Right from the start of the Escort range Ford had intended to produce sporting versions of its new baby. The first of this special breed of Escort was the Lotus engined Twin Cam. The Twin Cam used the same 1558cc engine as the Lotus Cortina. This meant 110bhp and a top speed of 115mph.
Externally there was little difference between the Escort Twin Cam and its tamer sister, the Escort GT. A reinforced bodyshell with wider wheel arches and quarter bumpers hid the uprated suspension and front disc brakes were standard equipment. In total, just over 1,200 Escort Twin Cams were built before production ended in 1970 to make way for the RS1600. Practical Classics February 2005 - Featuring Buyers Guide Ford Escort Mk I. Click Here to view in our shop.