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4 minutes ago, bunglebus said:

The Twink is the one for me. I think MK1s look much better with the oblong headlights than round anyway, unlike 95% of people it seems

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The Super I pictured earlier was a square headlight car, and I've thought of two more differences from the later cars - external bonnet release in the grille (so the grille's different) and canister rather than spin-on oil filter

I might* have made a 1974 2 door appear to be a G reg car when the Tax exemption first came in, for my youngest brother’s first car. The brake test switch and hazard flashers caused much paranoia. Especially when the guy he sold it to drove into a bridge support, flat out. We fully expected a visit from the Old Bill, never happened , he was 3x drink limit and left a note...

I want to do a full post about the Escorts in my past ( oooher missus) but I’m afraid of coming across as a blinkered fanboy.

Heres another group test , Motor’s first ,apparently.

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10 minutes ago, bunglebus said:

The Twink is the one for me. I think MK1s look much better with the oblong headlights than round anyway, unlike 95% of people it seems

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They're definitely the most special of the mk1s. I'm with you on oblong headlights too. Pretty much peak design of mass*produced cars too. Less is more. No fussy lines. Minimal weight carrying. No glitzy trinkets. No shouty grills or angry fronts to try and look like you've got a bigger appendage than other road users. Just plain lovely. 

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Crayford Eliminator from 1970 or 71, using the early lower powered Zodiac V6.  The 3-litre V6 in an Escort made an unbalanced front-heavy car, fast in a straight line but not so good at the corners.  

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I was once in a 3-litre Mk2 Escort and that particular car was a bit of a dog's dinner with a Sierra 2.0 5-speed box, 3.54 diff from an Escort Ghia, and Mk2 van leaf springs with 1-inch lowering blocks.  Sounded good though and would melt the tyres without even trying.  Went for a thrash round the quiet back-roads, it always seemed to be going much too fast and corners came up very quickly, especially with standard Capri front discs.  I was always just waiting for it to just keep on going straight on as it didn't really like changing direction. 

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3 hours ago, NorfolkNWeigh said:

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The Viva looks a more modern than the Escort!

Slightly bigger too,how come Vivas are  now worth nothing at all,and Escorts are worth ££££'s.Doesn't the gallant efforts of the late Gerry Marshall mean anything?,and the sobering fact that I've lumbered myself with 3 of the worthless  fuckers!

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Father_Crackers, in his youth, was an Escort licker (not that kind, shush you at the back) 

Started with (I think) a 1.3 GL or something. 

Swiftly moved that on and bought a Mexico, in the correct colour choice of bright orange with black decals. 

After a while with that one he bought a mate's RS2000 which I believe was white with blue stripes (might have been the other way round), with the requisite twin Cibie lamps up front and a fruity exhaust at the back. 

Sold the RS2000 (mistake!) and replaced it with a 1966 Series 2A Landy. Bit of a backwards step! 

He had the RS2000 aged 21 I believe, which makes me feel a right cock for still having my 1.6 dullsville Focus when I'm 4 weeks away from turning 20. I can't have anything as cool as that nowadays.

Will try and get hold of his photo album at some point, he's got some lovely pics of the various escorts he and his mates owned over the years. 

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This is going to be very picture heavy, although only one of mine, hopefully some of the others might help to explain the reason people are willing to pay so much for what on the surface is a very ordinary bread and butter saloon.

I was born in 1964 and the first rally car I remember was Andrew Cowan’s Hunter, although by 1971  I was writing about Hannu Mikkola and his Escort in a school ‘ My favourite Sportsman” exercise  . I remember Miss Philips reading it out as the only foreign one - and not a footballer. I soon became aware of Roger Clark 03AF5D36-A6D4-4480-8ACC-3594C1A34EB2.jpeg.78766aae022ae37c38d87fb9294b5f9b.jpegE35A8371-BCD3-481B-9721-A34D305DB884.thumb.jpeg.e546603c3fd7d88614cc768b0dc37ed1.jpegC1BE0C9F-1BDD-4491-8FAD-8B98EEC4BF62.jpeg.e267b0075b7512e0dcdb085d631ad8c7.jpeg

It wasn’t all rallying 

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As far as I know, there were no MK1 Escorts in popular TV programmes, to glamourise them. It was all Jensens, Astons and Ferraris in the early 70’s .

Back to me , the 1973 RAC Rally, I was 9 and convinced my Dad to take me spectating with his mates. There was a group of 4 in 2 cars;

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Both brand new and impossibly exciting to me , I remember the Citroen sounded like a racing car but watching the 1300E going sideways on the greasy Welsh lanes, it never occurred to me that the GS was right on its back bumper without any drama. Escorts took 1 2 3 of course with, to me, most of the field being Escorts, although I do remember a big arched Ascona 

About this time I was taken by an uncle to some production car trials one Sunday morning and amongst the MG Midgets, Anglian and Minis was a brand new , bright red Mexico. It was so good I was smitten again.

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It was identical to this, down to the 5 1/2 “ slotted rims.

I can’t be the only person with these sort of memories.

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2 hours ago, junkyarddog said:

The Viva looks a more modern than the Escort!

Slightly bigger too,how come Vivas are  now worth nothing at all,and Escorts are worth ££££'s.Doesn't the gallant efforts of the late Gerry Marshall mean anything?,and the sobering fact that I've lumbered myself with 3 of the worthless  fuckers!

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I also love the vivas and would have another tommorow but dont fret they are starting to rise in price 

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Great thread! I've always been a MK1/MK2 lover myself, which makes it all the more pathetic that I've only owned the one, and barely went anywhere in it!

First experience was in the early '80s. Dad had sold his L reg Hillman Avenger and bought a T reg Chrysler example. It was an ex police job, but was in great condition, apart from a bit of a tappety engine. Dad was persuaded by a local 'mechanic' that the engine was on its way out, due to the high mileage, and he had a 'good' engine ready to put in. Which was an absolute dog, shit starting, and never ran right. Defeated, Dad sold it at a loss, and needed a half decent, cheap car quickly as Mum had got a job at Billingham, meaning a 25 mile drive every day. My uncle Jimmy (him and Dad used to work on each others cars, but Jimmy was a Viva HC nut) got hold of an Escort MK1 estate, through a colleague at the fire station where he worked. PTO 715M was a very clean example for its age (8years old when we got it) though the shiny Sahara beige paint looked fairly recent and there looked like a couple of traces of filler here and there. What a bloody great car! Took mum to work and back 5 days a week, took us out on family trips and holidays, never needing more than the usual Sunday tinkering and servicing, and flew through the MOT, by all accounts it was rock solid underneath. It got a natty two tone paint job when Mum was turning right into a tight junction and caught the side on a MK3 Cortina bumper corner. Jimmy took it into the workshops at his work, filled the gouge along the sides, and painted the sides in Ford Roman bronze, up to the swage below the side windows. It looked pretty smart. Eventually it got traded in, in 1985 for a brand new B20 Nissan Sunny. The Escort soldiered on for another couple of years as a works van for a local window cleaner.

Mk1s & 2s were pretty much the default car of choice for the young lads around our way. Memorable ones which tickled this teenagers fancy in the late '80s - early '90s were

EWW 365H, 1300GT, white with red Mexico stripes, bubble arches and banded Lotus steels,

GVX 82N, 1300E, Jade green metallic, (nearly traded in my MK3 Escort for this one),

SKS 819T, This was a weird one, MK2 Mexico reshelled into a MK1, in primer with Mexico wings and wide superlite alloys. Was one of the quickest things in the area at the time. (The bloke that owned it would be my future boss when I went to work on the taxis!)

OXG 95M, (immaculate RS2000, white with blue stripes, guy has owned it now for over 30 years)

SOW 801N, Another RS2000, in THE colour scheme, Modena green with dark green stripes, white genuine Minilites with polished rims, quad Cibies up front and period Castrol windscreen sunstrip. Absolutely perfect.

GVN 685N, This was a customised one, that had had a bit of VW Cal-look type work done. De-bumpered and de chromed with smoothed front and rear valances, shaved door handles, rear light apertures welded over with new tail lights mounted behind circular holes, dropped on its arse, finished in peppermint green and running on RS 4 spokes with colour coded spokes (later on series 2 RS Turbo rims). Quite a well known car at the time, it was featured in a few car mags.

RHK 928M, a work colleague had this one. A 1300E 2 door that had been resprayed Daytona yellow. It looked just  gorgeous lowered 2" on polished RS 4 spokes, 1600 crossflow with 4-2-1 manifold, full Janspeed system, retrimmed fishnet Recaros and a pair of football sized Cibies. Sadly after a few years, and it was reaching the 25 year old mark, an MOT revealed that the sparkly stick would be needed, and that the strut brace was doing perhaps more work than it was designed for... Was swapped for a Mk2 Astra GTE.

And among the ones that got away,

PHL 730G, Early grey 1300cc van with Sun-Tor conversion. Think it was a retro-fit job as it had no side windows. Was up for sale at a local 'gravel lot with portakabin' dealer for £795 circa 1995. I was tempted but there looked like a lot of welded repairs with copious filler on the lower regions. But I had perverted ideas about the standard grey van exterior with lowered suspension, RS 4 spokes, fruity exhaust, etc,

OJR 585M, a tatty 2 door 1300L in white with period slotmags. Smithy, a local jack the lad who lived near us was smoking around in this one. For a 1300, it sounded quite lairy and certainly seemed to go well. He sold it to a lad called Shorty, a mate of my brother's, who was the go-to guy in our area for budget priced welding and mechanical repairs. He often bought shitters to do up and sell as well, and there was nowhere on an old Ford shell that he didn't know his way around. He got the required  bits of OJR done, resprayed it and MOTd it. I was taking driving lessons at the time, and once my brother heard that OJR was up for sale, he went to look over it. My brother had a bit of a reputation at the time as an "enthusiastic" driver (read- fucking maniac) and he came back saying "you are NOT buying that". It was a little bit naughty, being a 1300L shell with a 'built' 1760cc crossflow with twin Webers, going through a 1300 box and diff, strut brace, quick shift, 6 clock dash, and the rare RS centre console. It was quite a car but my brother was right, I'd have probably killed myself in it...

UXG 293J, getting nearer to my driving test now! In the local paper was an ad "MK1 Escort, recon engine, long MOT £295 Ono" That was the ad. It wasn't far so we went to have a look. It didn't look great, it had a horrible flat orange paint job with the roof in Matt black, both sides had been caught on a gatepost or similar and hadn't been filled very well before the paint job, and the bottom of the front wings looked a bit frilly. But! It was a 2 door! It had a 6 clock dash.  It had quarter bumpers. On looking underneath, I saw it had front discs, popped the bonnet and there was a remote servo. Could it be? Bloke came out with the log book, yup, 1300GT! Sadly the chances of the recent 'recon' engine being of equivalent GT spec were non existent. But, the underneath was rock solid, as were the front inner wings and strut tops (showing Goodwood green as the original colour). Sadly I forgot about this one and plumped for the rubbish MK1 Metro with MG bits I had looked at instead. Always kicked myself not getting the Escort though, especially when the bloke rang back the next week and said I could have it for £150 and Shorty said he could have had the bodywork sorted and sprayed in a couple of days...

Eventually, in 1995, I finally got hold of one. I was running around in a new Rover 100 at the time and was just starting to mod it a bit. I was seeing a girl in Hartlepool at the time, and every time I passed along Catcote Road, I saw VLY 484M, a Daytona yellow MK1 1300L 4 door parked up. After a while, a For Sale sign appeared. Over time the amount started to drop, once it dropped to £300, I had to stop and knock on the door.  I had a look around the car and I could not believe it. Wings, doors, sills, rear arches - like new. The rear panel had been replaced and the welding on the inside wasn't the tidiest, but it was solid enough. Only holes were one right in the middle of the front valance and a tiny bit of rot on one of the bonnet hinge panels. One of the best shells I have ever seen, shame it was a four door! Then, with the bonnet open I noticed, Shit! a servo! front discs! A 1600 crossflow with a 4-2-1 manifold! It went on... Swift big-bore exhaust, MK2 Ghia seats, RS 4 spokes (sadly the flat faced type, as seen on the Fiesta supersport) and four spare solid doors. The woman selling said she had only had banger racers at her door and if I wasn't going to banger race it, I could have it and the spare doors for £250. I couldn't get the cash out quick enough. The service history was amazing. It had one lady owner in Essex for the first 20 years and everything it needed, it got and everything was recorded. Piles of receipts for every oil change, waxoyling every few years, every time it had tyres (Mrs Moore must have been a quite sprightly old gal as she specified the front discs when new and she had a set of Rostyles with Goodyear Grand Prix S rubber fitted in 1979!). Only real problem it had was that the servo was knackered, and a replacement took some finding, one eventually turning up in a 1300E at the old H.G Block scrapyard in Gateshead. I got it MOTd and kept it at the back of the taxi yard I worked at. Sadly  I was working two jobs at the time and I barely had any spare time for a hobby car (nothing much has changed over the years). Before it deteriorated badly I put it up for sale. A guy from Sunderland phoned and  asked "the MK1 for sale, is the reg number VLY 484M?" It turned out he was previous-but-one owner, and he had done the body resto and the engine swap. He came up that afternoon in a Mk2 Cortina GT and a trailer, and it was away. I got back what I had spent on it, and sold the spare doors on later. Still regretted it.

I did like the one I eventually owned, just wish I'd had a few more as, barring a lottery win, there's no way I'll be having another!

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1 hour ago, AndyW201 said:

Great thread! I've always been a MK1/MK2 lover myself, which makes it all the more pathetic that I've only owned the one, and barely went anywhere in it!

First experience was in the early '80s. Dad had sold his L reg Hillman Avenger and bought a T reg Chrysler example. It was an ex police job, but was in great condition, apart from a bit of a tappety engine. Dad was persuaded by a local 'mechanic' that the engine was on its way out, due to the high mileage, and he had a 'good' engine ready to put in. Which was an absolute dog, shit starting, and never ran right. Defeated, Dad sold it at a loss, and needed a half decent, cheap car quickly as Mum had got a job at Billingham, meaning a 25 mile drive every day. My uncle Jimmy (him and Dad used to work on each others cars, but Jimmy was a Viva HC nut) got hold of an Escort MK1 estate, through a colleague at the fire station where he worked. PTO 715M was a very clean example for its age (8years old when we got it) though the shiny Sahara beige paint looked fairly recent and there looked like a couple of traces of filler here and there. What a bloody great car! Took mum to work and back 5 days a week, took us out on family trips and holidays, never needing more than the usual Sunday tinkering and servicing, and flew through the MOT, by all accounts it was rock solid underneath. It got a natty two tone paint job when Mum was turning right into a tight junction and caught the side on a MK3 Cortina bumper corner. Jimmy took it into the workshops at his work, filled the gouge along the sides, and painted the sides in Ford Roman bronze, up to the swage below the side windows. It looked smart. Eventually it got traded in, in 1985 for a brand new B210 Nissan Sunny. The Escort soldiered on for another couple of years as a works van for a local window cleaner.

Mk1s & 2s were pretty much the default car of choice for the young lads around our way. Memorable ones which tickled this teenagers fancy in the late '80s - early '90s were

EWW 365H (1300GT, white with red Mexico stripes with forest arches and banded Lotus steels),

GVX 82N (1300E, Jade green metallic, nearly traded in my MK3 Escort for this one),

SKS 819T, (weird one, MK2 Mexico reshelled into a MK1, in primer with Mexico wings and wide superlite alloys. Was one of the quickest things in the area at the time. The bloke that owned it would be my future boss when I went to work on the taxis!)

OXG 95M, (immaculate RS2000, white with blue stripes, guy has owned it for over 30 years)

SOW 801N, Another RS2000, in THE colour scheme, Modena green with dark green stripes, white minilites with polished spokes, and period Castrol windscreen sunstrip. Absolutely perfect.

GVN 685N, This was a customised one, that had had a bit of VW Cal-look type work done. De-bumpered and de chromed with smoothed front and rear valances, shaved door handles, rear light apertures welded over with new tail lights mounted behind circular holes, dropped on its arse, finished in peppermint green and running on RS 4 spokes with colour coded spokes (later series 2 RS Turbo rims). Quite a well known car at the time, it was featured in a few car mags.

RHK 982M, a work colleague had this one. A 1300E 2 door that had been resprayed Daytona yellow. It looked just  gorgeous lowered 2" on polished RS 4 spokes, 1600 crossflow with 4-2-1 manifold, full Janspeed system, retrimmed fishnet Recaros and a pair of football sized Cibies. Sadly after a few years, an MOT revealed that the sparkly stick would be needed, and that the strut brace was doing perhaps more work than it was designed for... Was swapped for a Mk2 Astra GTE.

And among the ones that got away,

PHL 730G, Early grey 1300cc van with Sun-Tor conversion. Think it was a retro-fit job as it had no side windows. Was up for sale at a local 'gravel lot with portakabin' dealer for £795 circa 1995. Was tempted but looked like a lot of welded repairs with copious filler on the lower regions. But I had perverted ideas about the standard grey van exterior with lowered suspension, RS 4 spokes, fruity exhaust, etc,

OJR 585M, a tatty 2 door 1300L in white with period slotmags. Smithy, a local jack the lad who lived near us was smoking around in this one. For a 1300, it sounded quite lairy and certainly seemed to go well. He sold it to a lad called Shorty, a mate of my brother's, who was the go-to guy in our area for budget priced welding and mechanical repairs. He often bought shitters to do up and sell as well, and there was nowhere on an old Ford shell that he didn't know his way around. He got the required  bits of OJR done, resprayed it and MOTd it. I was taking driving lessons at the time, and once my brother heard that OJR was up for sale, he went to look over it. My brother had a bit of a reputation at the time as an "enthusiastic" driver (read- fucking maniac) and he came back saying "you are NOT buying that". It was a little bit naughty, being a 1300L shell with a 'built' 1760cc crossflow with twin Webers going through a 1300 box and diff, strut brace, quick shift, 6 clock dash, the rare RS centre console. It was quite a car but my brother was right, I'd have probably killed myself in it...

UXG 293J, getting nearer to my driving test now! In the local paper was an ad "MK1 Escort, recon engine, long MOT £295 Ono" That was the ad. It wasn't far so we went to have a look. It didn't look great, it had a horrible flat orange paint job with the roof in Matt black, both sides had been caught on a gatepost or similar and hadn't been filled very well before the paint job, the bottom of the front wings looked a bit frilly. But, it was a 2 door! It had a 6 clock dash.  It had quarter bumpers. On looking underneath, I saw it had front discs, popped the bonnet and there was a remote servo. Could it be? Bloke came out with the log book, yup, 1300GT! Sadly the chances of the recent 'recon' engine being of equivalent GT spec were non existent. But, the underneath was rock solid, as were the front inner wings and strut tops (showing Goodwood green as the original colour). Sadly I forgot about this one and plumped for the rubbish MK1 Metro with MG bits I had looked at instead. Always kicked myself not getting the Escort though, especially when the bloke rang back the next week and said I could have it for £150 and Shorty said he could have had the bodywork sorted and sprayed in a couple of days...

Eventually, in 1995, I finally got hold of one. I was running around in a new Rover 100 at the time and was just starting to mod it a bit. I was seeing a girl in Hartlepool at the time, and every time I passed along Catcote Road, I saw VLY 484M, a Daytona yellow MK1 1300L 4 door parked up. After a while, a For Sale sign appeared. Over time the amount started to drop, once it dropped to £300, I had to stop and knock on the door.  I had a look around and I could not believe it. Wings, doors, sills, rear arches - like new. The rear panel had been replaced and the welding on the inside wasn't the tidiest, but it was solid enough. Only holes were one right in the middle of the front valance and a tiny bit of rot one of the bonnet hinge panels. One of the best shells I have ever seen, shame it was a four door! Then with the bonnet open I noticed, Shit! a servo! front discs! A 1600 crossflow with a 4-2-1 manifold! It went on... Swift big-bore exhaust, MK2 Ghia seats, RS 4 spokes (sadly the flat faced type, as seen on the Fiesta supersport) and four spare solid doors. The woman selling said she had only had banger racers at her door and if I wasn't going to banger race it, I could have it and the spare doors for £250. I couldn't get the cash out quick enough. The service history was amazing. It had one lady owner in Essex for the first 20 years and everything it needed, it got and everything was recorded. Piles of receipts for every oil change, waxoyling every few years, every time it had tyres (Mrs Moore must have been quite an old gal as she specified the front discs when new and she had a set of Rostyles with Goodyear Grand Prix S rubber fitted in 1979!). Only real problem it had was that the servo was knackered, and a replacement took some finding, one eventually turning up in a 1300E at the old H.G Block scrapyard in Gateshead. I got it MOTd and kept it at the back of the taxi yard I worked at. Sadly  I was working two jobs at the time and I barely had any spare time for a hobby car (nothing much has changed over the years). Before it deteriorated badly I put it up for sale. A guy from Sunderland phoned and  asked "the MK1 for sale, is the reg number VLY 484M?" It turned out he was previous-but-one owner, and he had done all the body resto and the engine swap. He came up that afternoon in a Mk2 Cortina GT and a trailer, and it was away. 

I did like the one I eventually owned, just wish I'd had a few more as, barring a lottery win, there's no way I'll be having another!

VLY last taxed in 98. Shame - I'd have thought values were slowly starting to pick up at that point.

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The estates were a really nicely proportioned thing, and Ford were producing some excellent metallics throughout the Mk1s run.  They're a smart bit of design.  Round headlights work best when paired with the full polished grille while the square ones look best with the black insert grille.  Plain hubcaps looked nicer to my eye than the body coloured ones which managed to look too fussy on the Escort in a way they didn't on things like the Granada.

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Front bumper is always an oddity.  Generally, they look better with the quarter bumpers because you can make the number plate look like it belongs on the front, the full width bumper always made the number plate placement look a bit odd.  Only abiding memory of the venerable old Escort is a family friend who had a super shonky one with a buggered starter motor.

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My dad was in crash repair in about 1980 and would buy insurance write offs which came in to his workshop. He had been driving a mark 2 Cortina estate and a blue mark 2 Escort estate came in with a hard front.  It was written off and he bought the salvage to repair and use himself as the Cortina was getting a bit tatty.  The problem was that the Escort was a 1300, and he found it a bit slow.  Fortunately,  the Cortina was still in the corner of the yard so he pulled the 1600 engine out of the Cortina and dropped into the Escort.  Things were simpler then and it took about half a day. What a great car.  Current prices are crazy, though.

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6 hours ago, vulgalour said:

The estates were a really nicely proportioned thing, and Ford were producing some excellent metallics throughout the Mk1s run

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Always loved the MK1/2 estate, I had one for many years but it never got completed. That colour ^ is Aquatic Jade, very unusual on an Escort, was a Cortina color. My dad's 1600E was that colour

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Just read a thread on the blue about the WD mk1. Real shame they didn't repaint it in the original Roman bronze; would have looked way classier. Current owner has done the usual predictable modifications which is a shame. Straight looking car though. You can tell Ed wasn't doing p38 and aerosol repairs* by this point. 

https://forum.retro-rides.org/thread/199943/1972-ford-wheeler-dealers

 

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And how it could have looked..

 

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6 hours ago, bunglebus said:

This one is a Lotus Elan floorpan with a full fibreglass body from Old Ford Auto Services

That is amazing! I had no idea anyone was making complete composite body shells. Brilliant.

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6 hours ago, Dick Longbridge said:

Just read a thread on the blue about the WD mk1. Real shame they didn't repaint it in the original Roman bronze; would have looked way classier. Current owner has done the usual predictable modifications which is a shame. Straight looking car though. You can tell Ed wasn't doing p38 and aerosol repairs* by this point. 

https://forum.retro-rides.org/thread/199943/1972-ford-wheeler-dealers

 

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And how it could have looked..

 

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Yeah it’s nice to see one in an unusual colour. I expect a lot get painted yellow or red or whatever to appeal to a wide audience instead of oddballs like is that would actually pay extra to have a brown or beige car. 

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24 minutes ago, garbaldy said:

This is the last one I did which ended up sold to the car cave,   I've got finished pics on the lappy so I should really update the thread as it was another lhd converted to rhd same as the green mk2.

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My next one waiting patiently on the shelf.

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Where did you source them from? 

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