1977 Mk II Ford Escort Panel Van – Today’s Practical Tempter

By: James Robinson, Unique Cars magazine

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1977 Mk II Ford Escort Panel Van 1977 Mk II Ford Escort Panel Van
1977 Mk II Ford Escort Panel Van 1977 Mk II Ford Escort Panel Van

Who doesn’t love a classic panel van?

The Mk II Ford Escort was produced in Australia at Ford’s assembly plant in Homebush, Sydney, from 1975 – 1980. Ford Australia made three different variations of the Escort; a two-door coupe, a four-door sedan and a two-door panel van.

Strangely, the wagon bodied Escorts were never produced locally, and as a result, the locally made panel van versions came from the factory with a higher level of trim specification. What’s more, you could also get the panel van in GL or Sport Pack forms.

While being very pretty cars, the Escorts were not ultimately a raving sales success, largely due to strong competition from larger, locally made Holden and Ford derivatives and the recent expansion of Japanese car manufacturers into the Aussie market place.

All-in-all, a total of roughly 79,000 examples of the Mk II Escort were made in Australia between 1975 and late-1980, when production ceased. The Escort was replaced by what was essentially a rebadged Mazda 323, and was locally called the Ford Laser in three-door and five-door hatchback models, and Meteor in four-door sedan guise.

This particular Escort panel van is a 1977 model and has been in the same family for the last 25 years. According to the seller, the vehicle received a restoration in the 90s and is largely original, apart from the engine which is a 1600 OHC Mk III Cortina donk.

The seller is asking $15,000 and anyone interested in this grouse little panel van can view the full listing here

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