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Give your Mk3 Escort project a serious style injection courtesy of Simon Coulson.

OK, so a number of readers would rather see strange scabs appear on their manhood than a Mexico badge on a Mk3 Escort, but get over it, it’s happened — and just look how good the results could be. Plus, let’s not forget, if Ford had the audacity to brand a version of the Mk6 as a Mexico then a Mk3 is practically legitimate. 

The key here is taking ingredients that work so typically well on the Mk1 and Mk2 Escorts and transferring it to their boxy, front-wheel drive sibling. Here we’ve gone for a vibrant Signal Orange with yellow Mexico detailing, with satin black bumpers, mirrors, spoiler and window surrounds: simple yet effective. Signal yellow with orange details would be nearly as cool.

Of course the wheel of choice is a set of polished four-spoke style rims and stretched rubber-band tyres, tucked up into the arches with a maximum slam at both front and rear. Inside we’re thinking RS1600i Recaros and a screaming CVH or maybe a ZVH upgrade up front, to try and maintain some simple, traditional Mexico style. Both on a dirty great pair of downdraughts, obviously. Nice.

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The second inspiration we’ve gone for is unlikely to upset as many purists, but it’s going to annoy plenty at the lights. We’re thinking a proper old man sludge browny-grey, on the deck with some diamond cut, polished, BBS split-rims. Simplicity is key, with no chrome or spoilers, just some simple satin black detailing and a hard slam. 

Under the bonnet the only way is a screaming, all-steel 2.1 Zetec on throttle bodies for a hard-edged soundtrack, slipped inside an immaculately-presented engine bay, with wires, header tanks and ancillaries hidden away in the inner wings in a VW style — a twin-cam on bodies is a glorious sight, and the Mk3 bay is prime for showing them off. 

Now, get out there and do it, and don’t forget to send us the pics. 

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