1974 Ford Escort MK1 Restored To Its Former Glory; Promptly Does Donuts

Here in America, the Ford Escort is primarily associated with automotive punishment. It was a total tin can, devoid of any redeeming qualities, and certainly would not be thought of as a classic by any means. But in Europe—more specifically the United Kingdom, it's a completely different story. The Escort Mark 1 arrived in late 1967, and has remained in the hearts and minds of rally fans ever since. Though I may not be from the U.K., my pulse quickened when my eyes came across this phenomenally restored 1974 Escort MK 1 sliding around an empty warehouse. This is a well-executed restoration that not only brings a classic back to life, but begs for proper use. The lightweight Group 4 body is paired with a 2.0-liter FIA racing engine making 206 horsepower, which is sent to the rear wheels via a 5-speed ZF manual transmission. There's a hydraulic handbrake to be yanked when approaching a sharp corner, and Bilstein coilovers to help keep the shiny side up when you get a little to handbrake happy. RELATED: Ken Block's 1978 Ford Escort Mk2 is One Mean Machine
CoolnVintage notes the €135,000 build cost, and two hours of use, so expect this Escort to require a large financial commitment. If you can handle that, I'd say go for it, because this car is wonderfully unique, and you'll be able to have a whole lot of fun in it. There are few better ways I can think of to spend one's money than on a legendary rally car that has been thoughtfully restored. RELATED: See Photos of the 1996 Ford Escort