Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Ford Escort Mk I - Mexico & RS2000 - Rally Cars (1968-74)

The Mark I Ford Escort was introduced in the United Kingdom at the end of 1967. Had conventional rear-wheel drive and a four-speed manual gearboxor 3-speed automatic transmissionThe Mark I featured contemporary styling cues in tune with its time: a subtle Detroit-inspired "Coke bottle" waistline and the "dogbone" shaped front grille — arguably the car's main stylistic feature. 

The Mark I Escorts became successful as a rally car, and they eventually went on to become one of the most successful rally cars of all time. There were a few higher performance versions for rallies and racing. The Escort Mexico was a special edition road versions in honour of the car's winning at the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally. It was powered by a 1.6 L Ford "Kent" engine. While the RS2000 model featured a 2.0 L Pinto (OHC) engine. Seen in action in the 2013 movie Fast & Furious 6(wikipedia)

R S  2 0 0 0

With 2.0 L Pinto (OHC) engine

The RS2000 used the the 2013 movie Fast & Furious 6

E S C O R T  M E X I C O

With 1.6L Ford "Kent" engine

(Photos from classiccarsmagazine.co.uk, andesmotorsport.be, 
i.ebayimg.com, bringatrailer.com, flickr.com/photos/kgfclassiccars,
silverstoneauctions.com & flickr.com/photos/yohai90/)

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