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Race or rally, Ford was always king throughout the Escort’s reign — here are the 12 Greatest Works Escorts!

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12 greatest works escorts

Alan Mann Racing Twin Cam

Year: 1968

Engine: 215 bhp FVA engine in 1968, 185 bhp Lotus twin-cam in 1969

Major successes: Outright winner, 1968 British Saloon Car Championship, plus three outright race wins in the 1969 Championship

FEV 1H

12 greatest works escorts

‘Mexico special’ World Cup Rally winner

Year: 1970

Engine: 140 bhp 1.85-litre Crossflow

Major successes: Rallied only once, winning the 16,000-mile London-Mexico rally outright, driven by Hannu Mikkola and Gunnar Palm

RWC 455K

12 greatest works escorts

Safari RS1600

Year: 1972

Engine: 200 bhp 1.8-litre BDA 

Major succeses: Rallied only once, winning the 1972 East African Safari rally, driven by Hannu Mikkola and Gunnar Palm

LVX 942J

12 greatest works escorts

Esso Blue RS1600

Year: 1972

Engine: 200 bhp 1.8-litre BDA, 240 bhp alloy 2-litre version from late 1972

Major successes: Won the 1972 RAC rally. Started 15 events in 1972/1973, winning four Internationals and eight National events

LAR 801P

RS1800

Year: 1976

Engine: 240 bhp 2-litre BDG

Major successes: Timo Makinen drove it to win the 1975 RAC Rally, then Ari Vatanen won the 1976 RAC Rally Championship

POO 504R

RS1800

Year: 1976

Engine: 240 bhp 2-litre BDG

Major successes: Boreham’s legendary jinx car of 1976/1977, became a regular winner for Hannu Mikkola in 1978/1979, including winning Portugal in 1979

POO 505R

Cossack RS1800

Year: 1976

Engine: 240 bhp 2-litre BDG

Major successes: Roger Clark’s favourite Escort, which won the 1976 RAC rally. Started 10 Internationals, winning three of them

STW 201R

RS1800

Year: 1976

Engine: 240 bhp 2-litre BDG

Major successes: A brand new car for the 1977 Safari, Bjorn Waldegard won the event outright, and it was then retired as a show car

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RS1800 Vatanen/Rothmans car

Year: 1980

Engine: 240 bhp 2-litre BDG

Major successes: The hardest-working of all the Rothmans cars. New in 1980, it tackled 11 events in two years, winning twice, finishing nine times

K832 HHJ

RS Cosworth

Year: 1993

Engine: 360 bhp 2-litre Mountune YB

Major successes: New for the 1993 Tour de Corse, where it was driven to victory by Francois Delecour. Never again used in an event, it became a 360 bhp test car

L730 ONO

RS Cosworth

Year: 1994

Engine: 320 bhp 2-litre Mountune YB 

Major successes: New for the 1994 Monte Carlo rally, where Francois Delecour drove it to victory. Ford’s first Monte win since 1953

P8 FMC

Escort WRC

Year: 1997

Engine: 330 bhp 2-litre Mountune YB

Major successes: Built by M-Sport for 1997, it gave Carlos Sainz victory in the 1997 Acropolis, and was used five times in that year

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