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1972 Ford Escort Mexico

Lot 13 (The Pavilion Gardens, 27th November 2019)

Estimate
£16,000 - £20,000
 

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Lot details
Registration No: KRO612L
Chassis No: BFATMG42989

- Genuine Mexico with Type 49 shell

- Complete with V5C showing Mexico

- Subject to some recent restoration work to the floor pan

- Currently on throttle bodies though additionally supplied with Weber twin 40s

- Supplied with additional alcantara dash board

The Ford Escort was launched at the 1968 Brussels Motor Show. Acutely aware that the Cortina was in the autumn of its competition career, Ford's competition department had been developing a race/rally version of the newcomer throughout 1967, and had the Twin-Cam ready to roll at the same time its standard siblings were finding their way onto the public roads. One of the Escort's most memorable early competition wins, was Hannu Mikkola's victory on the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally, to capitalise on which Ford created the limited edition, AVO-built Escort Mexico in time for the 1971 season. Its specially strengthened shell was fitted with Rallye Sport suspension and brakes and powered by a 1600cc 'Kent' engine

The MKI Ford Escort is on record as one of the greatest of all rally cars. Among its most impressive results was the victory on the London to Mexico Wold Cup event. Ford used the result to create the now famous special edition 'Mexico' that had its own production line at the company's Advanced Vehicle Operations (AVO) in Aveley, Essex

 

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