1972 Ford Escort MK1 – RS Mexico



Item Specifics:

Year: 1972 Fuel: Petrol
Manufacturer: Ford Power: 140
Model: Escort mexico Seats: 4
Doors: 2 Drive Side: Right-hand drive
Colour: Blue V5 Registration Document: Present
Engine Size: 20,000 Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom
Transmission: Manual Type: Hot Rod


Up for sale is one 1971 Ford Escort MK1 Rally Sport made in Mexico.  For all you aficionados, the Mexican-Made RS is a very desirable usable classic car, loads of fun to drive and very cool.  Probably not one for the purists due to modifications (see below specifications)


Car owned for 7 years and in that time continued to improve and maintain it whilst having a lot of fun with it, however due to family commitments it has done less than 4000 miles in that time and as I’m not getting the use from it the time has come to sell. It can do ¼ mile in under 16 sec.



  • 2.0l SOHC pinto engine with big valve head (unconfirmed fitted by previous owner) with burton alloy rocker cover, burton uprated engine mounts
  • RS alloy sump, bell housing and alt bracket
  • Single 48 DGAS Webber carb rebuilt this year    pipercross air filter
  • Burton high torque starter 1 year old
  • Burton high amp alternator less than 6 month old
  • Electronic ignition distributor, new leads and plugs
  • Electric fan, new LSD 4 years ago rs 2000 1 piece prop shaft
  • Type 9 5sp gear box with new clutch and cable 1 year ago
  • Adjustable front coil overs with Alloy hubs new bearings
  • New rear springs and shocks 3 years ago
  • Poly bushes throughout       Full stainless jan speed exhaust
  • New quick rack steering , new adjustable TCAs 3 years ago
  • Willwood 6 pot callipers with vented  discs new braided hoses
  • New shoes and cylinders at rear  New battery 1 year ago
  • Carbon fibre front quarter bumpers and rear bumper
  • Carbon fibre interior door cards Bluetooth head unit 2x 6×9 speakers in rear and 2x 5in in front
  • New carpet 3 years ago  roll bar hoop bolted in
  • Cobra racing seats still fold forward and rear is removable
  • New front seat belts fitted 4 years ago and rears fitted
  • Comes with full harnesses that can be clipped in and out to eye bolts in 5 min
  • LED headlights angle eye and most other bulbs changed to led
  • Clear export type indicator lens
  • Has been de- locked and doors operate on remote alarm with solenoids

Comes with ;

  • 1x Set of 4 steel later type Mexico wheels no tyres
  • 1x  set of 4 7j RS 4 spokes alloys with Yokohama ad048 road legal /track slick tyres
  • Various other spares / bits and pieces

Things to consider:

  • The shell is not genuine type 49 I was told that it was replaced by previous owner in 1980s following rallying incident
  • Following carb rebuild and electronic ign modifications it would benefit from professional tunning and set up as not running as sweetly as it should
  • There are rust bubbles on bonnet top, front slam panel  and rear arches and paintwork requires some attention
  • Floor has been welded and patched but all been done well and is solid, has been undersealed
  • Door solenoids sticking and doesn’t always unlock at first (lack of use I believe)
  • Front wings are fibreglass and one has crack on top