Lot 74 (The Pavilion Gardens, 31st October 2012)
Estimated at £6,000 - £7,000
Registration No: LED918F
Chassis No: BB44HA20222
Mot Expiry: June 2013
Ford's phenomenally successful Escort made its debut at the 1968 Brussels Motorshow. It was a direct replacement for the long running Anglia range and, while much of the mechanicals were carried over, the styling was far more contemporary; the key elements of which were the Detroit-inspired 'Coke bottle' waistline (later echoed by the MKIII Cortina) and the distinctive 'dogbone' shaped radiator grille. Power came from a choice of 1100 or 1300cc versions of the Crossflow 'Kent' engine, which drove through a slick four-speed manual gearbox or three-speed automatic unit and on to the rear wheels. Suspension was by MacPherson struts at the front and live axle mounted on leaf springs at the rear, while the Escort was the first Ford to feature rack and pinion steering. The model initially sold as a two-door Saloon in De Luxe or Super guise - the latter being distinguished by rectangular headlamps, carpets, a cigar lighter and a water temperature gauge.
Finished in Red with Black upholstery and original 'Lone Star' headlining, this particular 1100cc Super example has had one registered owner from new and been restored as required over the last six years. Thought to be a very early Halewood-built example, it is now considered by the vendor to be in "excellent/A1" condition with regard to its engine, gearbox, interior trim, bodywork and paintwork.