The Ford Escort was the Blue Oval's small car offering before the first Laser appeared in 1981, with the lineage contiinuing under the Focus nameplate since 2002. The Mk1 Escort was produced in Australia from 1970, before being replaced by the Mk2 Escort in 1975. Both generations became legendary in motorsport circles, with the rear-drive layout and abundance of performance parts available leading it to great success in rally and circuit racing.
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Ford Escort Q&As
Check out real-world situations relating to the Ford Escort here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.
Importing a Nissan Silvia-powered 1973 MK1 Ford Escort
There’s no reason why you couldn’t bring it in and get it registered for road use. To bring it in you need an import permit from the Department of Infrastructure and Transport in Canberra. That allows you to land the car, after you need to consult your state authorities to get it approved for registration. Rules vary from state to state, but it is most likely that you would need a report from an approved engineer.Show more
Escort for learner
GREAT. The Escort is a fun car and great to learn about mechanics and driving. They're easy to work on, there are many parts available and they make a good little club competition car. However, it's old and won't have the modern safety features, but I would say go for it.Show more
Ethanol in the van
THERE shouldn't be any problem in running your car on ethanol-blend petrol, as long as you understand it is still an unleaded petrol and needs the same sort of valve protection it needs on unleaded. The ethanol blends we are seeing are low in ethanol and there's generally no problem with them. It's only when you get to quite high blends that you could encounter problems. In terms of increasing fuel consumption, I don't know of any additive that will increase your fuel consumption on standard unleaded petrol.Show more
What's a good first car for a son?
WITH $3000, your son shouldn't be choosy. Cast a wider net and search for the best car you can find for the money. It's better to have a car in good condition, though it might not be a cool choice. That might sound boring, but he'll get better service out of a car in tiptop shape than one that might have a better image but is run down.Show more
Ford Escort Wheel Size
The Ford Escort has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from ZR 70S 13 for Commercial in 1982.
|Year||Body Type||Front Tyre Size||Front Rim||Rear Tyre Size||Rear Rim|
|1982||Commercial||ZR 70S 13||—||ZR 70S 13||—|
|1981||Coupe||—||13x4.5 inches||—||13x4.5 inches|
|1981||Sedan||—||13x4.5 inches||—||13x4.5 inches|
|1981||Commercial||ZR 70S 13||—||ZR 70S 13||—|
|1980||Coupe||—||13x4.5 inches||—||13x4.5 inches|
|1980||Sedan||—||13x4.5 inches||—||13x4.5 inches|
|1980||Commercial||ZR 70S 13||—||ZR 70S 13||—|
|1979||Coupe||—||13x4.5 inches||—||13x4.5 inches|
|1979||Sedan||—||13x4.5 inches||—||13x4.5 inches|
|1979||Commercial||ZR 70S 13||—||ZR 70S 13||—|
|1978||Coupe||—||13x4.5 inches||—||13x4.5 inches|
|1978||Sedan||—||13x4.5 inches||—||13x4.5 inches|
|1978||Commercial||ZR 70S 13||—||ZR 70S 13||—|