1970 Ford Escort twin-cam on the block

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

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Rally-inspired coupe is hot property

1970 Ford Escort twin-cam on the block
1970 Ford Escort twin cam

There will be people out there who remember these cars when they were new, and must be shaking their heads at the prices they’re now fetching.

To be fair, the Ford Escort twin cam was always a desirable car to own, particularly given its spectacular competition success pretty much from day one after its launch in 1968, primarily in world rallying.

The basis of the car was similar mechanicals to its predecessor the Lotus Cortina, which means the four-pot engine with a Lotus-developed head, producing near enough to 110hp (82kW). That was planted in a much stiffer chassis than its predecessor, and a body shape that hosted everything from rally cars through to humble four-door runabouts.

Locally, the Twin Cam was intended as a rival for Holden’s Torana GTR, albeit with two less cylinders.

The car you see here carries an August 1970 compliance plate and looks as though it’s been restored back as close to original as you could hope for. And the estimate? $42-48,000.

It’s up for auction by Shannons at its Sydney event on Feb 6.

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