THE ES­SEN­TIAL BUYER’S GUIDES: RS Cos­worth Sierra & Escort, and Es­corts Mk 1 & 2.

Classic Driver - - HOLMAN -

Both books by Dan Wil­liamson, pub­lished by­ 2013. Re­view copies pro­vided by Ve­loce. This great se­ries of 64 page pock­et­sized books just keeps grow­ing. Here are two ends of the fairly re­cent Ford spec­trum: the multi-seller Es­corts, and their far more ex­otic tur­bopow­ered cousins. The usual for­mat is fol­lowed with some re­ally use­ful info on the var­i­ous mod­els, their pluses & mi­nuses, whether you should look for im­mac­u­late or scruffy, and the dif­fi­cul­ties of sourc­ing some parts.

Wil­liamson seems to know his stuff and isn’t afraid to point out some of the less de­sir­able as­pects of these cars. Af­ter the sug­gested ‘stay or walk away’ test, the books then go into the reg­u­lar 90 minute se­ri­ous eval­u­a­tion where he works through from steer­ing and cool­ing sys­tems to in­stru­ments and body­work, with words and pho­tos to show what to look out for in ev­ery cat­e­gory- and then score the car ac­cord­ingly. He has a great turn of phrase at times, like “Es­corts rot. A lot” or “Hun­dreds of tur­bos have ex­ited the high­way in a back­wards di­rec­tion, so it’s not un­usual to see signs of ac­ci­dent dam­age in the lug­gage com­part­ment.” The au­thor is knowl­edge­able and en­thu­si­as­tic about these mod­els, but he clearly wants to help you get the best one pos­si­ble. Tak­ing his ad­vice is likely to save a lot of grief!

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