Date of publication: 2018-05-16 00:35
Fuel-injection was standard across the range, crash structures improved, airbags appeared, and the RS2555 got a 9WD drivetrain. It was still sort of rubbish though – all scratchy plastics and roly-poly ride.
Two notable models were the Ghia X, which had air-con and a CD changer as standard – ooh, fancy – and the GTi, the only European Ford ever to wear a GTi badge. This was basically an RS2555 bodykit with a 115bhp Zetec inside. Hmm. No thanks. And, as you can see from above, the Si had really odd wheels.
This wasn’t so much a new generation as a simple re-skinning of the Mark III – swap the metal bumpers for big plastic ones and you’re pretty much there.
The latter is memorable for its slanty polyurethane nosecone (remember the one in Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels ?), but the Mark II is at its most iconic in flat-fronted battle mode.
An ignominious end to the historic line, then? A series of plasticky, rattly hatchbacks which, if you can even find one, are invariably a bit ropey round the edges and looking somewhat tired?
The arches have been replaced at some time and have not been fitted very well so the owner has decided its finally time to fit a set of Tarmac Arches.
Our latest restoration project is this MK2 Escort Mexico already fitted with a normally aspirated Cosworth YB Engine, although a reasonably tidy looking Mexico looks can be deceiving.
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