Ford Escort Mk1 Mexico    

UYN 650 M (Corgi Model in 1/43 Scale)

Year: 1973
Make: Ford
Model: Escort Mk1 Mexico

Event: Corgi Models

New for 2018 from Corgi is this delightful model in Sebring Red.

With the number VA09523, it’s priced at £27.99, but it’s no longer available direct from Corgi.

Ford produced 10,352 Mexicos at their ‘Advanced Vehicle Operations’ (A.V.O.) facility in Aveley, Essex, between late 1970 and early 1975. It utilised the heavy-duty Type 49 bodyshell of the Boreham-built works rally car but substituted their powerful, complex, and expensive engine with the simple, reliable ‘Kent’ unit. The Mexico was named in tribute to Ford’s win on the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally with an Escort of that specification. Few have survived in original condition because many were used for motorsport however, the custodian of the immaculate car modelled, Emma Balaam (Secretary of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs), believes it’s never been comprehensively restored or seriously damaged; a rare survivor.

The car was first registered in October 1973 and Ford enthusiast Emma, whose Dad Norman Saitch worked at the Dagenham Plant, purchased it in October 2000. She admits it was ‘love at first site’, although viewing it with husband Paul (a Mk2 RS2000 owner) and well-known marque authority Kerry Sealey meant she was assured it was a very sound car; both were impressed by its originality, especially the Clubman Pack interior in very rare, 1973 model year only, grey Beta cloth. Unfortunately, an alternator failure led to a fraught trip home from Warwickshire to Essex and a 4.30am arrival. Emma has since had the original engine rebuilt to factory specification and was thrilled to receive 5, gift-wrapped, correct Ford RS 4-spoke alloys for Christmas!
Engine: 1599cc 4IL
OHV Power: 86bhp@5500rpm
Torque: 92lb.ft@4000rpm
Maximum speed: 99mph
0-60mph: 10.7secs
Weight: 1965lbs

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