Tuesday, 9 February 2010

1974 Ford Escort 1300 Executive

Famous for winning rallies the world over, Ford's beloved Mk1/2 Escort is usually photographed 'tail out' whilst screaming past cold looking spectators on a secluded section of an Irish Rally. Built in Cork and remaining in Ireland, Paddy McGrath's spotless Mk1 1300E has undoubtedly never seen a rally stage and with just 58,000 miles from new, this four door Executive is all the better for it.

Presented in original specification (except the body colour) Paddys Escort has the 1298cc ohv single cam engine, also fitted to the Sport model. Packing 74 bhp the Ford crossflow engine provides ample power for relaxed cruising in comfort.

Exclusive to the Executive Escort, the wooden dash trim, deeper pile carpets and period perfect vinyl roof have all aged well in this car, whilst the addition of a sportier steering wheel lends a sporty feel. This 'high spec' model also shares the flared front wings from the Mexico and Sport variants.

Paddy beleives the only way to originality is to remain original and with so many modified Escorts out there, his truly concours example is a rare sight.

Source: Speedhunters.com

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