Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
When embarking upon a project, people generally have a single focus in mind: they're going to build a show car, or a race car, or a daily driver, or a restomod - you get the idea. But the guy behind this car, Nik Plant, wanted it to tick quite a few boxes at once. The over-arching vision was to create a flawless showstopper that'd also be a reliable and sensible daily driver, and able to run 12-second quarters up the strip as well. Impressively, he's managed to achieve this ambitious goal with gusto.
The car started life as a 1971 1100L, and still wears most of its original panels (all extensively smoothed) along with Mexico wings. Under the bonnet lies a home-built, race-spec 2.1 Pinto with Wössner pistons, Cosworth conrods, a big-valve Vulcan head, Kent cams, and Weber twin-50s, along with a saucy Harris exhaust manifold. It makes a verified 201bhp - pretty damn good for a nat-asp Pinto.
The chassis wears Group 4 coilovers along with plenty of old-school tricks - Princess brakes, decambered leaves, Panhard rod, lowering blocks - and the wheels are good ol' Lotus steels.
All in all, a beautifully cohesive build, resplendent in Electric Monza Blue and dripping in sublime detail. For many, the perfect MkI Escort.