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There still a fair num­ber of Mk1 Es­corts out there, but buy with both eyes wide open. Rust is the Es­cort’s big­gest en­emy. Plus, if it’s a per­for­mance ver­sion, in­spect closely for ac­ci­dent dam­age and/or bodged re­pairs. For­tu­nately, the Mk1 is well served by spe­cial­ists. If you are not wor­ried about pe­riod orig­i­nal­ity, you can up­grade us­ing a more modern Ford en­gines (Zetec/Du­ratec/YB).

How­ever, Es­corts are no longer a bud­get buy. In fact, they haven’t been for quite some time. Ex­pect to pay hand­somely, even for a ‘poverty spec’ ex­am­ple. And, should you de­sire the gen­uine item, be­ware. Some un­scrupu­lous sell­ers have ‘faked’ Twin Cams, RS1600s and the like, and buy­ers have been caught out. Seek ad­vice from the AVO and RSOC Own­ers Clubs.

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