Ford Escort Mk2 RS Mexico    

YNK 92 S (Corgi Model in 1/43 Scale)

Year: 1978
Make: Ford
Model: Escort Mk2 RS Mexico

Event: Corgi Models

New for 2019 from Corgi is this delightful model in Signal Red.

With the number VA12615, it’s priced at £27.99 but is sold out from Corgi.

Perhaps try a local Corgi stockists or ebay.

The Mexico was the entry-level Mk2 RS Escort but is amongst the rarest. All 2,290 produced in Saarlouis, West Germany, were RHD UK-market cars, and the Ford RS Owners Club (RSOC) believe that approximately 10% still exist. Most survivors have been modified but the car modelled is an exception as when current owner, Hertfordshire-based Loyd Gerken, had it comprehensively restored by Escort specialist Mark Carless in 2010 he elected to keep it largely original, save for improved brakes and, because genuine items are impossible to find, Bilstein dampers. Amazingly, because he was careful to change the oil regularly and always blow an airline through the spray bar, the car still has its original camshaft!

The Mexico was first registered in April 1978 by Ford RS dealers Tricentrol in Dunstable. Loyd bought it with help from his parents Keith and Shirley in 1979 and used it as his main transport for many years covering over 120,000 miles. Being a late car it has very unusual badging with a Ford oval badge on the grille and bootlid in place of the more usual FORD lettering, and no 1.6 badges on the front wings. Loyd was a founder member of the RSOC and was proud to be made an honorary life member in 2010 in recognition of his club work. He’s also a National Standard MSA Scrutineer and uses the Mexico for fine weather outings to motorsport events and shows.

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