Two-door MkI Escort 1300GT ripe for restoration; rolling 'fast road'
project with engine and 'box; wide arches; lots to do, lots of
Dating from December 1973, this later model Ford Escort MkI left the factory in 1300GT guise which was the performance version of the humble Escort, with a tuned 1.3 litre Crossflow OHV four-cylinder engine under the bonnet.
This example looks ripe for restoration having been purchased by our vendor earlier this year, but has become one restoration too much and is offered for sale ‘as is’, as a rolling shell with an engine fitted. We are told it was built for fast road fun given the roll hoop, bucket seats, wide arches and rally style instrumentation fitted.
We have not had the car running, and it is not known if it has run in recent years or what engine is currently fitted or in what state of tune/health but we are told it will turn and is not siezed.
The shell and underside evidently need work but given the demand and popularity of the venerable two-door Escort MkI, we expect the bidding to be vigorous as this is potentially a blank canvas to be returned to stock as a 1300GT or built into something else for road or race.
The history file includes just the V5C stating 1300GT and a print-off from the website ‘how many left’ which suggests there may only be 107 1300GTs still UK registered making this a rather rare version absolutely worth saving.
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