's pretty much one of the cleanest mk1s you will find.








Brand new zetec engine


greenarrow

2,872 posts

101 months

Friday 25th November
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J4CKO said:
The impression now is that every RWD Escort was some RS drift monster driven by Wannabe Hannu Mikolas, there were old Escorts with extra lamps on and various other mods but by and large nothing like the perfectly turned out examples now, in the eighties they were old sheds by and large.


The typical ones I remember were generally driven by old blokes, fag in the corner of their mouth. The caretaker at my primary school had one, all roll ups and creosote. My grandad had one before his Chevette phase, then a Fiesta MK2 and culminating with a Metro 1.1.

Or old ladies in a 1.6 Ghia in Beige going to church.
Totally agree with this sentiment. I briefly owned a Mk2 Escort estate in 1990 and it was a hateful thing. Broke down on me several times and the worse incident was the windscreen wipers giving up in Shaftesbury one evening, leaving me trying to navigate my way home on a dark and rainy A350, it was terrifying!

As a Ford fan myself (but the later RPJ generation Fords) I get why these Escorts are nostalgic and valuable and a Mexico or RS is a lovely thing, but for £26,950, for my 1970s bread and butter car fix, I would find the nicest AlfaSud I could find and buy it, with probably about £16K left over for something else! Now that was a 1970s car that was dynamically superb out of the box without any mods (I still regret selling mine) and considering the low numbers left, very undervalued in today's heated market!

OldSkoolRS

5,192 posts

163 months

Friday 25th November
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Johnnybee said:
A friend built this mk1 GT. It's pretty much one of the cleanest mk1s you will find.
That's lovely Jonnybee. Clean install of the Zetec engine too.

Funny you mention the Alfa Sud Greenarrow as that was the car my Mum and Step Dad owned before they bought the RS2000 I now have. It was a lovely car (our first brand new car too in 1978), though some teething problems with the engine, so my Mum ended up having a succession of different Alfa Suds while they sorted hers out. She ended up running in about 3-4 different ones I think, including a bright green Ti with a big white Alfa logo on the bonnet...not very subtle even for the 1970s. biggrin


s m

22,469 posts

187 months

Friday 25th November
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OldSkoolRS said:
Imagine being able to go to that car park in your photo today and drive the TR7 convertible, 205GTi or the RS2000 presumably in almost new condition. smile
Yep, certainly the 205 ( 105bhp version )was almost new - picture was 1986 . TR had the V8 in rather than the 4-pot