Ford Escort Timeline 1970-1980

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Ford Escort - way more than small car buyers bargained for

 

Ford Escort History 1970-1980

1. EARLY MK 1 DESIGN

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Ideas (a) were numerous but what we got (b) looked like the winner it would soon be.

 

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2. TWIN CAM Escorts were the real deal for performance on road or track – real driver’s cars that flattered your talent.

 

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3. FOUR DOOR versions offered decent ventilation for hot Oz summer days with wind-down rear-door windows.

 

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4. UK AND EUROPE got an estate (wagon) version as well as sedans and vans. We made do without the little wagon.

 

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5. LOTUS DESIGNED twin-cam, alloy, hemi-chamber, four-valve head transformed the Ford motor’s performance.

 

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6. SEEING BUMPERETTES in your mirror was a dead giveaway that the Escort flying past was the’hottie’.

 

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7. SIX GAUGE instument cluster sets this example apart from the more spartan set-up on the cars supplied to the Australian market.

 

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8. BASIC COCKPIT belies the quality of the Escort driving experience – sweet shifting gearbox, precise rack and pinion steering and absolutely neutral handling.

 

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9. MARK II arrived here in March 1975. More than just a quick restyle, Its development was a joint exercise between Ford Europe at Cologne and Ford Britain at Dagenham.

 

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10. ENGINE OPTIONS for Mark IIs changed during 1977 – the 1.3-litre pushrod engine was discontinued and the 2.0-litre SOHC ‘Pinto’ engine was optional over the 1.6-litre ‘Kent’ .

 

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11. AUSTRALIAN RS2000 was a late arrival, finally launching in 1979. Unlike the German built RS ours was offered in two- and four-door versions.

 

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