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Ford Escort Mk1 World Cup Works Rally Car (1970) £49,950
- Location: Basingstoke, United Kingdom
The original FTW47H was one of the seven Ford Works Team cars which competed on the 1970 World Cup Rally from to . The route was some 16000 miles long, starting from Wembley Stadium and travelling around Europe as far as . From there the cars were shipped to with the event continuing around South America to the finish in , six weeks after leaving . The rally was won by Hannu Mikkola and Gunnar Palm in the Escort FEV1H, which remains with Ford to this day. FTW47H was crewed by Colin Malkin and Richard Hudson-Evans but unfortunately did not make it further than after being hit by a lorry.It was subsequently repaired and used by Ford as a publicity car after being decaled to look like Mikkolas winning car and was even driven by him at an autocross event. After being sold by Ford it passed through Roger Clark, Graham Lepley and then Withers of Winsford. Lots of rally cars were broken up at Winsford and many parts were sold from the car. The shell and some parts were sold to David Malone from who then built it back up and rallied the car with a Lotus engine. It stayed around the area for many years until the remains were tracked down by the late Terry Nicholas, a local rally driver and Ford enthusiast.The car today has been reconstructed within the spirit of the original specification but with allowances such that it can be used in Historic marathon type events. It is eligible for the East African Safari Historic, 2014 Sydney andndash; London Classic Marathon Rally and New York-Alaska Trans-America.Specification andndash; Bodyshell: Gartrac Marathon type with roof bars down to front suspension, triangulated back to cage, lowered boot floor for two spare wheels. Engine: Freshly built 1700cc X-flow, twin 40DCOE Weber carbs, dry sump lubrication, World Cup exhaust manifold, spare 1800cc block. Gearbox: 5-speed ZF overdrive top, rebuilt by Brian Wileman. Axle: New Gartrac fully floating historic spec Atlas with 5.1:1 ZF LSD. Front suspension: New Gartrac 4andrdquo; adjustable platform struts with Bilstein inserts, large bearing alloy hubs. Rear suspension: Angled 45 degree two link, five leaf springs, turret Bilstein shock absorbers, Panhard rod. Brakes: Front - AP four pot callipers and vented discs. Rear andndash; twin AP callipers with cable/hydraulic handbrake. Gartrac bias pedal-box. Fuel system: Large capacity Gartrac alloy tank, twin Facet pumps. Wheels and tyres: Set of Gp4 6andrdquo; magnesium Minilites with original Good Year Rally Specials, plus set of Gp4 7andrdquo; Magnesium Minilites. The car is offered today, as a project for completion, consisting of the rolling rolling shell with the majority of parts to finish. It will require seats/belts and a new wiring loom plus some other sundry parts. Contact us for further information
Classic & Sports Car essentials
- Engine size (Litres): 1.7
- Year: 1970
- Body type: Saloon
- Transmission type: Manual
- Fuel type: Petrol
- Colour: White
- First registered: 1970