1971 Ford Escort 1600 XL Saloon  Chassis no. CS45MR74863

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1971 Ford Escort 1600 XL Saloon
Registration no. BRU 311K Chassis no. CS45MR74863

£ 10,000 - 15,000
US$ 12,000 - 19,000
1971 Ford Escort 1600 XL Saloon
Registration no. BRU 311K
Chassis no. CS45MR74863
*Exported new to South Africa
*1,600cc engine
*Bought from first owner's family
*Present ownership since 1989

Footnotes

  • Ford's knack of accurately judging market requirements was demonstrated yet again in 1968 with the arrival of the Escort. An instant hit, the newcomer proved a worthy successor to the Anglia and was destined to be Britain's best-selling car for many years. Built initially in two- and four-door saloon and estate body styles, the Escort came initially with either a 1,098cc or 1,298cc overhead-valve four-cylinder engine, and there was a choice of either manual or automatic transmission. Ford fans with an appetite for high performance could choose between GT and 1.6-litre Twin Cam or - later on - RS1600 and Mexico models. The original Escort was superseded by the restyled but mechanically similar Mark 2 in 1974, but it would be 1980 before Ford fell into step with its rivals' offerings in this hotly contested market sector and adopted front-wheel drive.

    This 1.6-litre Mark 2 four-door saloon was purchased new in South Africa in 1971 and brought back to the UK by owner, a Mr Silvester, when he retired. It should be noted that this particular car has the 1,600cc engine fitted to some export models intended for overseas markets. In July 1989, the Escort was purchased from Mr Silvester's son by the current vendor, who has owned it ever since.

    Stored in a dehumidified garage since acquisition and maintained by the enthusiast owner, the car has seen little use but has been displayed at local classic vehicle shows with some success. A total of 39,954 miles is displayed on the odometer, and this rare survivor is believed unique on account of its low mileage, original condition, and few owners. Finished in Fern Green with black interior, the car is offered with current MoT certificate, SORN, and a V5 registration document. A Weber twin-choke carburettor, fitted by the vendor, is the only notified deviation from factory specification.
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1971 Ford Escort 1600 XL Saloon  Chassis no. CS45MR74863
1971 Ford Escort 1600 XL Saloon  Chassis no. CS45MR74863
1971 Ford Escort 1600 XL Saloon  Chassis no. CS45MR74863
1971 Ford Escort 1600 XL Saloon  Chassis no. CS45MR74863
1971 Ford Escort 1600 XL Saloon  Chassis no. CS45MR74863
1971 Ford Escort 1600 XL Saloon  Chassis no. CS45MR74863
1971 Ford Escort 1600 XL Saloon  Chassis no. CS45MR74863
1971 Ford Escort 1600 XL Saloon  Chassis no. CS45MR74863
1971 Ford Escort 1600 XL Saloon  Chassis no. CS45MR74863
1971 Ford Escort 1600 XL Saloon  Chassis no. CS45MR74863
1971 Ford Escort 1600 XL Saloon  Chassis no. CS45MR74863
1971 Ford Escort 1600 XL Saloon  Chassis no. CS45MR74863
1971 Ford Escort 1600 XL Saloon  Chassis no. CS45MR74863
1971 Ford Escort 1600 XL Saloon  Chassis no. CS45MR74863
1971 Ford Escort 1600 XL Saloon  Chassis no. CS45MR74863
1971 Ford Escort 1600 XL Saloon  Chassis no. CS45MR74863
1971 Ford Escort 1600 XL Saloon  Chassis no. CS45MR74863
1971 Ford Escort 1600 XL Saloon  Chassis no. CS45MR74863
1971 Ford Escort 1600 XL Saloon  Chassis no. CS45MR74863
1971 Ford Escort 1600 XL Saloon  Chassis no. CS45MR74863
1971 Ford Escort 1600 XL Saloon  Chassis no. CS45MR74863
1971 Ford Escort 1600 XL Saloon  Chassis no. CS45MR74863
1971 Ford Escort 1600 XL Saloon  Chassis no. CS45MR74863
1971 Ford Escort 1600 XL Saloon  Chassis no. CS45MR74863
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