Having been driven by its Italian owner from the Pordenone region in Italy to the UK last year, this very rare Left Hand Drive 1.3 Automatic 2 door estate MK2 escort is now being offered for sale on his behalf.
Now I can hear you saying “1.3 Auto, hah!!” but strangely enough it actually gets on down the road quite well, not that its not crying out for a nice 1600GT or Pinto conversion to liven it up, preferably with a manual gearbox to suit, but not everyone wants or can have a manual and where would you find another automatic?
Body wise, being in a dry climate all of its life has staved off the dreaded tin worm and now past the bits on the arches coming through (Please follow the link to our website for further close up pictures of these areas), after a year standing basically un-used in the UK and some age related dents etc, it is incredibly solid for a mid-seventies Ford, above and below. Rear bumper has suffered a soft “push” in the middle as has the front (have you seen the parking in Italy!)
Its 1300 Kent engine is very sweet with absolutely no nasty noises or leaks, in fact it is as clean as the rest of the car and the 3 speed auto changes nicely. Brakes, electrics etc are all good too.
Inside again has survived very well with the vinyl seats showing little or no damage and the dash is uncracked, all instrumentation is original and working.
Being sold needing (very) light restoration and hopefully offered at a price that reflects this. To restore to original or to “resto-mod” is the choice its new owner can make.