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Don't know if any of you have seen this yet.

You can (or will soon be able to) buy a brand new Mk2 Ford Escort from MST.

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Fitted as standard with a 2.5 Duratec producing around 200BHP, but you can upgrade to either a BDG or Millington, giving you around 300BHP to the rear wheels.

Apparently they are also going to be doing the same with a Mk1 Escort too!

I would choose this over ANY supercar to be honest.

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I want one,preferably the Mk1 though 👍
 

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I used to live in South Africa and back around 1993 I was doing some work at a bank and was parked in their basement parking where I noticed a very dusty white 1979 RS2000. I found the owner who was a very wealthy market trader who had purchased it as a project a few years prior but never did anything with it. He sold it to me for R2000 (+- £500 at the time). It was 100% original inside complete with the recaro bucket seats, had a completely reworked Cologne 2L single overhead engine (same as the one they fitted to the Cortina) with a slightly warm cam, head had been flowed and a 36mm dual throat webber carb and stainless steel straight exhaust with expanded manifold header AND ZERO rust. (There is no rust in Johannesburg, I have worked on 1950 Ford Anglia's where every nut and bolt still looked like the day they came out the factory). It went like absolute stink, had to pull off in 2nd as wheels just spun in first. Gifted it to my wife to replace her very standard Escort Mk2 1.6GL but she did nothing but ***** about it...seats too uncomfortable, seat belt hurt her boob, too loud, gave her a headache. Eventually I got so pissed off with the moaningI sold it for R5000 (£1250 at the time) and bought her a Golf. If only I had known then that I would be living in the UK 4 years later and how their value would explode I would have kept it :(
 

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I used to live in South Africa and back around 1993 I was doing some work at a bank and was parked in their basement parking where I noticed a very dusty white 1979 RS2000. I found the owner who was a very wealthy market trader who had purchased it as a project a few years prior but never did anything with it. He sold it to me for R2000 (+- £500 at the time). It was 100% original inside complete with the recaro bucket seats, had a completely reworked Cologne 2L single overhead engine (same as the one they fitted to the Cortina) with a slightly warm cam, head had been flowed and a 36mm dual throat webber carb and stainless steel straight exhaust with expanded manifold header AND ZERO rust. (There is no rust in Johannesburg, I have worked on 1950 Ford Anglia's where every nut and bolt still looked like the day they came out the factory). It went like absolute stink, had to pull off in 2nd as wheels just spun in first. Gifted it to my wife to replace her very standard Escort Mk2 1.6GL but she did nothing but * about it...seats too uncomfortable, seat belt hurt her boob, too loud, gave her a headache. Eventually I got so pissed off with the moaningI sold it for R5000 (£1250 at the time) and bought her a Golf. If only I had known then that I would be living in the UK 4 years later and how their value would explode I would have kept it :(

and sold the wife instead ?
 

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Great car. My girlfriends Dad had one in the early 90's.

Love the old Fords. They should do that with Sapphire Cosworths and Cavalier Turbos.
Make brand new ones.

Had to pull away in 2nd or it span the wheels, sorry but no car would do that if you pull away normally :D
 

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surly your a marcus hayes fan then ?
Sorry never heard of him before but a quick Google search shows he is a bit of a Ford fan. I am not a particular Ford fan. I liked the RS2000 but not as much as the Cortina Mk3 XLE Big Six 3L I had before that. Ford South Africa, just like Ford Australia made localised models that the UK never got. The XLE Big Six was fitted with the Essex 3L V6 engine, in fact they used this same engine through Cortina generations 3,4 and 5 and it went on into the Sierra's and the Sapphires which were called XR6. They also made the XR8 Sierra which had the Windsor 302 V8 from the Mustang.
 

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Had to pull away in 2nd or it span the wheels, sorry but no car would do that if you pull away normally :D
Agreed. Even in the pouring rain, with sh1t bald tyres covered in Lurpak.

Truth of the matter is, by modern standards, the RS 2000 was very slow indeed. Even BREATHED ON Pintos (with fancy cams and carbs) were only making 130-140 bhp.
 

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Agreed. Even in the pouring rain, with sh1t bald tyres covered in Lurpak.

Truth of the matter is, by modern standards, the RS 2000 was very slow indeed. Even BREATHED ON Pintos (with fancy cams and carbs) were only making 130-140 bhp.
No mine was very quick. Maybe the South African built ones used different ratios because 1st was very short and very hard. Could possibly even have been the previous owners had done something with the ratios. That's the thing with used cars of this type, you never know what you are inheriting. Still was a lot of fun. I would have kept it but was rebuilding a 1969 Ford Mustang at the time and couldn't justify it.
 

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No mine was very quick. Maybe the South African built ones used different ratios because 1st was very short and very hard. Could possibly even have been the previous owners had done something with the ratios. That's the thing with used cars of this type, you never know what you are inheriting.
Oh good lord.
 
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Nice car! So much cooler than a fat Chelsea Tractor or such that some people spend £70k on. (y):) Don't think my racing snake figure will fit in the bucket seats though!
 

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Nice car! So much cooler than a fat Chelsea Tractor or such that some people spend £70k on. (y):) Don't think my racing snake figure will fit in the bucket seats though!
Looks great dunnit!

I was more of a fan of the MK1 shape, but I've grown in to preferring the MK2 now.
 

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MK1 with it's curvy hip line was really nice. Used to be able to get them in a cool purple colour too! :)

In 1995 I had a beige 1976 MK2 Ghia 1.3 4dr. Winyl roof, fake wood and a rev counter. I bought it from the original owner and paid £130 for it !(y) I can only imagine what it would be worth now. Looked like this, only a lot rougher and rusty.

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Back then, a rev counter was quite a posh thing, on a smaller family car!
 

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Tell kids today eh? :LOL: The first car I had with a rev counter was a 1980 Peugot 305 SR. Such a comfy car.
These days even entry level poverty spec cars come with more stuff than I want.
Soooooo much spec on modern cars now!

My first rev-countered car was a 1988 Nova 1.3 SR.

I remember as a 9 year old kid in the 83, getting excited that my dad was getting a new Cavalier 1.6 L fleet car,.....and it had FRONT HEADREASTS AND A CASSETTE PLAYER!!!

Many magnificent wonders were still out of reach on that car though,...so still no electric windows/central locking/electric mirrors/rear seatbelts/tinted glass/sunroof/rear armrest/rev counter/alloy wheels/velour upholstery/front foglights/coachline pinstripe/adjustable steering column etc,...........though it did have a PASSENGER MIRROR!! :oops::geek:
 
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