A history of the Ford Escort – from Mk1 to Mk7 (Mark 4) 0

A-history-of-the-Ford-Escort-from-Mk1-to-Mk-7-Mark-4Our look back at the various incarnations of the Ford Escort continues today. Following on the coat tails of the controversial Mk III, forever regarded by some as the quintessential ‘boy racer’, the next offering in the Escort line wasn’t the most radical of departures from what came before…

Mark IV (1986 – 1990)

If truth be told, the Mark IV was basically a Mark III. It had just been re-skinned – swap the metal bumpers for large plastic ones and you get the picture. If the Mark III had been labelled the pioneering ‘boy racer’, the Mark IV took it to a whole new level. Following on from the instant success of the XR3i and RS Turbo models, a whole generation of cheeky young whippersnappers got up to all sort of mischief in their Dagenham hatchbacks – many met their end early wrapped round either trees or lamp-posts.

The Mark IV is a rare sight on the roads these days, the less than careful attitude of many of its owners, and its tendency to rust, saw many in the scrap yard long before their time. What was once sneered upon as the ultimate ‘chav-mobile’ has now become an obscure classic.

Funny how things change, eh?

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