Produced between 1968 and 1975, the Ford Escort Mark 1 didn’t feature ground-breaking specs, but thanks to its lightweight construction and smart engineering, it went on to become a multiple winner in rally racing, including the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally.
This delicious 1974 Ford Escort MK1 ($Auction) you see here has been fitted with a 206hp Julian Godfrey Engineering modified 2 litre FIA racing engine, which should provide enough power to shoot Escort’s light weight (1,690 lbs) to neck-bending speeds. Included in the long list of modifications there’s a reinforced body, fiberglass hood and trunk, laminated windshield and perspex windows, ZF 5 speed gearbox, Atlas rear axle, floating half shafts, Monte Carlo AP Brakes, hydraulic handbrake, adjustable braking, Bilstein coilovers, reinforced AP racing clutch, automatic extinguisher, 8×15 Wheels, and more. All this extensive work costed at over $150K to complete, and the result is a “perfectly balanced, amazingly restored, super super quick” vehicle. Watch the video below to see this bad boy in action. [via]