While Ford may have owned the Escort name for many
years, first being used on the Estate version of
the Popular, it was the wonderful iteration that
was developed as a replacement for the Anglia that
most associate with the name.
The car was initially
considered too conventional and backward thinking
for production in Germany, Ford of Europe management
persisting with a dual production set up.
this was in part due to the fact that, under the
skin, the Escort differed little from the 1950’s
But the Escort was a gem, and it
quickly topped the sales and production charts. Between
introduction in 1968 until the release of the Mk.
II in 1975, there were some 2,155,301 built.
the Escort would go on to help win over a 2.2 per
cent domestic gain, quickly putting pay to any consideration
that it be too “conventional”.
Mk1 Escort came as an 1100 or 1300 and in both 2 or
4 door sedan, and in some markets also as a two-door
estate, or in sporty form as a GT or Twin Cam.
the Escort engines were based on a new Kent crossflow
unit, which proved very suitable for tuning and modification.
1300 GT paved the way for a long line of hot Escorts,
culminating in the now highly prized RS 2000. The
1300 GT produced an impressive 75 bhp and benefited
from a close-ratio gearbox, servo-assisted front
disc brakes, stiffer suspension, radial tires, oil-pressure
gauge and the all-important rev-counter, the GT was
many drivers' first fast Ford.
Racing success, particularly
in rally’s, would
garner the little Ford a huge allegiance of fans
both in the UK and Australia. Ford were quick to promote this, as is evidenced from their sales literature...
Record Breaking Performance...
Escort is no stranger to the tough, fiercely competitive world of motor sport where it's a survival of the fittest...where reputations are made - and broken. Escort has made it big! In just 2 years it has notched up over 200 victories in European races and rallies, more than any other car.
What makes it so good? Everything about Escort. The Ford CrossFlow design engine pours out snap-to-it, step-lively power and effortless day long
cruising with very little thirst for petrol.
A 4 speed all synchromesh manual transmission, with a racy floor-mounted stick, meets
all traffic or rally needs with crisp, positive short-shifts. Rack-and-pinion steering and a small 29 foot turning circle mean precision handling and easy parkability.
Independent front suspension with Macpherson telescopic dampers, and rear suspension with double-action shock-absorbers give you a positive feeling on the road without you feeling every hole and bump.
Best of all is the way you feel behind the wheel. Escort's superb driving position is out on its own. We can't describe it, you have to take it up yourself to know just how good driver comfort, vision, placement of controls and instruments can be. Your road test of Escort will spell out all its virtues to you, beautifully.
Escort Performance Specifications
'1100' and '1300' Engines:
4 cylinder OHV CrossFlow Bowl-In-Piston design featuring 5 main bearing crankshaft; valves pushrod operated; mechanical diaphragm
type fuel pump; single barrel carburetor.
High Performance '1300 2V' engine with special high-lift camshaft, OHV CrossFlow Bowl-in-Piston design 2 barrel Weber carburetor.
A 'Hemi' features Lotus designed cylinder head with opposed layout; two 2-barrel Weber carburetors; 4 branch free-flow exhaust system; valve operation by twin overhead camshafts.
In Britain the Escort overtook
the BMC 1100/1300
series as the second top-selling
car in 1972
, then helped Ford become Britain's number
one manufacturer, and the only one to show a profit
(a time when the British car industry was