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It’s time to think differently about Ford’s small hauler with Simon Coulson’s project ideas for the rare Escort 100E and Mk2 Estate…

When you think of street-styled Escorts most people would think of the South London-look or perhaps a toned-down rally replica… here inside the back cover though we like to do things very differently — the word ‘normal’ is not interchangeable with ‘inspirational’. To make things even more, er, un-normal we’ve gone for estate models too!

First a Mk2, and we’ve tried to build a classy car without following those unwritten rules that seem prevalent in our scene at times; that means square lights instead of round ones, full-width bumpers where you’d have quarter-versions and a ’60s shade where you’d usually find a bright ‘signal’ hue. The differences continue with rarely-used Cosmic alloys with a mismatched set of tyres (taller than 50-series… are you mad?) creating a thoroughly unfashionable nose-down stance. GT badges from a Consul and chrome bullet mirrors hint at a more classic angle than most Mk2s, but the overall effect is something that would look like a new angle rather than a load of old ones chucked together badly.

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Next… did you know there was an Escort before the Mk1? OK, you probably did, but I bet you weren’t expecting one like this. Sometimes car modification is about taking things to the limit, and this particular extreme is all about putting a full-on race car on the street. 

Apparently there is a thing called a daylight MoT; if there isn’t then I guess this car can’t exist (legally!). Basically it’s a classic oval hot rod with number plates and indicators — no lights, no windows, no wipers — a caged shell with wide wheels and a highly tuned engine, what more do you need? You’ll need to wear goggles and keep your mouth closed, but it’ll be fun!

Words and illustrations Simon Coulson

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