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Lot 099: Ford Escort MkII 1600 Sport

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (13 July 2011)

A new Escort arrived in 1975, the Escort Mk II. The MKII was developed jointly between Ford UK and Germany. The Mk II had a new bodyshell with modern, square lines. A range of models were available as before and comprised of "base", L, GL, Sport and a top-of-the-range Ghia. Buyers could choose between two and four-door saloon bodies or even a two door estate version. As on the MkI there was a choice of 1.1 and 1.3-litre engines and now a 1.6-litre unit was also available along with optional automatic transmission. During the second half of the 1970s the Escort continued to prove hugely popular with buyers in Britain and other parts of Europe. It was given an update with the L models gaining the square headlights (previously exclusive to the GL and Ghia variants) and there was an upgrade in interior and exterior specification for some models in 1978. Underneath a wider front track was given. The Escort range had fairly simple equipment levels but this did not prevent more than 600,000 cars from being built before the range finished in 1980. First registered in January 1979, this 1600 Sport Escort has the Kent straight-four engine which, in standard tune, developed some 84bhp. Not much is known about the history of this car but it has clearly led a very pampered life and is said to have a remarkably original structure. Apart from new sills it appears not to have been welded underneath and still has the original and unwelded strut tops (rare with these cars). It has been fitted with wider aluminium wheelarches at some point and the engine is believed to have been rebuilt with a Kent performance cam fitted. It also benefits from period Revolution alloys and Cibie spotlights. Said to run and drive well with an MOT until February 2012, it would make a great basis for a historic rally car or can be used on the road as is.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number099
Estimate£5750-£6750
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1979
Condition rating
Registration numberDLE 312T
Mileage-
Chassis numberBBATUB77274
Engine numberTE00685
Engine capacity (cc)1600
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2