Only 10,352 Mk1 Escort Mexicos were produced at Ford's AVO plant in South Ockendon, Essex, between November 1970 and January 1975 and because their stronger 'Type 49' bodyshell made them suitable for competition, many were modified for racing or rallying. As a result, original unmolested 'matching numbers' Mexicos are sought after by Ford enthusiasts and their value has increased considerably over recent years. The car modelled is a rare survivor and was originally registered in Swindon in June 1972. Current owner, Colin Bailey from Crawley, bought it in 2004. He has used it regularly throughout his ownership and still greatly enjoys driving his iconic fast Ford, which is modelled as it was when new.
Colin sorted numerous issues immediately after purchase then had the Kent crossflow engine rebuilt and enlarged to 1700cc by Boss Racing Engines, who also fitted a lightened flywheel, Kent 244 camshaft and big-valve head fed by twin Weber 40DCOE carburettors. Through the forum 'Old Skool Ford', of which Colin was a founder member, he met Glen Johnson and Sean Saffin whose business 'Maximum Application' took on the thorough body restoration in 2011. They retained the original colour but used Ford Pearlescent Ice White paint instead of vinyl for the stripes, which was very time consuming! The result, however, is one of the most admired Mexicos in the classic Ford world. On first glance it looks original but on closer inspection it's stunning, and unique.