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A collectors Mk1 Ford Escort 1100XL with just 22,883 miles from new.
Safety glass all round, front opening quarter lights, anti-burst locks, square sealed beam headlights, bumper overriders, rear number plate illumination lamp, water temperature gauge, oil pressure and generator warning lights, tachometer, two speed windscreen wipers, foot operated windscreen washer/wiper, ignition/steering column lock, safety padded steering wheel, ashtray in fascia, aluminium scuff plates, demister nozzles, two speed heater/demister fan, rear ashtrays, two padded sunvisors, simulated wood fascia and door cappings, door operated courtesy light. Factory options; Metallic paint.
The exterior of this range topping 1100XL is truly exceptional. Finished in optional Ford metallic Copper Brown (code 7) it has a deep polished shine and a pleasing uniform finish which is outstanding. There is very minor evidence of paint imperfection to the rear scuttle and a tiny undulation to the finish on the bonnet along with very minimal stone chips which in no way detract from the fantastic appearance of the car. A wonderfully original and spotlessly clean engine bay still displays the blue pre delivery inspection dot markings to the strut tops and the inner wing chassis number remains unpainted. Equally the immaculate boot area houses the jack and spare wheel with the original cross ply tyre and factory sticker to the inner wheel tub. The chrome trim is fantastic, window rubbers are undamaged and all decals are correct and present including the 1100XL wing badges. Delightful.
The interior of this cherished Escort 1100XL example has been beautifully preserved. The XL specific deeply embossed upholstered seats in Tan (code KL) are unworn and absolutely commensurate with the cars incredible low mileage. Only a very faint marking to the driver’s seat base and a small split to the rear bench top negate the term immaculate. The headlining is tight and spotless, and the black deep looped pile carpets are in remarkable order having been protected from new by extensive tailor made and colour matched rubber over mats. This XL model features the GT style larger instrument binnacle to house the extra gauges including oil pressure, temperature, battery indicator and tachometer. The fascia remains absolutely intact with all simulated wood cappings present and all functions and controls operating perfectly. The rear view mirror casing has deteriorated from sun damage. This car really is a beautiful, unspoilt place to be and exactly how Ford intended.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Fitted with Fords 1098cc OHV Crossflow unit, the power output of 55bhp enables a top speed of 83mph and 0-60 in a perhaps sedate 19.4 seconds. The engines fires up immediately and provides a delightful engine note with more than enough capability to keep up with modern traffic. The four speed gearbox with synchromesh on all forward gears allows light and precise progression up the range, an absolute joy to operate. A true reflection of the incredible low mileage this car has covered.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The standard pressed steel wheels with original chrome centre caps remain on the car and are shod with quality branded 155 SR 12 radial ply tyres with excellent tread remaining. The wheels and hub caps are in excellent condition with only very faint age related markings. The all-round drum brakes feel assured and bring the car up to a straight and prompt halt.
This truly outstanding example was built in the Saarlouis factory in West Germany and registered new in Italy on 19th December 1972 by Ford Concessionaires Furgiuele & Baldelli of Venezia. This 1100XL compared to the UK 1300XL with subtle differences to include opening front quarter lights and different bright hubcaps not fitted to UK cars. Just one Italian owner from new, Mr Benito D’arcano enjoyed the car until it travelled to the UK in August 2013. The original Italian Ford Service booklet is housed in the plastic wallet alongside the Ford Escort vehicle handbook and the ‘La Direzione compartimentale della motorizzazione civile’ (The management of compartmental vehicle registration) displaying many annual vehicle taxation stamps. The history file further consists of the first UK MOT certificate as well as some Italian paperwork and even a sales brochure! This immensely desirable and rare model has been beautifully preserved from new and offers real collectable credentials and nostalgic charm.
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