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A stunning RS AVO Mk1 Ford Escort Mexico Custom Pack in rare Aero Silver.
Advanced Vehicle Operations (AVO) Type 49 heavy-duty body, front quarter bumpers, flared wheel arches, strengthened chassis rails, strengthened flitch plates, reinforced front suspension strut top mounting plates, rear radius rods, safety glass, anti-burst locks, black painted aluminium grille, reversing lights, six pod sports binnacle, heater fan, two speed wiper, courtesy light. Factory fitted options; Custom Pack comprising of; Black vinyl roof, brushed nylon seats, extra sound deadening, centre console, rear plastic armrest extensions, heated rear screen, cigar lighter, cherry veneer dash, push-button radio, brake warning light, headrests.
Finished in the factory original and exceptionally rare colour of Aero Silver, (Code 3), this Mk1 Ford Escort Mexico looks incredible. Extra information on the body plate reveals option Code 6 meaning the car was built at the Advanced Vehicle Operations factory in Aveley with the luxury Custom Pack. The discreet and neat triple coachline in contrasting colour with ‘Mexico’ wing badge and black vinyl roof are all Custom Pack features. The Vinyl roof is in excellent condition and has the correct seams 5in from the rain gutter. Genuine flared front wheel arches and all Type 49 strengthening points are present. FoMoCo rear lenses and Cibie H4 headlights remain fitted as do period Wingard door mirrors. The chrome to the genuine rear bumper has some small pitting. The underside is an exhibitionists dream being perfectly clean and detailed and will suit those wishing to show the car rather than hit the rally stages!
The interior of this late Mexico differs from the most factory correct cars having the luxury Custom Pack option specified from new. Black Beta cloth roll top recliner seats, (Code A1), are in fantastic condition and along with the full height centre console housing the working Kienzie clock and optional five-push-button radio, Cherry Veneer dash and rear plastic armrest extensions. This really is a special place to be. All gauges function and correct features such a the 130mph speedometer, 7,000rpm rev counter, black dipping mirror and sporting RS three-spoke steering wheel will please RS connoisseurs seeking detailed perfection. The boot area is spotlessly clean housing an angled spare wheel, jack and wheel brace. A very special interior.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Nestled between the AVO Escorts inner front wings is the standard factory specification 1600cc Crossflow unit detailed and having enjoyed a full engine rebuild. The factory original AVO plate and chassis plate displaying all the correct identity codes remain with the cars history file while new reproduction items are fitted. Incredibly the thin metal strip affixed under the body plate used for quality control is stamped and present! 0-60mph in 10.7 seconds and a top speed over 100mph is quoted. The chassis number is visible on the suspension reinforced plate. The factory 4-speed synchromesh Type 3 2000E gearbox, as fitted to the Twin Cam and RS1600, works perfectly.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Spoke-style sculptured steel wheels measuring 5.5 x 13in are finished with the correct Pearl Grey centres with stainless centre RS caps and chrome dome-ended wheel nuts, all in excellent condition. Yokohama Bluearth 175/70 R13 tyres are fitted all round. A dual-circuit brake system gripping front discs and rear drums work perfectly and contain silicone DOT 5 brake fluid.
Built at Fords Advanced Vehicle Operations factory in Aveley in August 1974 this vehicle was registered on the 1st October 1974 and retains its original Northern Ireland registration number with both the green buff style log book and subsequent UK Registration Document. In the current owners care since 2013, the sole aim was to restore this car to exact factory specification while retaining as many factory original parts as possible. Both the car and enthusiast owner are registered with the AVO Club and renown experts such as G & T Escorts in Garvagh are responsible for this stunning example and how it presents today since the restoration in 2014. The difficult decision to sell the car was prompted by his sons desire to buy his first house and assistance towards a deposit. Numerous invoices, handbooks and workshop manuals are included along with two sets of keys and photos of works carried out. A stunningly rare car with amazing specification and ready for the next owner to show and enjoy.
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