The Ford Escort was introduced in 1968 as a replacement for the long-running Anglia. The modern, distinctive design became immensely popular with 2.1 million units of the mk1 being sold in the first 6 years. The history of the Escort developed and it continued to sell in huge numbers through the 70’s & 80’s. In the earlier years, sales were buoyed by unparalleled success on the rally stages & the mk 2 Escort became the most successful & iconic rally car of all time.
Through the 90’s some would say that Ford lost their way with the Escort, the switch from rear to front wheel drive was not a popular one but the 90’s did see the return of the Escort’s partnership with revered engine tuners Cosworth. The mighty, 4 wheel drive, turbocharged Escort RS Cosworth (which was actually based on the Sierra floor pan) was spectacular. Its enormous ‘whale tail’ spoiler, aggressive wide-arched stance and blistering performance made it one of the most desirable cars available.
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