Owner’s View GeOf

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying Guide -

A 1971 Es­cort 1300XL is one of three clas­sics in Geof Wil­son’s fleet, along­side pre-war and post-war Mor­ris Mi­nors. Says Geof: ‘I tend to use my clas­sics ev­ery day as I love to drive cars with­out lots of elec­tron­ics – plus older cars have much bet­ter all-round vis­i­bil­ity. The Es­cort MkI is the ideal ev­ery­day clas­sic as it’s very prac­ti­cal, great fun to drive and it’s eco­nom­i­cal too. Also, if you buy a good one, in­creases in value will help off­set the run­ning costs. Rou­tine ser­vic­ing is cheap; a Mahle oil fil­ter costs just £1.69 and DIY main­te­nance is sim­ple. I’m the fourth owner of the Es­cort pic­tured, hav­ing bought it a year ago. With un­der 67,000 miles the car is largely orig­i­nal but it’s fit­ted with new front wings and I’ve tweaked the sus­pen­sion so the car is even bet­ter to drive.’

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