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Corgi VA09521 Ford Escort Mk1 Mexico, Electric Monza Blue
Product code: BB0115
A Detailed Limited Edition Die-Cast Scale
The Adult Collector.
Suitable for Children 14 years +
Only 10,352 Mk1 Escort Mexicos were produced
at Ford's AVO plant in South Ockendon, Essex, between November 1970 and
January 1975 and because their stronger 'Type 49' bodyshell made them
suitable for competition, many were modified for racing or rallying. As
a result, original unmolested 'matching numbers' Mexicos are sought
after by Ford enthusiasts and their value has increased considerably
over recent years. The car modelled is a rare survivor and was
originally registered in Swindon in June 1972. Current owner, Colin
Bailey from Crawley, bought it in 2004. He has used it regularly
throughout his ownership and still greatly enjoys driving his iconic
fast Ford, which is modelled as it was when new.
Colin sorted numerous issues immediately
after purchase then had the Kent crossflow engine rebuilt and enlarged
to 1700cc by Boss Racing Engines, who also fitted a lightened flywheel,
Kent 244 camshaft and big-valve head fed by twin Weber 40DCOE
carburettors. Through the forum 'Old Skool Ford', of which Colin was a
founder member, he met Glen Johnson and Sean Saffin whose business
'Maximum Application' took on the thorough body restoration in 2011.
They retained the original colour but used Ford Pearlescent Ice White
paint instead of vinyl for the stripes, which was very time consuming!
The result, however, is one of the most admired Mexicos in the classic
Ford world. On first glance it looks original but on closer inspection
it's stunning, and unique.
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