One of many projects that Ford AVO worked on , was the MK1 Escort Mexico estate. There is some confusion over whether there were three or four actual prototypes built at Ford’s AVO factory. Although there are four registration numbers documented (RWC481K, PGU97K, VEV678L and YNO14L) it’s not clear whether these were four seperate cars or whether RWC481K was later re-registered. What we do know is that they were all made in 1972 although, in 1974, one of them (VEV678L) returned to AVO and was converted into an RS2000 estate.
The cars bodyshells were strengthened in a similar way to their rallying relations and everything ahead of the doors matched the sporting specifications of the saloon cars on which they were based. The rear end, however, was constructed from the more ordinary estate panels although beneath the surface there was the proper Mexico/RS2000 running gear.
Unfortunately, the cars never went into full production. They reached the press evaluation stage but went no further as the project was shelved. This was probably due to rumours about the impending closure of the AVO factory although nobody seems to know for sure.
The Escort RS2000 and two Escort Mexico estates have all survived and are pictured below.
Thanks to Dave Milburn for sending us these pictures of PGU97K.
Here is YNO14L photographed by us at AVO National Day 2012.
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