“The Escort became one of the best selling cars in the world”
The Ford Escort is a very popular small family car that was manufactured by Ford of Europe from 1968 until 2000. During this time the Escort was frequently the best-selling car in Britain during the 1980s and 1990s. A total of more than 4.1 million Escorts of all generations were sold there over a period of 33 years.
A large choice of models were available in the NZ Escort range including a 1600 reserved for Sport and Ghia models. A three-speed automatic transmission was available as an option for most 1.3 and 1.6-litre models. Unlike Australia, the Escort and Cortina ranges sold well and often topped the monthly car sales lists. An update was given for the range for 1979, which notably involved the addition of the Ghia model, the adoption of the GL’s square headlights on the lower end models, Ford blue oval badging, and sport wheels on the L and GL. For 1980, all Ghia models gained standard alloy wheels.
This original example is truly “one out of the box” having been sold new in Christchurch and still being a Canterbury car. Unmolested examples like this are rare and very hard to find especially having only traveled a genuine 96 000 km.
This car really must be viewed to be appreciated.
BAINS CLASSIC MOTOR HOUSE is a low volume boutique classic car broker. Viewing of vehicles is by appointment only in our North Canterbury located Motor House.