A history of the Ford Escort – from Mk1 to Mk7 (Mark 5) 0

A-history-of-the-Ford-Escort-from-Mk1-to-Mk-7-Mark-5Our look back at the iconic series of hatchbacks continues as we travel back to 1990. A glorious summer, when England still had a national football team to be proud of, Vauxhall had released the Cavalier based Calibra, and East and West Germany reunified. On the downside, 1990 was also the year that the fifth edition of the Ford Escort made its debut. Today, we pay homage to the not so glorious…

MARK V (1990-92)

By the time the Mark V came out, standards had slipped somewhat from the earlier Escort editions. A slow death, that some say had begun with the Mark III a few years before, the Mark V was regarded by most of the public and motoring media as cheap, basic, rattly, and not to mince words…horrible.

For better or worse, but mostly better, it’s unusual to spot a Mark V on the roads these days for many of the same reasons that befell its predecessor. They aged as badly as they were often driven; rust and their owners’ penchant for collisions were only two of their many deficiencies. No-one, apart from the most avid Escort connoisseur really misses them. To quote Jeremy Clarkson, they were “a disappointment”.

Finding one of the basic 1.3-litre editions is pretty much impossible now. A few collectors still hang on to some of the souped-up versions though.

One silver lining to a very dark cloud was the Escort RS Cosworth. Technically though, this was really a Sierra Sapphire Cosworth 4×4 with an Escort body dumped on it. It was pretty good though…

The RS2000 on the other hand wasn’t though. The name was really just a cynical attempt by Ford’s marketing department, to align the tepid new edition with the 1970’s rally success enjoyed by the Marks I and II.

Still, what’s done is done. Onto the Mark VI…

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