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Why just WHY???? Anyway first car I had with a rev counter was a yellow with a black vinyl roof MK3 Cortina GXL brand new straight from Dagenham as it happens. I had to go and pick it up. This was back in the early seventies. I drove that car to Krefeld in Germany where I was stationed at the time. Was pretty pokey but as uncomfortable as hell and an absolute rustbox. First and last Ford EVER. It wasn't this one but mine was exactly the same. Daytona Yellow I think the colour was.


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For me 105e Anglia,Mk1 & Mk2 Escorts,Mk 1 & Mk 2 Cortina's = nostalgia
(definitely not Mk3's though) and literally hundreds of hours and lot's of cash spent tuning and modding them (including loads of rust repairs)
My first car with a rev counter was a 1954 100e van,but it was me that fitted it along with a 1500 Cortina engine 👍
 

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I honestly don't see the fascination with these, I'd rather have a Opel Manta.

A mate used to race the boy racers that thought they were driving something special that was one of these, he had a Opel Ascona he was a mechanic and the only thing he would tell me he had done was lowered the suspension, I know he had because sit in the back and the ride was so hard/stiff it would loosen your fillings.
 

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It's one car I never liked party due to when we were kids there used to be an old lady in our block right battleaxe she used to have a white Mk2 and used to try an run us over in it when we were playing in the street, stupid old cow she used to get out and put her walking stick through our bike spokes ever since then when ever I see those escorts I think of that bat.
 

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I had one , they used to rot around the window seal on the painted metal scuttle.
Driving in the rain meant you got sprayed with water lol 😂
The front valances gathered stone chips for fun a problem we don’t have on modern cars these days with the plastic front ends.
 

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It's one car I never liked party due to when we were kids there used to be an old lady in our block right battleaxe she used to have a white Mk2 and used to try an run us over in it when we were playing in the street, stupid old cow she used to get out and put her walking stick through our bike spokes ever since then when ever I see those escorts I think of that bat.
I bet you do.........You dirty boy
 

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Why just WHY???? Anyway first car I had with a rev counter was a yellow with a black vinyl roof MK3 Cortina GXL brand new straight from Dagenham as it happens. I had to go and pick it up. This was back in the early seventies. I drove that car to Krefeld in Germany where I was stationed at the time. Was pretty pokey but as uncomfortable as hell and an absolute rustbox. First and last Ford EVER. It wasn't this one but mine was exactly the same. Daytona Yellow I think the colour was.


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The mk 3's were my fav shape Cortinas, my brother owned a mk 2, 1.6GL in brown. Although when I first started driving (around 86), before I got through my test. Mk 3's and mk 1 Capris (which I also liked), were rust buckets by then.
 

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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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Nice looking motor.
I like the way car designs progressed throughout the 70s, 80s & 90s.
 

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The mk 3's were my fav shape Cortinas, my brother owned a mk 2, 1.6GL in brown. Although when I first started driving (around 86), before I got through my test. Mk 3's and mk 1 Capris (which I also liked), were rust buckets by then.
Back in the day the Mk3 was known as the rocket due to all the reps bombing up & down the motorways of the UK.
The 2.0 engined cortina could do 100mph , my uncle was a rep & he had a 2.0 model in the 1970's.
He regularly bragged of sitting at 100mph on the M6 after his liquid lunch at whatever pub he stopped at lol 😁
 

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Back in the day the Mk3 was known as the rocket due to all the reps bombing up & down the motorways of the UK.
The 2.0 engined cortina could do 100mph , my uncle was a rep & he had a 2.0 model in the 1970's.
He regularly bragged of sitting at 100mph on the M6 after his liquid lunch at whatever pub he stopped at lol 😁
When I was around 14 my mates brother had a 2.0 mk3, probably why I liked them. He had air horns too:ROFLMAO: The mk4's were very fashionable motors for their time. I don't think drink, driving was as uncommon back then.
 

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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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Growing up we had an ancient Mk2 Popular...not even be Poplar plus.
Reg. WUS 234S...(aka The Wuzz) Sahara Beige...well the bits that weren't rusty. Loved it as a kid...didn't know or care that it was a shed.
 

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Back in the day the Mk3 was known as the rocket due to all the reps bombing up & down the motorways of the UK.
The 2.0 engined cortina could do 100mph , my uncle was a rep & he had a 2.0 model in the 1970's.
He regularly bragged of sitting at 100mph on the M6 after his liquid lunch at whatever pub he stopped at lol 😁
Ford claimed 103 mph for these (manual), and 99 mph (auto).

0-60 times of 11.1 and 14.2 seconds respectively.
 

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Growing up we had an ancient Mk2 Popular...not even be Poplar plus.
Reg. WUS 234S...(aka The Wuzz) Sahara Beige...well the bits that weren't rusty. Loved it as a kid...didn't know or care that it was a shed.
One of my brother-in-laws had one in the mid 80s.

It was a Popular, in beige,....with brown plastic seats.
 

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Lad I worked with in the mid 80's sold a minty fresh mk3 rs1600i to buy a seksy as flip mk2 rs1800bda..
You could hear this bda coming from a mile away I swear!!
Had cause to take it to a garage (monthly tune up or something), garage put it on the ramp and found a mahoosive, poorly executed, weld line right across the middle at a slight angle..
Fellow worker was mortified, sold whatever bits off the car he could, scrapped the shell and, about 4 years later, had a sex change
That last point may have been unrelated to his rs1800bda experience.
He wasn't fooling anyone though, he was ugly as sin, had a 5 o'clock shadow at 8am and an Adams apple the size of a clenched fist.
 
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