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A truly remarkable 2dr Ford Escort 1300L with two owners and 52,052 miles
Safety glass all round, anti-burst locks, sealed beam headlights with combined sidelights, separate direction indicators, rear number plate illumination lamp, opening rear quarter windows, water temperature gauge, oil pressure and generator warning lights, two speed windscreen wipers, hazard warning flashers, foot operated windscreen washer/wiper, ignition/steering column lock, safety padded steering wheel, safety styled door handles and window winders, push button door locks, dipping rear view mirror with breakaway stem, ashtray in fascia, aluminium scuff plates, face level ventilation system, demister nozzles, two speed heater/demister fan, rear ashtrays, two padded sunvisors, padded front parcel shelf, door operated courtesy light, map pocket. Factory Options: Static seat belts, heated rear window.
The exterior of this Mk1 Escort is superb in every respect. Finished in Diamond White, (colour code B5), it has a deep gloss shine which is outstanding and an absolute joy to polish. All the chrome trim is mirror bright and the 1300L wing badges remain fixed. The matt black front grill section is slightly chipped. The glass is the correct Ford Triplex factory fitment and window rubbers are black thanks to careful indoor storage. Ziebart plugs are visible revealing previous owner care and offering rust protection. A true survivor escaping the almost inevitable 2dr conversion to create an RS2000 or Mexico replica. Wonderful.
The interior of this Escort 1300L is beautifully preserved thanks in part to the low owner/mileage credentials. The original twin reclining front bucket seats are covered in black vinyl, (code AA) with no damage. All the headlining is tight and clean, and the black deep looped pile carpets are in remarkable order. All the gauges operate as does the two speed heater fan. There is a small nick in the drivers door card and the rocker switches have faded slightly. A period radiator blind pull cord has been fitted from new. The boot area including original covering, spare wheel and jack are present. This car really is a beautiful, unspoilt place to be and largely how Ford intended.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
A clean engine bay is home to the original 1298cc OHV engine which fires up immediately and provides a delightful engine note. With 57bhp, 0-60mph in 15.9 seconds and a top speed of 90mph current day usage is possible. The diaphragm spring type clutch feels positive and smooth with a precise four speed gearbox. An absolute joy to operate and a true reflection of the 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 Goodyear GT 175/R12 tyres with masses of tread. The wheels and hub caps are in outstanding condition. The all-round drum brakes feel assured and bring the car up to a straight and prompt halt.
Registered new on the 19th March 1975 this Mk1 Escort would have been one of the final cars off the production line and has had just two private owners from new before being part exchanged in March 1991 to Ford main agents, Tim Norton in Oakham. Mr Norton himself was so impressed with the condition that he kept the car in his own private collection and remained the cars custodian to the present day! Not content with some minor blemishes when first acquiring the car he commissioned his own team of trained Ford personnel to work on the vehicle and make it a show piece for events and promotions. Quite literally a time capsule from the seventies and now available to a lucky individual.
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