Threlkeld Leys (UK)

Classic Ford - - TOP TWENTY -

This must be the small­est, the most ba­sic, and the most ru­ral of them all, be­cause it was Mal­colm Wil­son’s home! In 1997 and 1998, on be­half of Ford, M-Sport built, ran, and sold the Es­cort World Rally Car — which was ded­i­cated purely to in­ter­na­tional ral­ly­ing. Like Bore­ham, many of these cars were orig­i­nally works ma­chines, but a num­ber of cus­tomer cars were also con­structed and sold. To make them, M-Sport started with stan­dard Es­cort RS Cos­worths, the trans­formed them into very dif­fer­ent road-le­gal ma­chines. Be­tween 50 and 70 were pro­duced be­fore M-Sport moved on to Fo­cus WRCs.

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