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Friday, 20 February 2015


Registration: AKE 150J
Chassis Number: CK49K078568
Engine Number: EG 11158
Number of cylinders: 4
Year of Manufacture: 1971
No Reserve

From the start of the Escort range Ford had intended to produce sporting versions of its new model; the first of this special breed of Escort was the Lotus engined Twin-Cam. The Twin-Cam used the same 1558cc engine as the Lotus Cortina. This meant 110bhp and a top speed of 115mph. Externally there was little difference between the Escort Twin-Cam and its tamer sister, the Escort GT. A reinforced bodyshell with wider wheel arches and quarter bumpers hid the uprated suspension and front disc brakes were standard equipment. The  Escort Twin-Cam was conceived and developed by Ford's Boreham based competitions department during 1967 and unleashed on an unsuspecting public during January 1968; going on to achieve many international race and rally victories during its short production life. Ford entered their first event with the Escort, taking part in the new formula of motorsport, Rallycross and also entering at an event at Croft (still used today), the Escort Twin-Cam won 4 races out right. The Ford works team was practically unbeatable in the late 1960's and 1970's with, arguably, the Escort's greatest victory in the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally. In total, just 883 Escort Twin-Cams were built before production ended to make way for the RS1600.
This original road-specification Escort Twin-Cam is a 1971 example finished in copper red with black interior. Built on the CKD Australian assembly line, it was sold to Auckland, New Zealand in March 1973. The New Zealand registration document shows changes of keepers and even a mileage log between '73 and the early 1990s. The car was at one time owned and raced by Richard McCathy in New Zealand. It was imported into the UK in 2002 and has remained in private collections since. Supplied with an excellent history file detailing expenditure over the years, the engine was fully rebuilt to race standards in 2011 with Gilmore drive, Edgel works head, lightened and balanced crankshaft and twin 45 Webber carburettors. When starting the engine it is immediately clear that this Escort means business, firing up with a reassuring but menacing bark.
The interior is finished to standard specification with auto sport master seats in very good condition. The bodywork is presented in good order but requires a paint touch up on the nearside rear wheel arch due to a chip. However, this car has clearly been loved over the years, as demonstrated by a number of email exchanges between former owners. Buyers are encouraged to contact the office for a full analysis of the vehicle. This lovely example of a fast-appreciating model is guided without reserve and presented in this rare colour combination, you will certainly stand out from the crowd of Ermine White Twin-Cam owners. It is supplied with a current MoT certificate, UK registration papers, Twin-Cam owner's handbook and some bills and receipts in the history file.

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