BUY­ING TIPS

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Classic Car Tours -

Make very sure you’re buy­ing the real thing and not a mod­ded 1300 with pa­per­work from a to­talled RS. Ex­pert help is a good idea.

By the same to­ken, be wary of cars with sketchy his­tory files. They’ve al­ways been owned by en­thu­si­asts so ex­pect plenty of pa­per­work.

Un­less the price is right, make sure the en­gine is in tip-top con­di­tion; re­build­ing a BDA can be a very ex­pen­sive ex­er­cise.

As with all fast Fords it’s not un­usual to find mods. Talk to those in the know to find out what af­fects value and what’s con­sid­ered OK

As with all rear-drive Es­corts rust is a big en­emy, so check the in­tegrity of the shell and the qual­ity of past re­pair work.

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