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Chris Hough

Ford Escort Mexico

Ford Escort Mexico

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This captivating Ford Escort Mexico art piece transports us to an era when the concept of GTI makeovers for regular cars was yet to emerge. However, it can be considered one of the pioneering predecessors to the GTI trend. Allow us to shed light on its remarkable history.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, there was a surge of what we can refer to as "halo modifications" – these were sporty models that brought motorsport technologies to the mass market. The Ford Escort Mexico occupied a position just below the prestigious halo cars. It was not only more affordable than the Ford Escort RS1600 but also slightly less potent. However, what truly set it apart was its exceptional driving experience, which rivaled the rally-bred RS version of the original European Escort. It delivered sheer driving joy.

The Ford Escort Mexico's story takes us to 1970 when the London-Mexico rally took place. The rally was a tribute to the host cities of the 1966 and 1970 World Cups. To everyone's amazement, the rally was clinched by Hannu Mikkola behind the wheel of a Ford Escort. What's more, the same Ford Escort RS occupied impressive 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 8th positions. It's no wonder that the Ford UK marketing team was eager to introduce the Escort Mexico as swiftly as possible.

While the Escort Mexico borrowed some components from its rally-bred counterpart, it featured a less powerful engine. Instead of the Lotus-bred Kent engine, it housed a more modest Kent pushrod production mill with a modest output of 86 horsepower. In today's terms, this might not seem like much, but its 10.7-second acceleration time was quite impressive, especially considering the Escort Mexico's affordability during its time. It offered a blend of comfort, economy, and utility, while still delivering an exhilarating driving experience. In many ways, it foreshadowed the spirit of the Golf GTI and 205 GTI that would emerge a decade later.

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Chris Hough

Chris Hough, hailing from Birmingham, Motor City UK, shares a curious resemblance with products emerging from his birthplace in the seventies—beige, a bit reluctant in the mornings, and with a body that tends to deteriorate swiftly when neglected. His introduction to the automotive world came courtesy of a father who not only drove the family car too swiftly but also participated in rallying a Lancia in Africa, fostering a deep love for motorsport. Beyond his role as a full-time Graphic Designer and Illustrator, Chris dedicates his free time to crafting images of cars or indulging in high-speed motorbike adventures, often circling around in circles with exhilaration.
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