1974 Ford Es­cort 1300 XL

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD IT? It was given to me some time around 1993/’94 and it was the car in which I learned to drive. Be­fore that it was my mum’s car – she bought for just £100 some­time in the 1980s from a lo­cal friend. It’s a four-door, not an­other twodoor RS wannabe, but that makes it eas­ier to get the kids in the back when we take her out for a spin.

The ‘XL’ badge means that over the ba­sic ‘L’ model it got rec­tan­gu­lar head­lamps, a bit more chrome, and slightly plusher in­te­rior trim ma­te­rial, along with a cig­a­rette lighter and a van­ity mir­ror in the sun vi­sor. The vinyl roof would have been a £17.77 op­tion when the car was new. HOW MUCH HIS­TORY? It was re­sprayed in 1995 (a gift for my 18th birth­day) once we’d had the usual rust cut out of it. At the same time we had the steer­ing rack re­fur­bished and the brake mas­ter cylin­der re­placed. I have a folder full of old tax discs and MoTs that con­firm the 83,000 miles it is cur­rently show­ing. The in­te­rior is com­pletely mint. WHAT’S LEFT TO DO ON IT? Rust is start­ing to creep back in so that will cer­tainly need sort­ing. I’m also think­ing about get­ting the en­gine re­built and maybe get­ting the valve seats done as I’m just us­ing un­leaded with­out any lead-re­place­ment ad­di­tives at the mo­ment. POW­ERED BY HAS IT BEEN MOD­I­FIED? Dur­ing the time I’ve had the car I’ve fit­ted the pe­riod-style 13in Minilite al­loys, it’s been low­ered by two inches all round and I’ve fit­ted a four-branch ex­haust man­i­fold and two-inch twin-box ex­haust, which has a ‘taste­ful’ sound.

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