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Ford Escort Mk2 1.3 Ghia, Astro Silver, RHD (1:43 Scale Diecast)

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Because of the success of the luxurious Mk2 Cortina 1600E Ford realised during the late sixties that profits could be increased by producing luxury versions of their standard cars.  This meant that both separate luxury and sporting versions of each model were planned at the initial design stage.

In 1970 Ford had acquired a controlling interest in Italian coachbuilder Ghia and replaced, in spirit at least, the 1300E Mk1 with the even more opulent Escort Mk2 Ghia, which was available with either 1,300cc or 1,600cc engines.  Ghia models featured a sumptuous velour interior with wooden door-cappings and front seat headrests, plus distinctive square headlights, steel sports-wheels and an elegant front wing-mounted Ghia crest.

The car modelled, HMR 490N, has recently been treated to a full restoration in the caring hands of owner Mark Ratcliffe of Wiltshire, who bought the car from his parents in August 1986.  They themselves had previously purchased the car back in November 1977 and the little Escort is now well and truly thought of as one of the family.

  • Engine: 1,297cc 4IL OHV
  • Power: 70bhp@5,500rpm
  • Torque: 68lb.ft@4,000rpm
  • Maximum speed: 93mph
  • 0-60mph: 13.5secs

VA12607 is available in two versions:

  • VA12607A Ford Escort Mk2 1.3 Ghia, Astro Silver, RHD
  • VA12607B Ford Escort Mk2, 1300 Ghia, Astro Silver, LHD - German

Ref: VA12607A


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