THE ESSENTIAL BUYER’S GUIDES: RS Cosworth Sierra & Escort, and Escorts Mk 1 & 2.
Both books by Dan Williamson, published by www.veloce.co.uk 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!