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1973 Ford Escort Mexico

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  • Mileage35,059
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine1,700
  • LocationLeatherhead


1973 Ford Escort Mexico

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Jacob Boodrie
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This Ford Escort Mexico is presented in pristine condition after Darren the owner of 14 years, commissioned a full nut and bolt restoration around 8 years ago, and cherished ever since.

Built upon the success in the 1970 London-Mexico rally, it used the same body shell as the Escort RS models but was powered by a much larger engine. This is probably one of the best driving experiences you will get from a car that is so responsive and wonderfully threadable through twisty roads.

With an improved 1700cc crossflow engine and many other mechanical changes, this car derives a sense of nostalgia and fondness, combined with great fun.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Jacob after meeting Darren the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

Everything that needed doing to the car has been done, allowing the new owner to only enjoy that classic sporty drive.

Darren has owned the car for 14 years, using the car as a run-around in a slightly worn state initially. He wanted to get a few things done... one thing led to another and the work turned in to a full nut and bolt restoration!

In the ‘Meet the Owner’ and ‘On the Road’ video, he states all of the mechanical and cosmetic changes that were made during the project. From upgrading the engine to a crossflow 1700cc, Quaife differential, floor pans, stainless steel exhaust and full respray to name a few, the car is now looking fabulous from top to bottom, ready to provide so many more driving memories with the new owner.

Since the restoration, the Escort Mexico has featured at a car show, an article in Classic Ford Magazine, and also got some screen time in the Escort Mexico special of Channel 4’s: For the Love of Cars.

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Darren’s friend Paul, performed a full respray on the car from inside and out in the gorgeous Daytona Yellow.

Wheels and Tyres

The car sits on a full set of Yokohama tyres, with Darren replacing the rear two very recently.

The 4-spoke RS wheels are presented in excellent condition, as can be seen in the photos and ‘Exterior Review’ video. Darren has set the car up with a sporty suspension.

Darren also has a set of steel wheels that have only done 100 miles (picture of one in the gallery), these can go with the car for an additional £500 if the buyer is interested.


The panels, apart from the front, are believed to be original and in excellent condition. You can see in the history media file some of the restoration photos that include the car prior to the bare metal respray.

Stripped to the metal, the car had any rust cut out, providing the new owner with a comforting sense of satisfaction.


The Daytona Yellow finish with black detailing was performed by Darren’s friend, Paul in Wales, who has done an expertly executed job on the car. The paint looks even and dazzling throughout.

Take a look through all the photos and the video review of the exterior to see the complete picture.

Glass and Trim

All in excellent condition on the car after restoration.


Overall, the interior is in a pristine condition. Credit goes to Darren for all of the hard work and money injected into the project.

Seats and Carpets

Darren mentions he has replaced the seats, adding the correct contour bucket style.

Like with all other parts added from an expert restoration, the seats and carpets are in immaculate condition. New floor pans were added to diminish any possible signs of rust.


All dials and buttons look to be original.

The dashboard encompasses 6 dials that are in working order. The cabin air unit may need to be reviewed by the new owner as one of the handles seems loose.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The 3-spoke racing wheel maintains great padding and stitching.

The original Escort gear stick is presented in a worn condition that adds a nice touch to the overall interior.


The mechanical restoration results in an intoxicating sound, and it looks incredibly clean too. Darren talks us through everything that's been changed or restored.

Engine and Gearbox

Darren mentions the car has an upgraded Kent 1700cc crossflow in-line four-cylinder engine. The WPE cover looks great too. It also has a 254 Hotrod camshaft lightened and balanced. Darren has the original Mexico sump pan that will be included with the car at sale.

The manual gearbox changes gear very smoothly, with no clutch slippage, as can be seen in Darren's 'On the Road' video.

Suspension and Brakes

On the rear, the car has a Quaife differential, and Darren has set the car up from a suspension perspective to his liking, we think it looks great.

The more reliable and responsive Ford Capri brake discs and callipers have been installed on the Escort Mexico to ensure stopping is just as quick as going!

The Drive

The gearshift is quick, the steering is incredibly responsive and the rear-drive chassis has a sensationally threadable feel along twisty roads.

All mechanical upgrades the car received through restoration only add to the great driving experience this car has.

Electrics and Other

Darren mentions he has recently changed the battery of the car, which sits in the back as the early Escorts should.

He mentions that all dials and electrics work on the car, however, the cabin air unit may need to be repaired.

History and Paperwork

As this was a personal restoration Darren does not have a full invoice history of the works carried out by himself, but we are assured by the professional condition of all work commissioned.

Like with many fast Fords of this era, the number of former keepers is on the high side and amounts to 22. But none of them come close to Darren, whose care and dedication restoring the car to a pristine condition in the most minute details has created a car to be reckoned with.

Please watch the 'Meet the Owner' and 'On the Road' videos as Darren's wealth of information on the restoration will provide a comforting impression on any potential buyer.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
06.04.2019 MOT 34,916
13.05.2017 MOT 34,648
12.05.2016 MOT 34,410
27.02.2015 MOT 33,946
01.03.2014 MOT 32,559
01.03.2013 MOT 30,721
21.08.2010 MOT 30,536
21.08.2009 MOT 29,159
12.08.2008 MOT 28,505
14.08.2007 MOT 27,421
14.08.2006 MOT 26,110
Key Details
  • ModelEscort Mk1 Mexico AVO
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date30.06.1973
  • CC1,700
  • Mileage35,059
  • ColourDaytona Yellow
  • Interior ColourGrey
  • Interior TrimCloth
  • Chassis #BFATNR0067
  • Engine #NR00067
  • MOT10.2020
  • HPi ClearChecking in Progress
  • Former Keepers22
  • Tyre TreadVery Good
  • Tyre BrandYokohama
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned14 Years
  • Key FeatureCondition

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£33,000 bid by mexicomike 24.07.2020 @ 20:00:53
Kulraj Salh

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Kulraj Salh

10 minutes to go! Reserve has been met so this car will go to the high bidder.

£31,500 bid by castle71 24.07.2020 @ 18:46:34
£31,000 bid by mexicomike 24.07.2020 @ 17:44:00

Beautifull car, im restoring one i was wondering where u got alloy wheel centre gel caps tanx


Good news everyone – reserve has now been met. This car will be sold at auction, so don’t let it get away if you want it!

£30,000 bid by castle71 21.07.2020 @ 08:02:08
£29,000 bid by Jayrs 20.07.2020 @ 21:38:14
£28,000 bid by castle71 20.07.2020 @ 19:38:42
£25,000 bid by Jayrs 20.07.2020 @ 10:29:09
£20,000 bid by castle71 20.07.2020 @ 06:41:25
£17,000 bid by matchbox-col 19.07.2020 @ 18:15:30
£16,000 bid by castle71 19.07.2020 @ 16:52:58
£16,000 bid by castle71 19.07.2020 @ 16:36:12
£15,000 bid by Jayrs 17.07.2020 @ 20:37:48

Hi im over your way at around 2pm tomorrow is there any chance I can view. Regards Mark

Kulraj Salh

Hi Mark,

Sorry we couldn’t arrange for a viewing today. Let’s see if another time works once you’ve had a chance to review the content in the listing too.




Hi Darren, is this still available? I have been looking for the right one for a while. If possible I can come tomorrow. I have the funds to buy straight away. Regards Gavin

Kulraj Salh

Hi Gavin, good to chat to you just now on the phone. As discussed, we’ll be back in touch next week. Best, Kulraj


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