Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Super Speed Escort

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

In classic Escort circles, there are a lot of rarities and curios to fill your Top Trumps list; Harriers, Crayfords, Nimbuses, Linnets... the more obsessively you dig, the more you learn. The Super Speed Escort is one which, if you happened across an example today, you might think was just a regular mkI with an unusual and somewhat theatrical eyemask. But the Super Speed is pretty much as rare as they come: starting in period with a rare-in-itself Twin-Cam as a base, the aftermarket tuner fitted an Essex 3.0-litre V6 and a ZF five-speed 'box. In its day it offered something a little offbeat for Ford fans who were more interested in rumbling torque than screaming revs, along with the superior Type 49 shell; today it offers rarity, kudos and scene points in abundance. And, of course, the occasional knowing nod from somebody who recognises what it is...

Spotted in the car park at the 2013 Goodwood Revival - click here for more photos.










2 comments:

Wrinklie Superspeed Fan said...

Daniel,
I was the original owner of FLC681J. Have you any way of letting present owner (Nik Davis I think)know that I am interested in comparing notes. The car has changed significantly since I owned it
Graham

juice said...

Hi Graham,
Unfortunately I don't have any contact details - I spotted the car in the car park at the Goodwood Revival, and no owner was in sight. Sorry! I'll keep an eye out for it on the show season this year...