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FIA-Tribute 1973 Ford Escort MK1

Posted by WindingRoad about 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Location: Marshall, Virginia


This 1973 Ford Escort two-door is said to have started life as a left-hand drive 1300GT and was reportedly sold new in Portugal for export to Angola. It instead remained in Lisbon until coming to Spain circa 2006, where it was then rebuilt for use in FIA Group N competition as a mild RS tribute. The 1,974cc four-cylinder is mated to a 5-speed gearbox, and the car participated in several Spanish rallies between 2007-2010. After 10 years with the prior owner this Escort was recently imported to the US by the selling dealer, who is now offering it with FIA documentation and a clean Virginia title.

Modifications carried out during the 2006 work included unibody reinforcements, molded fender flares, a row of holes in the front valance, and repainting of the body in white under period blue livery. Rockers, cowls, and gutters are shown up close in the photos below along with occasional chips, dings, and other evidence of rally use.

A mixture of stock and modified trim includes two small front bumpers, circular headlights mounted in the dogbone grille, large mud guards, hood pins, and trunk lid hold-downs. Silver-painted Minilites are mounted with 15″ street radials from 2015 and show plenty of remaining tread in the photos below.

Heavily bolstered Recaro front seats wear Sabelt harnesses and flip forward to grant access to the still-present rear bench. A dished drilled-spoke steering wheel is fitted, and the dash houses simplified toggle and rocker switches. Other competition-oriented additions include an electrical cut-off switch and map light.

Factory “two-plus-four” instrumentation includes a tachometer, voltmeter, and oil pressure gauge, all of which appear to remain stock. The 5-digit odometer shows 11k kilometers (~7k miles), a handful of which have been added by the seller. The car has reportedly been run less than 1,500 kilometers since 2007.

The 1,974cc Pinto engine was reportedly fitted with an aggressive camshaft and installed by a Madrid race prep shop during the 2006 work. A dual-throat Weber 45 downdraft carburetor draws from an aluminum fuel cell mounted in the trunk, which is also home to the relocated battery. Exhaust is via a 4-into-1 header and single rear-exit pipe.

Power is sent to the rear wheels through a 5-speed manual gearbox. Running gear includes front McPherson struts with upsized hubs, while a leaf-sprung live rear axle is retained out back. Rear geometry is said to remain unmodified and no cutting of the shock towers or attachment points was performed according to the seller.

Underbody photos show the general condition of the drivetrain, rack and pinion steering, and floors. Braking is from discs at all four corners, including 4-piston Wilwood calipers over slotted and drilled rotors up front. A fluid and filter service was performed in December 2017.

The car is said to have been used mostly for an annual event at Circuito del Jarama in addition to other events pictured above, and it was reportedly last run at the 40th anniversary of the Rally de Aviles in 2016. The sale will include documentation from the FIA, though build records are unavailable.

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