March 14, 2017
Seven facts about the Ford Escort 0
Last week, we took a fond – and not so fond depending on which generation – look back at the iconic model that was a fixture on the UK’s roads for over thirty years. In total, there were 7 generations: the first two – undeniable classics, three and four – the dawn of the ‘boy racers’, then the last three – pretty lacklustre (Mark V in particular).
To bookmark our nostalgic reminisce, we finish with seven facts about the Escort, you probably weren’t aware of:
- The name ‘Escort’ was originally used by Ford on a low-spec edition of the Ford Squire. It was not a popular vehicle.
- After the demise of the Escort range (2000 saw the end of production), the Mark VII Escort van continued to be produced until 2002. It was then replaced by the Transit Connect.
- According to howmanyleft.com – there are only 76 original carburettor-fed XR3s left on the UK’s roads.
- The original (and arguably – the best), Mark I was originally built in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Ireland, Taiwan, and Israel.
- Royalty loved the Escort! Princess Diana owned a black Mark I Escort RS Turbo – the only black version that Ford built, all others being white.
- Australian Mark II Escorts had much larger fuel tanks then their European siblings; the filler was positioned behind the rear number plate.
- The 1991 advert – see the clip below – featured a song that Ford for no apparent reason shrouded in mystery – refused to disclose who actually sang it (her name is Scarlett Deva Antaloczy).
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