The Ford MK2 Escort (and the MK1, of course) is a true Blue Oval icon. For that reason, they’ve also become more expensive and more difficult to find in recent years, especially in good condition. So it only makes sense that some builder might want to make new ones, and that’s exactly what an outfit called MST Cars has done.
Yes, the division of Motorsport Tools has created, according to it, the world’s first new Ford MK2 Escort since 1980. It’s similar in vein to other continuation cars like we’ve seen from Shelby, which means that it also isn’t cheap – these new rides start out at £65,000 ($88,291 USD), before taxes. But what we get for that money is something truly special.
The MST Ford MK2 Escort is essentially a road-legal rally car, with a host of race-inspired parts including a full roll cage. This particular example was inspired by the Group 4 rally car, but buyers can choose from a variety of specs and options, including an MK1 Escort, if they so desire.
Engine options are plentiful as well, and include a 2.5L Duratec, BDG, or Millington powerplants, all of which provide around 200 horsepower. Transmission options include a standard six-speed manual or sequential gearbox. Suspension bits can be supplied from Ohlins, Bilstein, or Reiger, while other various goodies include AP Racing brakes, Atlas axles, and a Life Racing ECU.
Buyers can also opt to purchase just a body shell, and go with either a spartan racing interior or a fully-finished cabin. But those sweet retro Minilite wheels, well, everybody’s going to want those. MST hasn’t provided any additional details just yet, but has said that it is open to exporting these amazing continuation cars outside of the UK, which sounds awfully tempting to us.