My love for European Ford Escorts, as has been well established if you follow me on social media, is pure and chaste and true. I’m fond of the American ones, too, of course, but the European Escort has always represented to me a balance of style and capability that’s fiscally approachable even if geographically out of reach. Making my Escort-lust nigh uncontrollable (phrasing) is the fact that I’m on a media email list that often includes auctions for these vehicles. So, I’ve gotta look at them, and now so do you. It’ll be fun, I promise.
1972 Ford Escort Mexico
This is one of six prototype factory-built Ford Escort Mexico four-door prototypes (all other Mexicos were coupes). This was sold by Bidding Classics for about $38,000 and it looks fantastic. The Mk 1 Mexicos were to celebrate the success of the Escort rally cars in the London to Mexico World Cup Rally. These cars featured a 1598 cc crossflow motor powering the rear wheels (initial Escorts were RWD!).
1983 Ford Escort RS 1600i
This third-gen Escort (a Mk III) is a from the year I was born and thus holds a special place in my heart. By this point, Escorts were FWD and the RS 1600i represents an attempt by Ford to make a hot hatch version. By 1983, the RS Escorts added fuel injection. Car & Classic sold this one for a wild $49,000, which cuts a little into the affordability of these cars, although this seems to be extremely minty.
You could eat off that engine bay.
1977 Ford Escort RS 2000 X-Pack
Here’s an Mk II Escort which, according to Car & Classic, was their most searched vehicle of the first half of 2002. I get it. Sharpening the round corners of the Mk I leaves you with a handsome car. This particular model, from Portugal, fetched about $45,000. The cool thing about these is they [Ed note: Oops, got this wrong!] get those huge, wide box fenders.
1979 Ford Escort RS2000 MK II
This car was “prepared and supplied directly from Richard Hammond and his partners at ‘The Smallest Cog.” I don’t know what that means but Classic Cars Auction sold it for $50k and it looks super rad.
1985 Ford Escort 1.6 Injection Cabriolet
This one didn’t seem to sell, or is no longer for sale. I can’t tell. It’s cool. It’s red. I like it.
Photo Credits: CCA, Car & Classics, Bidding Classics