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Mk1 Escort Mexico – NDG 619M

Feb 24,2006 Julian

There are some cars you never forget, your first RS being one of them. This stage prepared Mk1 Escort Mexico was my first proper foray into RS ownership and I loved every minute of it!

Truth is, she was a bit of a dog, but had character and speed by the bucket load! The interior was stripped bare with bucket seats, harnesses & rollcage, and fireproofing between the interior and boot.

The 1600GT X-flow engine had been bored to 1760 and the block was fitted with flat top pistons and matched to a semi-chambered head.

The body had seen better days and the inner wings had seen quite a few repairs, especially around the strut tops!

Owned the car for a couple of years before a severe landing put a rear leaf spring hanger through the floor – Time for a reshell!

Best memory was a problem with the electrics whereby every time I washed the car the headlights came on. Never did get to the bottom of that one!

Julian Grattidge

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