1991 Ford Escort GT May Not Have Power, But is Corny Beyond its Years [video]
In the pantheon of cheese-ball car adverts, there are different types that qualify. There are the funny over the top ads, and there are the ads that have a sense of humor about themselves. This ad is neither of those things– as it falls into the “so serious its kinda funny” category. Only an Escort could pull this off. The 1991 Ford Escort is a lot of things. A car? Yes. Fully enclosed? You bet. Room for some people? Sure! But the one thing it is not is sporty. But don’t tell the advertisers in 1991 that. The Escort GT was promoted as the sporty version of the anemic hatchback. The base engine was a 1.9-liter inline-4, but if you got the GT it was a smaller 1.8- but from a different company. While the 1.9-liter had a total of eight valves (one in and one out per cylinder) and made 88, the GT’s Mazda-sourced engine had 16 valves and put out a whopping 127 horsepower. RELATED: See photos of the 2013 Ford Escort Concept
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Take that added power and create one of the most quintessentially 1990’s aesthetics, and you have the only car that would possibly play a role in this TV spot. “If you. Hunger. For Power…Dinner. Is. Served” I can’t say power is for supper, but there is a healthy helping of cheese on the dinner table.
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