If travel broadens the mind, then have we got a brain-expanding issue for you! Ford, particularly in Europe, was always good at reappropriating its range for the different markets (think the Taunus-badged Cortinas), especially in the ’70s and ’80s, but they were also at it far further afield.
In this distinctly global issue we uncover the overseas oddballs that look strangely familiar, but were often very different under the skin, including VW-engined Escorts (Brazil) and Sierras badged as Merkurs and powered by turbocharged Pintos (USA) — Dan Williamson uncovers these and three more, plus we’ve also got full features on the South Africa-only Escort Bantam (this one now lives in Germany), and a US-spec, Dagenham-built Cortina Estate that never quite made it to the docks in time.
Almost 80 Classic Ford readers have also been on their travels, taking part in the annual Classic Ford Tour, and experiencing the Laon Historique weekend in France — an event like nothing else we’ve been to, and it was such a hit that we’re sure to return to on a future tour.
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