The Escort had conventional rear-wheel drive and a four-speed manual gearbox, or three-speed automatic transmission. The Escort was the first small Ford to use rack-and-pinion steering. The Mark I featured contemporary styling cues in tune with its time: a subtle Detroit-inspired “Coke bottle” waistline and the “dogbone” shaped front grille – arguably the car›s main stylistic feature. Similar Coke bottle styling featured in the larger Cortina Mark III (also built in West Germany as the Taunus) launched in 1970. higher performance version for rallies and racing was available, the Escort Twin Cam, built for Group 2 international rallying. It had an engine with a Lotus-made eight-valve twin camshaft head fitted to the 1.5 L non-crossflow block, which had a bigger bore than usual to give a capacity of 1,557 cc. This engine had originally been developed for the Lotus Elan. Production of the Twin Cam, which was originally produced at Halewood, was phased out as the Cosworth-engined RS1600 production began. The Mark I Escorts became successful as a rally car, and they eventually went on to become one of the most successful rally cars of all time. The Ford works team was practically unbeatable in the late 1960s / early 1970s, and arguably the Escort’s greatest victory was in the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally, co-driven by Finnish legend Hannu Mikkola and Swedish co-driver Gunnar Palm. This gave rise to the Escort Mexico (1598cc “crossflow”-engined) special edition road versions in honour of the rally car. Introduced in November 1970, 10,352 Mexico Mark I’s were built.[15
This example is a rare genuine original 1973 Ford Mexico 1600 GT produced for the Scandinavian market and shipped in 1973 to Finland where it resided until 2012. The car was never rallied and obviously had an easy life, showing its
excellent condition and the believed genuine mileage of only 10255 kms on the odometer. In 2011 it was re-painted light blue which probably was its original colour. From Finland it was imported to Holland in 2012 from where it is now offered. The car is in excellent overal condition and comes with copies of tt’s manual, the original SF Rekisteriote Registerutdrag and the official SA-HK from 2012, duly signed by the Finish Museum Museoajoneuvo, stating its originality. The car correctly sits on its original wheels and still has its original and excellent interior, steering wheel etc. etc. This is a well- priced lovely original example offered in lovely condition.